6th September 2015

Grasmere, Elterwater, Skelwith Bridge and Loughrigg Tarn

Time 11am to 3:15pm
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 9 mile
Ascent 1000 ft or somewhere around that figure
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Grasmere - Hunting Stile - Elterwater - Elter Water - Skelwith Bridge - Loughrigg Tarn - Oaks - Deerbolt Wood - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Parking Spaces, A591 outside Grasmere

When Grasmere is very busy and parking is a problem, this would be a good place to try. It may be outside the village but it's only a 5 minute walk to the village centre. From the south end of the lay-by cross straight over the road and follow the signed footpath to Millennium Bridge and the church.


Route Map


There was no rush for anything today so we left home to arrive outside Grasmere later than we normally would. Luckily we managed to grab the last parking space before making the short walk into the village. Here you see Helm Crag and Steel Fell; both looked inviting but we had other ideas for us today.

Stone Arthur seen from the path between the car and Grasmere village.

Millennium Bridge.

Here's another picture of that tree in front of Grasmere. Seat Sandal is to the left of the tree and if someone chopped it down, you'd be able to see Stone Arthur and Great Rigg.

A shady lonning takes us from the Grasmere road up to the higher ground above Red Bank / High Close.

Once out in the open the views open up in the direction of Dunmail Raise, Helm Crag, Steel Fell and Seat Sandal.

And a wider version of the previous picture.

Looking ahead we see Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Lingmoor Fell, the crinkles on Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater.

Loughrigg Fell seen from the path just outside Elterwater.

For such a lovely spot it's a real shame that this is the all the shoreline you can get to at Elter Water.

Once the water reaches the outflow of the lake it becomes the River Brathey again and this route follows it for about half a mile of really pleasant walking..

A long distance view through the valley to the Langdales.

Chesters cafe / shop in Skelwith Bridge. It's all really tasty but they do expect you to pay far more than you really should for a piece of cake or a sausage roll or whatever else you choose to buy.

The farm at Tarn Foot. I suspect it's called Tarn Foot Farm but I'm not 100% sure.

Loughrigg Fell again, this time taken from the track above Loughrigg Tarn. You can't miss the tarn unless you come here at 2 o'clock in the morning.

There you go, Loughrigg Tarn.

and by the water's edge looking across to the unmistakable Langdale Pikes.

Looking up to The How.

I can see me sitting doing this when the fells become too difficult to walk up and down.

Here's a view back to the tarn, taken just before we reached the road.

Passing by Oaks.

We walk through Deerbolt Woods towards Loughrigg Terrace but turn off to the right just before reaching the gate. This route takes us down to the lake without needing to walk across the terrace. It's no better or worse, it's just a different option that's all.

Seat Sandal, Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Heron Pike all seen from the side of the lake.



I was going to say that was a great little walk but when you look at it we still managed to clock up 9 miles. So, great walk, yes absolutely. Little walk, well, I don't think 9 miles should be dismissed however easy going the route may have been.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks