30th April 2017

A walk through Great Langdale

Time 8:20am to 1:20pm
Duration 5 hr
Distance 8.7 mile
Ascent doesn't feel like much but it's knocking on 1000 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Walthwaite Bottom - Elterwater - Chapel Stile - New Bridge - Great Langdale - Stickle Barn - Old Dungeon Gill - through the camp site - Side House - Oak How - Baysbrown - Burlington quarries - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite Bottom
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car park, Walthwaite Bottom, Elterwater

Elterwater is such a popular village with visitors to the Lake District that the car park in the centre of the village and also the roadside around its edges soon become clogged up with cars. This car park appears to act as an overspill, although I suspect this one fills up just as quickly as the others.

Parking is free.

Route Map


It was about half eight when we walked through Elterwater this morning and needless to say the place was just about deserted. There were two people walking their dogs (separately) and someone cleaning their windows. Apart from that, the village hadn't really woke up yet, but it won't be long until you'd struggle to find an empty seat here.

Crossing New Bridge and then walking through the camp site.

New Bridge Chapel Stile.

The Langdale Pikes seen from one of the bridges over Great Langdale Beck.

Today's cute lamb picture.

In view for most of the route through the valley are the Langdale Pikes.

Looking across to Side Pike. We're still walking alongside Great Langdale Beck.


Middle Fell Farm is about as far from the car as we get today. It's a short walk down the road to the camp site, across a couple of fields and then we start the return journey through the valley.

The long distance views weren't clear at all today as this picture of Pike O'Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

Looking across to the Langdale Pikes, although you can't see much of that distinctive shape from here.

And now for the return walk which takes a slightly higher route through the valley.

Side House with Stickle Barn, Rossett, Millbeck etc behind.

and a little further on I take another picture looking in the same direction.

A view back through the valley.

Oak Howe is passed on route to Baysbrown.


On route back to Chapel Stile we pass through Burlington Quarry.

Here's the big hole the quarrymen have spent all that time digging.

The distinctive shape of the Langdale Pikes seen as we walk back down towards Chapel Stile.

Brilliant, it's turning into a lovely afternoon so I'm not complaining, but, the forecast was was actually the opposite to what we got. It was supposed to be brighter in the morning and then clouding over in the afternoon.

And to finish, I look back to Chapel Stile.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks