Great Langdale

Great Langdale

Southern Lake District

Route: Great Langdale

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 29th September 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 10.0 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Cloudy, sunny intervals and showers

Great Langdale is the area where we first fell in love with the Lake District many years ago and return visits always bring back happy memories. I’d been planning a high level walk but dark skies and ferocious winds persuaded me to keep to a valley route, which proved to be a good choice today

I parked near Skelwith Bridge and joined the Cumbria Way, which runs beside the River Brathay. Skelwith Force was roaring and the river was very high after yesterday’s torrential rain, and as I walked round Elter Water the lake was almost level with the path. It was here that I got my first view of the Langdale Pikes, a wonderful sight, and looking their best today surrounded by dramatic skies and patches of sunlight

I walked through Elterwater and Chapel Stile, following the path along the northern side of Great Langdale, and on reaching the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel I started the return leg by crossing over Great Langdale Beck and walking back along the other side of the valley

As I did so the rain showers became more frequent and intense and the camera had to be stowed away at times. When I reached Elterwater I retraced my steps along the Cumbria Way back to the start. It had been a superb low level walk and a privilege to have seen the Langdale Pikes on such a day

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