River Brathay, Langdale


Route: Great Langdale and Little Langdale

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 6th November 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.0 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Overcast and dull with periods of drizzle and rain

I’ve been lucky with the weather on recent walks. Sooner or later my luck had to change, and today was that day. The skies were grey and overcast as we parked by the roadside in Skelwith Bridge, along the road leading to Elterwater. We joined the Cumbria Way, which passes by Skelwith Force waterfall and follows the bank of the River Brathay as it flows out of Elter Water. The beautiful path then passes by Elter Water, with good views of the Langdale Pikes further along Great Langdale

When we reached Elterwater village we’d planned to contine along Great Langdale, but in view of the poor light we decided to shorten the route, and turned off at Elterwater Hall, passing along the edge of Sawrey’s Wood. Another shortcut beyond the wood meant that we missed out on visiting ancient Slater Bridge, one of the scenic highlights in Little Langdale. (For a longer version of this walk, which is recommended when the weather is better than it was today, click here)

When we arrived at Stang End we began the return leg, heading east back towards Skelwith Bridge. At this point is started raining quite heavily and the camera had to be stowed away at times. We passed by Colwith Force waterfall and followed a path mostly through woodland back to the start

One of the reasons for choosing Langdale as the venue for today’s walk was to enjoy the autumn colours in the valley, but the light was so poor that these weren’t shown at their best. The beauty of the landscape was undiminished though, and this is a walk worth following whatever the weather

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