Walk 3: Great Langdale and Elterwater Café
If you’re looking for easy walking in impressive surroundings, look no further than Great Langdale. Set off from Skelwith Bridge and use a combination of lanes, tracks and trails as far as the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, where you can then catch the 516 bus back to where you started. The majestic Langdale Pikes dominate the scene for much of the time, and you get to call in at the small-but-perfectly-formed Elterwater Café along the way. The whole walk is a little over five miles, but a bus stop is never far away should you wish to cut it short.
KELDAS AND HELVELLYN COUNTRY KITCHEN
The pine-topped viewpoint of Keldas commands an excellent perspective over Ullswater. Walkers can tuck into breakfast at Helvellyn Country Kitchen, something of an institution with Glenridding walkers, before climbing steadily to the 1020ft summit. After a visit to the treefringed waters of atmospheric Lanty’s Tarn, drop into glorious Grisedale, the valley that cuts between the Helvellyn and Fairfield ranges. Skirt the base of the fells and ford Hag Beck to reach Patterdale. End by following a roadside trail that weaves in and out of the trees back to Glenridding. That’s a lot of charm and variety packed into just four miles!
Ullswater seen through the pines on Keldas
Looking across Elter Water to the Langdale Pikes