Walk 3: Great Lang­dale and El­ter­wa­ter Café

Lancashire Life - - TEA AND TREKS -

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.


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

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