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|Author: , Published: 07 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Cumbria, Great Langdale|
|A moderate to hard walk depending on the weather offering varied terrain and wideranging views over some of the most famous Lakeland Fells including the most spectacular view of the Langdale Pikes you will ever see (in my opinion).|
The start of the walk is in the village of Elterwater which is situated at the start of Great Langdale. Well signposted from both Ambleside and Coniston the village has a fine pub called The Britannia which also serves food and there is often an ice cream van near the National Trust car park. The car park tends to get full quite quickly, particularly in the summer, but there is parking available on the roadside as you enter village.
|Start to Gate at Start of Ascent|
Start point: 54.4345 lat, -3.0335 long
From the centre of the village follow the road leading south past The Britannia pub and over the bridge that crosses the river. After about a quarter of a mile the road forks, take the right fork which heads uphill and then at the next fork go left. The track ascends through trees and soon becomes unsurfaced. Passing through a gate the trees are soon cleared and the track levels, contouring round the side of the hill. Just before the track starts to go down hill there is a gate on your right. This is now your way ahead.
|Gate at Start of Ascent to Stile Near Side Pike|
Start point: 54.4258 lat, -3.0528 long
After passing through the gate the path zigzags up the side of the hill with, initially, views over towards the Coniston Fells and down into Little Langdale. As the path heads towards the top of the hill you pass through a series of abandoned quarry workings. The route is fairly distinct but there are often a number of diversions or alternate paths criss crossing the fell side, it is all access land so there are no problems with right of way but so long as you generally keep to the area near the dry stone wall then you will be fine. Eventually you will come to the summit, a rocky little platform with a cairn and a fine view over towards the Langdale Pikes and behind them the fells of the Fairfield Horseshoe and the Helvellyn Ridge. The way onwards is now, once again following the dry stone wall down towards the obvious feature of Side Pike.
|Stile Near Side Pike to Stile Near Campsite|
Start point: 54.4374 lat, -3.0857 long
Just before you reach Side Pike you come to a stile, cross this and head down hill to reach the narrow lane. Turn right at the lane and follow it until, just after the cattle grid, there is a signpost pointing towards the National Trust campsite. This path starts off running parallel to the road but as it decends it diverges and heads towards a small conifer wood. Just before the trees there is a stile. Dont cross it.
|Stile Near Campsite to Side House Farm|
Start point: 54.4403 lat, -3.1016 long
You now walk parallel to the fence that marks the edge of the conifer wood. When the fence comes to an end the path is indistinct for a while but if you keep heading in generally the same direction then it will quickly become apparent again. The path runs through several fields and crosses two ladder stiles until it eventually joins the Cumbria Way near Side House Farm.
|Side House Farm to Bridge before Chapel Stile|
Start point: 54.445 lat, -3.0871 long
The route now follows the Cumbria Way all the way back to Elterwater. You should follow the way markers that indicate the right of way along a track running next to the Langdale Beck. The track is fairly level and going is easy.
|Bridge before Chapel Stile to End|
Start point: 54.4386 lat, -3.0544 long
Just before you enter the village of Chapel Stile you cross a bridge over the Langdale Beck and walk through the remains of old stone workings. The path continues behind the tiny Langdale Primary School and soon reaches the main road just by the Wainwrights Inn, its not a busy road but care should still be taken as you pass the pub. Immediately after the pub there is a small gate on your right which leads over another foot bridge and the path then heads gently up hill to meet another track which leads all the way back into the village of Elterwater.
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Super intermediate level walk. You can get the bus back along the valley of you wish.
|By boblilley on 10 Nov 2014|
Occasionally tricky to ensure you're on the right track as instructions are quite light. But a great walk in the end.
|By Blackbeltsuz on 09 Jul 2016|
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