Friday, 18 March 2016

B Walk Elterwater 2016

Walk Leader: Beverley Kelly
Total Distance: 7.5 miles app
Total Ascent/descent: 1400ft app

B Route anticlockwise
Rather than racing up Lingmoor Fell we are meandering around Little Langdale taking in some real treasures and completing most of the ascent before lunch! .

Out of Elterwater we take the easier climb alongside Great Langdale Beck to Chapel Stile then to wards the working quarry which we pass through, pausing to take in the view of the Langdale pikes just beforehand.

As we exit the trees we view magnificent Wetherlam and Little Langdale valley. A difficult patch here due to narrow pathways, as we hug the side of Lingmoor for ½mile, but the views are well worth it.

As we wonder round Little Langdale Tarn we find our lunch spot on a naturalised slate heap and watch the world go by. Nearby is one of Lakeland's little known wonders—Cathedral Cave which you just have to see to believe. We will visit the lower cavern.

We continue along pleasant path ways, past an occasional stone cottage and with great views, as we head towards Colwith Force which on the reccie was in full flow and very spectacular.

Now out of the trees again and to wards Skelwith Force which we can see just over the fancy bridge over the River Brathay. Perhaps we will see enthusiasts shooting the rapids.

The remainder of the walk is on the flood plains alongside the Brathay, which is so peaceful and an icon of Lakeland. The paths have been damaged a bit but are still in good shape.

Back in Elterwater we have the choice of refreshments in either the famous Britannia Inn or the pleasant Maple Tree Cafe.

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