It rained all night but fortunately had stopped by the morning and yes it managed to stay dry all day! We drove and parked up just outside Elterwater, from above the village we had a lovely view down the valley to what I think is the snowy peak of Langdale Pike in the distance.
The footpath took us along the side of the Lingmoor Fell – how fabulous are these moss covered roots – looks like a gang of green moles in progress!
We were mostly wandering through the trees on an access lane for the first mile or so.
Then we left the trees behind with great views up and down the Great Langdale valley.
At Oak Howe we joined the Cumbria Way and continued up the valley towards Great Langdale, with the snow frosted peaks of the Langdale Pikes guiding the way. At this point the footpath has been adopted as a stream, with all the recent rainfall as we tumbled our way back down to the valley.
At Great Langdale, no more than a couple of houses, a hotel and a NT pub! The Stickbarn, what a fab place to stop and recharge your batteries – we sat on the terrace for a drink and to take in the views – imagine what it must be like on a lovely summers day?
This was our turning point so we took the footpath along the valley floor, mostly following the very fast flowing Great Langdale Beck to Chapel Stile. A look back at the fast disappearing snowy peaks as the weather begins to close in again.
At Chapel Stile the little beach we had played on before has disappeared under white water rushing down the valley and accompanying us on our last leg to Elterwater.
Leaving Elterwater behind to reach the car, we have had a great 7.5 mile walk and not a drop of rain – perfect!