The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 1 Wainwright, 1 tarn and 1 pub.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Leave YHA Langdale through the back entrance, onto the Elterwater road. Go over a cattle-grid and follow the road down until a path crosses under Huntingstile Crag. Turn left off the road and follow the path down to the B 5343. Turn left and almost immediately right down the local road into Elterwater.
(1) Go past the bus stop and The Britannia Inn towards the bridge over Great Langdale Beck. Before crossing the bridge turn left into the car park and out through a gate onto the Cumbria Way path. Follow the river, keeping to the north bank, past Elter Water to Skelwith Bridge. At Skelwith Force, cross over the footbridge and enter the forest on the other side of the River Brathay. Follow the path past Park House up to Park Farm. Leave the Cumbria Way, taking the driveway to the A 593 and turn left. After about 100m past a few houses on the right, take the path through a wooden gate heading south uphill. Follow this path past Lower Arnside until a drystone wall crosses it, first on the right then the left. Just after this, there is a path off to the left that follows thr¡e dry stone wall heading north. The wall then turns 90º to head east and keep following the dry stone wall all the way to a ladder-style that crosses the wall to reach the trig point on Black Fell - Black Crag (Wainwright at 323m).
(2) Head off the fell south-west to a small unnamed tarn and the corner of Iron Keld Plantation. Join the track coming from Low Arnside bearing left to enter the wood. At a fork in the path bear right to head south through the wood to reach the track near the Torver Intake. Turn left and head south-east past Limestone Hill and down to the road junction near Borwick Lodge and bear left along Skinner How Lane. Just past the last building on the right at Sand Ground, take the path (signposted Hawkshead Hill) up the field. This comes out onto a minor road opposite a telephone box and letterbox; turn left into Hawkshead Hill.
(3) At the junction with the B 5285 turn left (signposted Hawkshead) past the Baptist Chapel and out of the hamlet. About 200m further on, leave the road on the right by a signposted metal kissing gate. Ignore the path going right next to the stream, but bear left across the fields past Keen Ground Farm. At a lane, turn left to go down Vicarage Lane into Hawkshead and a visit to The Queens Head Inn near the National Trust Shop. To leave Hawkshead, go up to St. Michael and All Angels church and take the path at the back heading over the fields towards The Vicarage. Turn left at a wooden kissing-gate, going away from The Vicarage to head up to Roger Ground. At the road turn right then leave the road at a sharp right hand bend, going along a track between houses to eventually come out at Howe Farm, with Esthwaite Water right in front. Go down to the main road and turn right. Follow this road for about 300m to the YHA Hawkshead (Esthwaite Lodge).(A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 584ft - YHA Langdale (High Close)
1 : mi 0.9 - alt. 223ft - Elterwater
2 : mi 5.01 - alt. 1017ft - Black Fell
3 : mi 7.29 - alt. 568ft - Hawkshead Hill
A : mi 9.39 - alt. 262ft - YHA Hawkshead
This is low-lying walking and, as such, there is a fair amount of tarmac to be covered. Make sure your boots are comfortable and be sure to take waterproof gear as the weather can change quite quickly. There are a number of places to hole up for a while if necessary and buses can help if it really turns bad.
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The first section of the route is along the Great Langdale Beck and then the River Brathay to the Skelwith Force waterfall. Easy walking and a chance to watch and appreciate the wildlife around you. The second section is less exciting but is also good for noting the incredible biodiversity that there is in The Lake District. Hawkshead is worth exploring, especially the Beatrix Potter Gallery and The Old Grammar School.
The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 8 Wainwrights and 3 tarns.
This variation of the Fairfield Horseshoe starts from High Close on the western edge of Loughrigg Fell. The route follows a clockwise direction offering a different perspective to the normal horseshoe route.
In contrast to the great lakes of the Lake District, here are three small lakes that lay south of Elterwater village.
This is an interesting walk from Elterwater or Chapel Stile.
This is a short walk with a lot of interest. Despite it not tackling any of the major Lakeland summits the views over Loughrigg Tarn are excellent and the panorama from Loughrigg Fell is one of the best. The descent through the arboretum of High Close and Low Wood maintains the interest. This is a great walk for a half day, perhaps when it has rained and then has started to brighten up.
This is a low level lakeland walk suitable for a short day. It takes in Elter Water, Skelwith Force and Colwith Force waterfalls before heading through farmland to the impressive Cathedral Quarry. The return leg passes a good pub which serves food and then through the working slate quarry above Chapel Stile.
A circular walk from Chapel Stile along the Great Langdale valley to the New Dungeon Gill Hotel. Then an ascent along the pleasant Stickle Gill to Stickle tarn followed by the ascent to Blea Rigg and a return to Chapel Stile along the ridge.
A short, and mainly flat, walk which circumnavigates the bottom of the Langdale valley. Good for half a day or when the tops are clagged in. It passes both of the Dungeon Ghyll hotels where refreshments are available.
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