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.
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.
Limited parking is available in Chapel Stile, do not park in private places or block any narrow roads. On busy days you will have to park further afield.
This GPX and route is described as starting and finishing at the parking beside the village shop. Please note this is only for illustrative purposes as the centre of the village. The parking here is for patrons of the shop and tea room only; it is not for long term parking whilst you go walking..
(D/A) From the parking, turn left and walk down the road in the direction of Wainwrights Inn. Just after some trees and before the inn there is a path on the right hand side of the road.
(1) Turn right and follow the path which leads behind the school, through Thrang Farm and which joins the track leading over the bridge to the campsite. Keep walking along the good track past the campsite to the next bridge.
(2) Cross the bridge and continue along the track until there is a path on the left. Follow the path with a stream on your left to another track, turn left and follow this to the car park opposite the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Cross the road to the Hotel.
(3) Follow the Cumbria Way through the hotel grounds and once beyond the fell wall make sure that you take the turning right and uphill (leaving from the Cumbria Way) on a path that follows Stickle Ghyll. The stream will be on your right as you start the ascent but you will cross the ghyll part way up and then re-cross it again just before the dam and Stickle Tarn.
(4) Enjoy the views of the tarn and Pavey Ark, this is a good place to have a break and a snack. Follow the path on the right as if going around the tarn in an anticlockwise direction until you come to a junction with a path on the right.
(5) Take the path on the right; there are a couple of variations possible but both lead uphill to Blea Rigg. Paths lead either side of the rocky ridge but smaller paths lead directly along the ridge top.
(6) From the ridge top, follow the path in a generally easterly direction, passing some boggy ground to Little Castle How. The path turns south of south east and descends under Swinescar Pike to a junction just above a small tarn.
(7) From the junction, go either in front of or behind the tarn (the path behind is drier) to where the paths join again on the other side.
(8) On the other side of the tarn follow the path along the side of the ridge, looking down on Chapel Stile. The path will cross Megs Gill and join the prominent path leading from Chapel Stile to Grasmere.
(9) At the junction, turn right and take the path downhill, slanting across the hillside to Chapel Stile, heading towards the old quarry. Join at track beside the quarry.
(From (9) it is also possible to head straight down the hillside and join the minor road above the village.)
(10) Turn left and follow the track back into the village and back to your parking (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 285ft - Parking
1 : mi 0.06 - alt. 289ft - Path
2 : mi 1.03 - alt. 276ft - Bridge
3 : mi 2.27 - alt. 318ft - New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel
4 : mi 3.15 - alt. 1532ft - Stickle Tarn
5 : mi 3.35 - alt. 1555ft
6 : mi 4.35 - alt. 1722ft - Blea Rigg
7 : mi 5.65 - alt. 1286ft - Junction
8 : mi 6 - alt. 1211ft - Lang How Tarn
9 : mi 6.7 - alt. 978ft - Junction
10 : mi 7.26 - alt. 397ft
D/A : mi 7.5 - alt. 285ft - Parking
Refreshments are available at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.
Once out of the valley there are no shelters. Check the weather and dress accordingly, whilst this is not a long or challenging walk the ridge can be cold in windy weather. I would always advise taking a windproof / waterproof and as it is wet underfoot in places boots that will keep the water out out. In dry conditions it is possible to do this in approach shoes.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Nice views throughout with changing scenery from the valley farmland to an upland ridge.
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 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.
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 an interesting walk from Elterwater or Chapel Stile.
In contrast to the great lakes of the Lake District, here are three small lakes that lay south of Elterwater village.
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.
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.
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.
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