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18th May 2018

Elterwater Mists

Elterwater Mists

Another day featuring two fine walks started from the cottage in Skelwith Fold at 06:00hrs. Molly has been a little unsettled after yesterday's adventures and maybe she picked up a bug in the water somewhere along the way.

Langdale Pikes

From Skelwith Fold

The quiet country lanes lead down to Skelwith Bridge and the walk into the fields by Elterwater.

Skelwith Bridge

Under Skelwith Bridge

You may just be able to make out the dipper on a rock in the foreground.

Skelwith Force Elterwater
Skelwith Force

The footpath leads behind the hotel and around the back of "Chesters", past Skelwith Force and into the fields of Elterwater, a jogger speeds past us, but otherwise it's very quiet.




And then there was one...

Black Fell

The Photographer

I didn't disturb the man with the tripod, but mornings like this provide fodder for next year's calendars and possibly he's been here on more than morning this week and maybe has some great photos.

Langdale Pikes

The Langdale Pikes

The mists are receeding and dispersing as we head for the village of Elterwater to start the return leg of the walk on t'other side of the water.

Fletchers Wood Colwith Bridge
Fletcher's Wood
Colwith Bridge

On leaving Elterwater, a road heads south and past the Elterwater Inn before reaching Fletcher's Wood where a permissive footpath allows walkers to avoid the road for half a mile, or so and at the same time, enjoy the bluebells and stuff. Close examination of the bridge at Colwith reveals the now-discarded boundary between Westmoreland and Lancashire.

Elterwater Park

Elterwater Park

The Cumbria Way leads through Elterwater Park and look back reveals the summit of Wetherlam.


Back in Skelwith Bridge and the start of the lanes walk back to the cottage. Can you see Molly?

Fell Identifier at Skelwith Fold

2hrs 15mins over a distance of 5 miles



A great favourite for holidaymakers well over a century, the footpath into Easedale offers great views and the promise of sandwiches by the tarn at the half-way point.

Sour Milk Gill

Sour Milk Gill

Easedale Tarn

Easedale Tarn

As usual, someone else has bagged the best seat, so we settle for a spot nearer the water.

The alternative return route is taken with a slightly longer walk via Stythwaite Steps, all pretty easy going. A big rock has a large arrow painted on it to help walkers find the right path, otherwise it's dead simple.



A large group discusses hats and walk plans. 3hrs over the 5 miles.

Walkers: Molly and Me on the Elterwater Walk and Karen joined in for the stroll up to Easedale Tarn.

Weather and conditions: Sunny and warm.

All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2018 ©

Take me back to the start ....

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