Elterwater, Skelwith, Colwith Force, Cathedral Quarry and Slater Bridge
Monday, May 24th, 2010
A low level walk in the Little Langdale valley in the continuing hot weather.
Before we set off, the view from our balcony down into Stockghyll immediately below.
From the balcony again, How Head – the oldest house in Ambleside with its distinctive round chimneys.
After parking at the NT car park just outside Elterwater village we set off over the Bridge over Great Langdale Beck. Very low on water!
Elterwater reflects the perfectly blue sky with the familiar shape of the Langdale Pikes behind.
Zooming in on the Langdales.
A swan approaches the people picnicing on the shores. About right since Elterwater derives it’s name from Elpt Vatin, the ancient Norse meaning Lake of the Swans.
As we leave Elterwater behind and the river now becomes the Brathay, we take in that lovely view once more.
Having passed through Park Farm on the Cumbria Way we reach Colwith Force. Very low on water after the lack of rainfall lately.
From the fields at High Park, the view across to the Ambleside fells.
Jon has my camera for a moment and snaps Pete and I as we share a joke.
High Park Farm with the slopes of Lingmoor behind and Bow Fell in the distance.
A very colourful local!
The disused Cathedral Quarry. The sign reminds us that care is needed here.
You go through a tunnel and emerge into the cathedral. A massive central pillar supports the ceiling and a window throws light all around the chamber.
A pool of water on the floor of the chamber reflects the window onto the ceiling.
Zooming in on the trees through the window help to show the scale of it.
Out in the sun again, the spoil heaps around the quarry.
A panorama of Lingmoor which stretches out in front of us, splitting the Great and Little Langdale valleys.
To our left, Bow Fell towers above the surrounding lower tops.
From the quarry, we head down to the ancient Slater Bridge. A sign reminds us of our responsibilities.
A look at the bridge at that moment demonstrates the need for the sign, ewe and lamb cross the bridge and we hang back to let them do so in peace.
The higgledy piggledy first half of Slater Bridge.
And from the side, the flatter slabs of the second half.
On the path home now, the farmland below Lingmoor.
Looking back to the Coniston fells.
And back over the Great Langdale Beck at Elterwater at the end of a lovely walk.
Finally, we find ourselves a lovely dinner at the Travellers Rest just outside Grasmere. In the light of the setting sun looking up to the slopes of Steel Fell on the other side of Dunmail Raise. We would climb this later in the week.
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