Grasmere Trip Day 1

Day 1 – Elterwater 5th June 2015

Elterwater is a village in the English Lake District and the county of Cumbria. The village lies half a mile (800m) north-west of the lake of Elter Water, from which it derives its name. Both are situated in the valley of Great Langdale.

The mornings walk is an easy one at a total distance is 9.5km (6 miles) with the hardest bit been the climb out of Elterwater to Howe Bank before making our way to “Cathredal Cave” a disused quarry. The Cathedral quarries are a small network of inter-linked quarries above Little Langdale. The system is best known for its main chamber, which still stands forty feet in height, and is lit by two windows off the main quarry. The walk should take just less than 3hrs.

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Elterwater village green ready to set off

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Climbing to Howe Bank

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Climbing to Howe Bank

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Wilson Place Little Langdale

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Wilson Place Little Langdale

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Entrance to Cathedral Cave

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Cathedral Cave

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Cathedral Cave

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Looking back towards Little Langdale

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Looking back towards Little Langdale

The afternoons walk was shorter but a little more challenging with the  steeper climbing out of Chapel Stile up to Lang How before dropping down to Grasmere where where stopping the night in  the youth hostel a distance of 4.5km (2.75miles)

As we started our climb it started to rain but by the time we got to the top the cloud cover was lifting and before long the sun was out

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Climb out of Chapel Stile

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Climb out of Chapel Stile

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Climb out of Chapel Stile

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Phil looking back at where we have come from

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Elterwater in the valley bottom

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Looking down Great Langdale

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Looking down Great Langdale

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Langdale Pike in the distance

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Dropping towards Grasmere

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Dropping towards Grasmere

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Coming into Grasmere

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Grasmere