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.
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.