Elterwater & Grasmere
Elterwater & Grasmere

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Where            from Elterwater over to Grasmere and back
Distance         9.9km / 6.2 miles
(total) Ascent  437m / 1434ft
High Point       267m / 874ft

Car Parking - Roadside (free) car park at 329 051
Toilets - In Elterwater, 321 052
Refreshments - Pubs, Cafes in Elterwater and the ‘Faeryland’ tearooms Grasmere
Map - OL7 English Lakes SE buy it here from Amazon
Points of Interest - The woods on the way down to Grasmere were full of fungi at the beginning of October (including Fly Agaric – beware) and we were lucky enough to see just one Red Squirrel


Leave the car park and follow the narrow road uphill to a road junction and take the right fork – follow this road, or go through the tracks in the bracken on the left hand side of the road
Where another path crosses the road/track you are on, turn left uphill
As the path starts to level out at the top of the col, head left and ascend the end of Dow Bank – though there is no Right of Way shown on the OS maps, there is a fairly well defined track, which takes you along the top of Dow Bank to the summit cairn (330 057) and then you start a gentle descent
At the bottom of the descent, you meet a path that crosses the ridge – go right down this path, through bracken and the occasional low yew tree
Go through the gate in the wall and follow it down through the woodland known as The Wyke
At the bottom of the Wyke, head left downfly agaric DO NOT EAT THIS ! the tarmacced driveway, and where this meets the public road, go left again
Just after passing the Faeryland tea rooms, take the path off to the left and follow this uphill, walking up the flank of Silver How with a wall on your left
At the field corner, carry on across the open hill to the SW heading for the skyline – for the most part it’s a case of follow the path trampled through the bracken
At the top of the ridge, you cross the path that initially brought you up to Dow Bank and descend on the other side, gently at first
Then the path gets a little rockier and trickier as it descends down the side of the gill
As the terrain levels off and becomes covered in bracken again, you meet a fork in the path, the left hand for continues to descend, the right hand fork ascends very slightly – take this right hand fork round the back of Chapel Stile. Continue to follow this path as it contours round the hill and you will eventually meet a wall on your left
As you approach Harry Place Farm, the wall comes to an end – follow the waymarks down to the roadside
Head Right along the road for a short distance, then left through the gate on to the track
Go over the bridge and head left down the track for 500 m or so then through the campsite
Go over the bridge, follow the track east and take the path right where it forks, no need to join the road at this stage. Pass round the houses, (but play on the swing at your own risk  ) and take a left/right dogleg on the track to take you along a footpath round the back of the School
The footpath brings you out on the main road opposite the public toilets, go right down the road, past (if you have the willpower) the pub) and take the path/bridleway on the right immediately after said pub, crossing the footbridge and downstream alongside the river
Where you meet the access road to the quarry, turn left and follow it
Turn left again along the public road, and straight past the green, foregoing the pleasures of the Britannia Inn and the Ice Cream Shop/Deli, along Mill Row and then back over the B5343 and back to the start

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