CC219 OAK WOODS
This walk starts at the hamlet of Elterwater. From Ambleside take the A593 to Skelwith Bridge and turn right onto the B5343 to Elterwater.There is a pay and display car park in the village and another car park outside the village, just off the B5343.
1. From Elterwater walk back along B5343 towards Ambleside until you cross a cattle-grid. 150 yards after the grid turn left onto a lane. Just 50 yards along, on the left, you will see a fingerpost at a gate. Go through the gate and pass a National Trust sign for High Close. The well-defined woodland path crosses two small wooden footbridges and then to a fork. Take the right fork uphill to walk beside a metal fence. At the corner of the wood continue left on the path (ignore the gate and way-marker in the wall just ahead).
2. The path gradually broadens out to become a stony track that meanders gently up through the wood, passing enormous coniferous trees en route. It leads eventually to a gate. Through the gate you will see stone steps ahead. The steps lead you into the National Trust gardens of High Close.
3. Pass the Youth Hostel on the left and walk up a grass bank. On the left you will see steps onto a walled terrace. Walk along right on the terrace and turn left in front of a low wall. A few yards then down more stone steps. Turn left to go through the gate onto the road. Continue along past the hall and down the lane. At the junction go straight ahead, to follow Dungeonghyll, until you come to the village of Walthwaite.
4. Where the lane meets the main road turn left and walk along the road to Wainwrights Inn. Just past the Inn there is a bridleway on the right. Go through the gate here to cross a wooden bridge. Turn left onto the path by the river. The return route, along a quarry road, is flanked by the great, green spoil heaps of Burlington slate to the right and the cold, clattering, cascade of Great Langdale Beck to the left.
Map:OS Outdoor Leisure 7 - English Lakes South Eastern Area
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 2 hours
Terrain: Easy walking on woodland paths and quiet country lanes.