This low level walk explores one of the more industrial landscapes in the Lakes, passing between working and abandoned quarries around Tilberthwaite and Pierce How Beck before returning to Little Langdale across slightly higher, more open land, with good views to the north and east.
Length: 3.2 miles
Map: The English Lakes - South Eastern Area (OS Explorer Map Active)
We start at the telephone box in Little Langdale. There is a limited amount of road side parking in Little Langdale, some close to the phone box and some further east.
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From the phone box head down the side road signposted for Tilberthwaite (but as unsuitable for vehicles). Follow this road all the way down to the River Brathay.
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Three tracks lead away from the far side of the bridge. Take the middle of these tracks, and follow it as it runs south through Moss Rigg Wood, which climbs up a steep slope to the right of the track. After about half a mile we reach a junction in the track - take the right hand branch, which runs alongside the spoil heaps from one of the many quarries in the area, and follow this track all the way to High Tilberthwaite Farm.
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As we enter the farmyard a track leaves to the right. Turn onto this track and follow it as it climbs up to the north, heading across the lower slopes of Knotts. This section of the walk offers some sweeping views off to the north and east. Just before the track begins to drop down into Little Langdale there are a number of rocky outcrops which are well worth visiting, as they offer the most uninterrupted views to the north. After enjoying the view return to the track and follow it as it drops down into Little Langdale.
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Our track curves away to the left as it drops, and eventually joins another track at a T-junction. Turn right onto this track and follow it as it runs east, alongside more spoil heaps and past the climbing hut at Low Hall Garth.
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A few hundred feet past the climbing hut turn left onto a footpath that leads towards Slater Bridge, a stone footbridge across the Brathay. Two paths lead away from the bridge - take the right-hand branch which curves around around the right-hand side of a small hill and rejoins our original lane. Turn left onto this lane and follow it back to Little Langdale.