The walk started at Skelwith Bridge, on a bright and crisp morning. We followed the River Brathay past Skelwith Force waterfall and onto Elter Water. The morning mist was still hanging over the water and fields.
The track took us into Elterwater where we crossed the bridge and carried on along the other side of the river towards Chapel Stile. From the village we followed a road towards the church, eventually picking up a path up and onto the fell. There were nice views back across the valley, and we climbed up towards the waterfalls. Rydal Water and Grasmere could be seen from the top.
The original plan was to drop down into Grasmere village, however the weather and views were so good that we just worked our way along the top, taking in Spedding Crag and Dow Bank, before dropping down to High Close Youth Hostel.
From the YHA we went through the National Trust owned gardens, to join the road leading to Loughrigg Tarn. We took the track around the tarn, and then picked-up the road back to Skelwith Bridge.