Flowing between high fells and below mighty rocky crags, through the stark openness of Langstrath and by the oaks of Stonethwaite, the tumbling clear waters of the Stonethwaite and Langstrath Becks are quite magical. In Old Norse (Viking) ‘Thwaite’ means clearing and ‘Lang’, long. ‘Strath’ is Celtic for river valley. People have loved this quiet place for ions of time. The shorter route crosses the footbridge at Johnny House whilst the longer continues up Langstrath to the foot of Stake Pass before making return.
CLASS: Valley Walk (alt 220m on ext).
LENGTH: 4 km (10 km with ext).
TIME: 1.5 hours (3.5 hours with ext).
DIFFICULTY: Easy, mainly level going, though Langstrath is remote. START & FINISH: Stonethwaite (262 137).
MAPS: OS L89 or OL4.
HOSTELRIES: Café and Langstrath Country Inn in Stonethwaite.