OS Map: The English Lakes South Western area (1:25000)
Start Grid Reference: NY 308010
Walk distance: 5 miles
Time: 3 hours (approx.)
This is a gentle walk that starts by taking you through flat farm land, along a wooded track to a quarry. A track continues again through farmland to the village of Little Langdale. The route takes you by the side of the lake before bringing you back along the edge of the woods to Tibberthwaite. This is another of the walks found the Footprint publication Walks around Coniston (www.footprintmaps.co.uk)
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From the car park you look down the valley to Tibberthwaite.
After leaving the road at the farm (see notes on placemarks), the track takes you through Bakestone's Barrow Wood.
Bakestone's Barrow Wood
You emerge from the wood at the disused quarries at Hodge Close. Leave the path to explore the massive hole.
The path follows the road now until Stang End. During the summer there is an opportunity for a refreshing cup of tea, but not in March when we were there. From Stang End you take a path to the village of Little Langdale, where there is a pub.
Walking through and beyond the village there is a footpath on the left to Slater Bridge. Along this path there are good views of Little Langdale Tarn and a great place for lunch.
Little Langdale Tarn
From here the path is easily followed along the road and then a track. There is an acute left turn which brings you back to Tibberthwaite.