This is a short walk to the rather splendid waterfalls of Launchy Gill on the west side of Thirlmere reservoir. In dry weather it is no doubt a pleasant walk, although the waterfalls might be a bit tame. However, the best time to see a waterfall is after rain, lots of it. And this is when the path is going to be a nightmare. Slippery stone steps, slippery leaves in autumn, slippery tree roots, and the walkway was slippery too. Don't let that put you off! Take walking poles if you have them handy, and allow plenty of time.
When ground conditions are more favourable it would be a great place to explore. Just after the bridge higher on the hillside is an interesting looking boulder that wouldn't take much to roll down the hillside - The Tottling Stone. A faint path heads in that direction.
There are two small laybys either side of the Gill.
If you need accommodation we have details of 13 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
From the signpost just to the right (north side) of the gill, go through the gate and follow the path through the felled area towards the gill. Climbing up beside the gill to the walkway. Cross the bridge at the top of the walkway.
Once over the bridge, climb the steps and at the top bear left onto a narrow path to follow the gill back down to the road.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Helvellyn round from Thirlmere||1.3km (0.8 miles) away|
|High Tove and Armboth Fell from Thirlmere||1.4km (0.9 miles) away|
|Harrop Forest Circular||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Harrop Tarn above Thirlmere||2.0km (1.2 miles) away|
|Birk Crag, Harrop Tarn and Blea Tarn||2.0km (1.2 miles) away|
|Raven Crag, Castle Crag and The Benn||3.2km (2.0 miles) away|
|The Dodds and Clough Head, via Sticks Pass and St John's in the Vale||3.2km (2.0 miles) away|
|Great How||3.8km (2.4 miles) away|
|High Rigg, Naddle Fell, and Wren Crag||3.8km (2.4 miles) away|
|Grisedale Tarn||4.6km (2.9 miles) away|
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