Local Walks 4- Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge

This is a flat walk and should be suitable for most abilities. You should leave around 2 hours for ample time (plus a little more for cake at the end!)

Park in the national trust car park in the small village of Elterwater and you’ll see the path to the walk through a gate just to the side of the carpark. Follow the path all the way round, past the river, and you’ll come through a gate and past a lake. This is a nice place for swimming on a warm day. If you intend to swim here please read the National Park’s advice for wild swimming here and make sure you feel confident with it.

At the end of the path you’ll come across the of waterfall of Skelwith Force, which you can get closer to by following the path down slightly, although be careful as these rocks can be slippy!

At the end of the route is the lovely café, Chesters By The River, which has a great selection of cakes to takeaway or eat in! We thoroughly recommend factoring a stop here into your walk!

After you’ve eaten as much cake as you can, just retrace your footsteps back along the path to the carpark.

Alternatively, you could park at Skelwith Bridge (although there is less parking here) and do the walk in reverse, ending in The Britannia Inn or Slates (both great options in Elterwater!)

Don’t have a car but want to do this walk? Get the 516 from Windermere train station and get off in either Elterwater or Skelwith Bridge. You can find bus timetables here.

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