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Elterwater, Skelwith Force and Colwith Force walk from Elterwater

Video run time: 26 minutes 18 seconds


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A circular from Elterwater village initially following the Cumbria Way past Elterwater itself and on past Skelwith Force to reach Skelwith Bridge. On this section there are great views back towards the Langdales. There is a cafe at Skelwith Bridge. From there the Cumbria Way is followed to Colwith Force, another delightful waterfall in some secluded woods and then on to the much photographed Slater Bridge. The walk heads on by Little Langdale, with views of Little Langdale tarn before heading back down to Elterwater.

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What to wear and take on your walk:

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Parking: National Trust pay and display car park in Elterwater at the start of the walk (grid reference NY 327 047) - other parking is available in Elterwater.
Directions: Google Maps: get directions here / What3words: custard.dressings.bicker
Walk distance: 5.8 miles (9.3 Km)
Estimated walk time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Height climbed: 355 metres
Grade: 2-B: A medium length walk that requires modest uphill walking
Peaks / summits: None of note
Wainwrights: None
Map: Ordnance Survey - Explorer OL7 (The English Lakes - South-eastern Area)
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Walk features: Birds, Cafe, Flowers, Hills or Fells, Pubs, Stream or River, Views, Waterfall, Wildlife
Facilities / refreshments: 2 Pubs in Elterwater and a cafe part way round the walk at Skelwith Bridge
Nearest town: Walk starts in Elterwater - Ambleside is approximately three miles away
Local accommodation: View accommodation close to the start of this walk from Sykes Holiday Cottages or from
Walk Tags: Video walk, Elterwater, Lake District, walk, Cumbria, National Trust, Cumbria Way, Loughrigg Fell, Skelwith Force, Skelwith Bridge, Chesters, Park Farm, Colwith Force, High Park, Stang End, Slater Bridge, Little Langdale, Little Langdale Tarn, Lingmoor Fell, Dale End, Elterwater Hall, Eltermere Hotel, Britannia Inn, Wainwright, Great Langdale Beck, River Brathay
Video run time: 26 minutes 18 seconds


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