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Easy Walk between Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge

By Dave Roberts   

on April 26, 2018    3/5 (1)

Easy Walk between Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge

Further Details

Route Summary:

Flat and accessible trail in the heart of the Lake District.

Route Start Location: Elterwater

2.38 km 29 m 1 hour

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Pubs and cafes can be found at either end.


Accessible and flat path, no stiles.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking :

Car Park in Elterwater

Public Transport:

516 Bus Route between Dungeon Ghyll – Kendal / Ambleside. Six buses daily.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Easy Walk between Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Easy Walk between Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge

This easy walk between the villages of Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge in the Lake District’s Great Langdale has sections of trail and path that’s suitable for all abilities. The path between Elterwater and Skelwith Force is reasonably accessible – with flat trails, while the trail between Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge is a fully accessible footpath for all.

The views across Elterwater to the unmistakable Langdale Pikes are surely the high point of the first section that initially follows the river of Great Langdale Beck from the village and continues parallel to Elterwater rather than hugging the lakeside. It’s edges are reedy, and so not as easy to get to as some of the other lakes.

The walking route finishes off by taking you past Skelwith Force and over the distinctive Woodburn Bridge before you need to turn around at the village of Skewith Bridge. Of course, you’ve also got the villages of Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge at either end of this easy walk that can be explored and you can easily spend half a day or more on this reasonably short walk. The distance quoted above assumes that you’ll be walking the route both out and back.

If you’re looking for a more accessible track, then you need to start from Skelwith Bridge, with the accessible section taking you as far as the Woodburn Bridge.

Easy Walk between Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge

Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge Route

For more information and a pdf route visit the Lake District National Park website.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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