25th May 2014

Elterwater, Loughrigg Tarn and Skelwith Bridge


Walk Overview
Time 8:40 to 10:30 am
Duration 1 hr 50 min
Distance 4.4 mile
Ascent about 500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Elterwater - High Close - Loughrigg Tarn - Tarn Foot - Skelwith Bridge - Skelwith Force - Elterwater
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Walthwaite Bottom, Elterwater

Elterwater is such a popular village with visitors to the Lake District that the car park in the centre of the village and also the roadside around its edges soon become clogged up with cars. This car park appears to act as an overspill, although I suspect this one fills up just as quickly as the others.

Parking is free.


Route Map


Looking over Walthwaite Bottom to Elterwater.

"sorry, we didn't mean to give you a fright!

A close up of Elterwater.

From the roadside between High Close and Loughrigg Tarn you get this view across to Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs and on the right is Lingmoor Fell.

Over the field and over the wall is Oaks.

Looking back along the track we were following to Loughrigg Tarn.



Loughrigg Tarn was lovely this morning and very popular.


Cottage for sale in Skelwith Bridge.

The River Brathay runs through Skelwith Bridge (the village), under Skelwith Bridge (the bridge), and then makes its way to Clappersgate and into Windermere.

We follow a very leafy lane out of Skelwith Bridge.

Skelwith Force.

Standing next to the falls and looking upstream towards Woodburn Bridge.

It looks dark over the Lakgdale Pikes.


There aren't may opportunities to get to the waters edge at Elter Water (or is it Eltermere). In fact this is about it. A shame really because it really is a lovely area.

Almost back in Elterwater and we'd soon learn what has actually been done to the building where the village store used to be.

Elterwater Bridge.

Here we are in Elterwater and the mystery is solved. The corner shop hasn't reopened as a shop as I first thought, it's a cafe instead, and quite nice as well. I hope they manage to make a go of it and it turns into a successful venture.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks