2nd November 2014

Elterwater, Skelwith Bridge and Loughrigg Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 10am to 12:10pm
Duration 2 hr 10 min
Distance 4.4 mile
Ascent about 500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Elterwater - Skelwith Force - Skelwith Bridge - Tarn Foot - Loughrigg Tarn - High Close - 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


Elterwater Bridge.

We had a short walk from Elterwater today and much to our delight, we had a nice taste of autumn; albeit on a small scale.

Loughrigg Fell.



Sunshine on the Langdale Pikes.

We follow the path alongside the River Brathay which was really lovely today.


Looking towards the distant Langdale Pikes.

This is Woodburn Bridge where Jennifer spotted a red squirrel half way across the bridge. As quick as a flash it was off the bridge and clinging to a tree where it seemed happy to pose for a photo.

And here it is.

Skelwith Force waterfalls were pretty impressive today. I suspect we've had days recently when I would not have stood here taking photos.


Skelwith Bridge bridge where we had our lunch. As it was a short walk we were doign today, we didn't bother bringing any food with us, BUT, once we saw the food on offer at Chesters take-away we gave into temptation. Quite expensive but really nice.

Tarn Foot, found near the tarn, , , , , well where did you expect it to be!

We timed our arrival at Loughrigg Tarn perfectly and enjoyed seeing the place at it's absolute best.

Zooming in on The How.

Loughrigg Fell rises above our path.

Autumnal Loughrigg Tarn.


Making our way towards The How.

The How.


Not too far for us to go now and thankfully the cloud waited until we were almost at the car before rolling in once more. Someone up there must have thought we deserved a short autumnal treat.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks