A Walk to Skelwith Bridge in the Lake District
The Lake District in Cumbria
The Lake District in Cumbria, is one of the most popular scenic holiday destinations in England. It is a National Park in the North West and covers an area of 885 square miles.
Although the Lake District is renown for it’s wet weather, it doesn’t deter the enthusiastic walker. The breathtaking scenic mountains and lakes are a magnet to all who are prepared to face the good ole British weather!
This was my first visit to the Lake District, with my husband, sister and brother in law. We went in the month of May and certainly experienced the very changeable British weather. Plenty of sunshine and rain and May turned out to be the wettest on record!
Undeterred we donned our walking boots and waterproofs and started walking……
We visited some of the big lakes, saw some of the bigger mountains and drove some pretty scary roads, all very impressive!
But my most memorable and enjoyable walk was from the small village where we stayed and was a round trip of just 3 miles.
The Britannia Inn - Elterwater
We stayed at the Britannia Inn, a traditional Cumbrian Inn in the pretty village of Elterwater. It’s situated in the breathtaking Langdale Valley which is at the heart of the Lake District.
I Recomment the Walk to Skelwith Bridge from Elterwater
After a day out exploring, our walk ended abruptly in a terrific hail storm and we returned to the Britannia Inn late afternoon, to wonderful sunshine.
The blue sky and sun was more than we could resist and we decided to go for a walk in the village.
From the River Brathay which flows through the village was a signpost to Skelwith Bridge 1.5 miles. As we were a little weary after a day walking we felt this was still within our capabilities and set off!
Open Meadows and Stunning Views
We’d expected a riverside walk to Skelwith Bridge and were pleasantly surprised to see so much more!
Stunning views of the Langdale Pikes as a backdrop, to the open meadows filled with the hardy Cumbrian sheep grazing was a idyllic and peaceful sight.
Wild Garlic Growing in the Woodland
We followed the path along the River Brathay through the woods and suddenly the air was filled with the smell of garlic!
Looking around, I was amazed to see the woods were a carpet of wild garlic and after the recent rainfall the scent of garlic had intensified. Small streams trickled through the flowers, it was quite beautiful!
At the end of the woods, we opened a gate and gasped in delight at the sight before us. As you can see from the photos, it's quite beautiful.
A View to Remember
The shores of Elterwater lake has many small bays with a mix of wooded and reedy shorelines. The pathway led through an open meadow with sheep quietly grazing.
The trees were breathtakingly beautiful in their spring colours, which were every bit as vibrant as autumn colour.
And there to our delight was a perfectly placed bench!
We sat awhile and enjoyed the moment, eventually my sister was the first to speak “When we are having a bad day, we just have to remember this view”
Skelwith Force Waterfall
Reluctantly, we eventually dragged ourselves away from this idyllic spot and continued our walk through the open meadows.
Suddenly we could hear the rush of water, as the River Brathay and Langdale Beck met. This forms the Skelwith Force, a fifteen foot high waterfall which has thrust a dramatic passage through the rocks.
We had now reached the hamlet of Skelwith, which is well known for it’s local green/blue slate and of course Skelwith Bridge!
I was intrigued by this row of cottages overlooking the river and the amount of chimneys!
By now the weather had changed again and the sunshine had disappeared. An ideal opportunity to visit the riverside café here and enjoy a cup of coffee and wait for the sun to reappear for the walk back!