Elterwater Round

Name of walk Elterwater Round
Date of walk 2022-09-19

On Monday Brendan, Tom and I drove to Elterwater Village to do the six mile circular walk to include Elterwater, Skelwith Force, a coffee at Chesters By The River, Colwith Force, Cathedral Quarry Cave, Slater Bridge and a late lunch at The Britannia Inn back in Elterwater Village. The forecast was poor with extensive hill fog, but no wind, so I decided that this would be a good family walk that we could all do, as there are no fells and only 600ft of ascent. Plus, route finding is easy as half the walk is part of the Cumbria Way, and very easy walking. As it happened the weather was perfect, still, blue skies and sunshine!

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The bridge over Great Langdale Beck from Elterwater NT car park.

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We walk beside the beck on the Cumbria Way path towards Elterwater.

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Morning mist.

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Reflections on Elterwater.

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The Langdale Pikes.

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A dog had just jumped in to form the concentric ripples.

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The water was like glass, it was so still.

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We continued walking along the River Brathay until we reached Skelwith Force, and headed down to see it close up.

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Tom took this one of me next to the waterfall, it gives a sense of scale.

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We then continued on to Chesters By The River for a coffee on the balcony over the river.

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We then headed back to cross the bridge, and continue on the Cumbria Way towards Colwith.

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We head through Park Farm.

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Then down towards Little Langdale Beck.

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We cross on to the road here via a stile with a mini swing gate. Then a bit further up the road we cross and follow the signs for Colwith Force.

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Colwith Force.

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Money tree.

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We follow the path up through the woods

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Signs of autumn and fallen leaves.

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High Park Farm. They do teas here.

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We head for Stang End.

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Now that's a wood store!

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At the footbridge we cross to see the ford route, then recross and continue on.

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The footbridge.

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We turn left for a detour up to Cathedral Quarry Cave. The route in.

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Tom gives a sense of scale to the cave.

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As do the two hikers.

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View out to Lingmoor Fell.

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I head up to get the view down into Cathedral Cave from above. A fellow walker again provides scale.

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View down from the hole.

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Route back out.

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We continue on to the turn off for Slater Bridge. I get Tom's reflection as he crosses.

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Over the bridge we go. Slater Bridge is a 17th century packhorse bridge.

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Brendan heads up as we make to cross the main road.

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We are being watched.

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Little Langdale Tarn.

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At the main road we turn left, then take the road immediately on the right.

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Baa!

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We pass the cows as we head up, Lingmoor Fell behind.

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The farm at the top of the road.

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Our route back to Elterwater.

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Back at the bridge over Great Langdale Beck.

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We put the rucksacks back in the car and head for the Britannia Inn, for a late lunch.

The walk, including the coffee stop, took us four hours, but I have done it in three hours before. The only slightly awkward section is the route back down into Elterwater, as the path is a bit rocky underfoot, but otherwise easy.

Jo.

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