The circular walk through the village of Elterwater can end with a pint or a cozy meal at a converted gentleman’s farm.
The walk from the village initially follows the Cumbria Way, passing Elterwater itself and past Skelwith Force to reach Skelwith Bridge.
On this section there are great views towards the Langdales.
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From there the Cumbria Way is followed to Colwith Force, another delightful waterfall in isolated woods, then to the much-photographed Slater Bridge.
The walk continues through Little Langdale, with a view of the Little Langdale Tarn before descending back to Elterwater.
This lovely walk along part of the Cumbria Way in the Langdale Valley is popular with visitors and local residents alike, in part thanks to the excellent food available along the route.
It follows a well-maintained bridle path along the Brathay River, before reaching the Elterwater shore. It then leads to the Skelwith Bridge, with the option of turning around for a shorter, stroller-friendly walk, or continuing to loop through scenic farmland.
An important part of the walk is adapted so that dogs are not kept on a leash.
To get to Elterwater it is best to take the A593 from Ambleside towards Coniston, then at Skelwith Bridge turn right onto the B5343 signposted Elterwater. If you are coming from the direction of Keswick do not attempt to go through the village of Grasmere as most vehicles will struggle on these roads. After about a mile turn left into Elterwater.
Follow the road through the village, pass the Britannia Inn on your right, and on the left, just before the bridge, you will see the parking lot. This parking lot fills up quickly and the village of Elterwater has restrictions on roadside parking so it is best to try to get there early. A gate in the parking lot leads you onto the path that runs along the river.
When you are done with the walk, make your way to the Britannia Inn.
The website explains: “The Britannia Inn was built around 500 years ago as a gentleman’s farm and was converted into an inn during the 19th century.
“The inn has always served the local community and has been used extensively by local quarrymen and workers at the nearby gunpowder factory which closed in 1929.
“The current owners took over the Inn in 1978 as a family business and have been involved in running the business ever since. Andrew and Anna Parker are now resident managers and are always available to provide a traditional warm welcome from Lakeland.
“The Britannia Inn is nestled in the breathtaking Langdale Valley, in the heart of the English Lake District. Pub accommodation at the Britannia Inn is comfortable and clean, with panoramic views and delicious, rustic, seasonal pub meals. , serving breakfast, lunch and dinner We have two individual bar areas for day visitors and comfortable rooms for weary travelers.
“Make the most of the open fireplace and cozy pub nooks on long Lake District winter evenings, and spill out into the garden for alfresco dining in the summer sun. The Britannia Inn is truly a pub for all seasons.
“Approach for a pint of real ale and a quick lunch, or stay a few days and take advantage of our amazing location in Elterwater. As a Lake District pub offering accommodation, our hospitality is second to none. “
For more information on the pub and to view the menu, click here.
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