This walk takes you through a variety of Lakeland scenery: woodlands, waterfalls and mountain views (weather dependent of course!). The best time to see the waterfalls is after heavy rain or snow… Get your camera, map and boots at the ready!
The walk: Park at the National Trust Elterwater Car Park (other car parking nearby on Elterwater Common). Begin by heading left out of the car park, crossing the beck and continuing until you reach a bridleway heading off to your right up a steep gravelly track (signposted Little Langdale). Follow this track until you reach a left turn into a field (signposted Wilson Place). Here you can find the Three Shires Pub a short distance away. For the walk, turn left and follow the road for a short distance before taking a right turn into a farmers field continuing until you reach Stang End. Follow the road until you reach another turning through a farm (signposted Colwith Force). This takes you through woodlands towards Colwith Force, taking the lower of the two paths. The rest of the route follows the Cumbria Way along the river Brathay and Elterwater with great views down towards the Langdale Pikes before returning to the car park.
Refreshments: Britannia Inn at Elterwater (and public toilets); Talbot Bar and Chester’s Café in Skelwith and the Three Shires Inn near Wilson Place, Little Langdale.
I am a ranger for the South Lakes property covering the Hawkshead and Claife area, helping to look after the west shore of Windermere, Claife Heights, the grounds of Wray Castle and much more… No two days are ever the same, one day I can be found helping to build a play trail at Wray Castle and the next I’ll be replacing a fence across a farmer’s field and the next, who knows?! It feels great to be helping people to enjoy our special places!