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Colwith Force and the Money Log


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Colwith Force and the Money Log

Colwith force sits on the upper reaches of the River Brathay, mid way between Little Langdale Tarn and Elterwater. The Brathay drains Little Langdale Tarn and flows into Elterwater, before draining that lake and flowing through Skelwith Force and on to Lake Windermere. At times of spate it holds huge amounts of water, especially beyond Skelwith Bridge.

Colwith Force is hidden from view in Colwith Woods, but a short detour from the path to High Park brings you to the edge of the falls. Here access is limited as the banking is not considered safe, but with care it is possible to get close enough to see the force in all it's splendour.

Close by is a money log, a fallen tree into which coins have been set. There are a number of such logs in the area.

The path that runs close to Colwith Force is featured in a number of walking books. It is a short detour from the Cumbria Way long distance footpath as well as being on the route from Skelwith to Slater Bridge.

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Colwith Force and the money Log are situated on close to the footpath from Skelwith to High Park, part of the Cumbria Way footpath.


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Colwith Force is featured in "Nowt But Scenery".

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