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Slaters Bridge and the Falls


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Slaters Bridge and the Falls

A beautiful Lake District walk to Slaters Bridge from Elterwater village in the Langdale Valley. The walk takes us to Little Langdale and it's disused quarries and features Slaters Bridge, a uniquely quaint pack horse style bridge which crosses the River Brathay close to Little Langdale Tarn.

We head back via Colwith, taking a short detour to view Colwith Force, one of the Lake District's prettiest waterfalls and then following the Cumbria Way footpath to Skelwith. There we enjoy a brief stop at Skelwith Force before heading back to the village of Elterwater.

There is much to see on this walk, with fine views across Little Langdale Valley, Slaters Bridge and the disused quarries, which have lain silent for the best part of 100 years, and are slowly but surely being reclaimed by nature.

Colwith Force is a delight and one of Lakeland's best kept secrets. Access to the falls is limited and in parts the ground unstable, so care has to be taken here, but even so it is possible to get good views of the falls, which are at their most spectacular after heavy rain.

Skelwith Force is more popular, mainly due to its position close to the road at Skelwith Bridge. A huge amount of water passes over this waterfall each year, and it is easy to see why the local name of "force" came into use. All the water from Great and Little Langdale is forced through a gap in the rocks no more than a few feet wide.

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You can find this walk in the latest editions of "Nowt But Scenery", available to buy from this web site. Click the book for more details.

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