Elterwater Waterfalls Walk

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3-4h
Distance
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9.5 km
Elevation
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400 m
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Elterwater Waterfalls Walk

The Elterwater Waterfalls Walk is a wonderfully scenic journey in the Little Langdale Valley that will take you to several unique highlights and produce some beautiful Lake District views. While out on the trail, you will visit the locations of Skelwith Force and Colwith Force to take in the sights of the rushing water before making a stop at the Cathedral Cavern to explore the subterranean caves. This walk is perfect for a fun family outing.

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Route Description for Elterwater Waterfalls Walk

The Elterwater Waterfalls Walk is an amazing adventure that can be enjoyed by both casual and experienced walkers alike, but is perfectly suited for families due to the relatively easy terrain and fun highlights along the route. The trail begins from the car park in Elterwater and follows Great Langdale Beck to the southeast before traversing the shoreline of Elterwater Lake on the way to Skelwith Bridge. Here, you can view the rushing waters of Skelwith Force, before continuing along the route to the west. Shortly after meeting up with the River Brathay, you will come to the sight of another waterfall, COlwith Force. After taking in the views, follow the trail west to eventually arrive at the Cathedral Cavern, a network of high-ceiling caves that can be explored. Following this subterranean excursion, make your way northeast along the valley floor to eventually arrive back at the trailhead in Elterwater where you began.

Getting to the Elterwater Waterfalls Walk Trailhead

To reach the car park for the Elterwater Waterfalls Walk from Skelwith Bridge, drive west on B5343 for 2.4 km and turn left to continue on for another 0.3 km. Make another left here to enter the car park.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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