Elterwater Lakes

In contrast to the great lakes of the Lake District, here are three small lakes that lay south of Elterwater village.

Technical sheet
No. 4098846
A Lakes walk posted on 11/05/15 by Tamtraductions. Update : 23/06/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.29mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 604ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 600ft
Highest point Highest point : 725ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 302ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Lakes
Starting point Starting point : N 54.43466° / W 3.031207°
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Description

From Ambleside, take the B5343 and park on the roadside before Elterwater village (D).

Go down a path through the meadows reaching Elterwater village (1). Take a wide alley used as a promenade leading to the lakes, and walk along the north banks. Keep walking on the promenade reaching the bridge (2) and cross the stream outflow (Brathay River).

Go through the forest and onto a side trail called Cumbria Way. Follow this path to the right, then leave it to the left when you reach the junction with a little paved road. Keep going straight on the road until you get to Stang End(3).

Take a 90° right-hand turn leading you to houses in Little Langdale. There's a short journey before getting to the trail (4) which heads north-east then north before reaching a larger track (5).

Take this large path to the right and walk in a slight downhill direction towards the first houses of Elterwater and then the road (6) which, going left takes you back to point (1) and on to the car park on the same path as when you started.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 400ft
1 : mi 0.28 - alt. 377ft - Elterwater
2 : mi 1.57 - alt. 354ft - River Brathay
3 : mi 3.46 - alt. 591ft - Stang End
4 : mi 3.81 - alt. 558ft - Langdale path
5 : mi 4.25 - alt. 702ft - Track
6 : mi 4.84 - alt. 384ft - Elterwater Road
D/A : mi 5.29 - alt. 404ft

Useful Information

No water, no shelter

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The waterfall by the Brathey River bridge

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5


Walker
on Mon 20 Jul 2020 09:07:36 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 15/07/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

This walk was a lovely cir circular walk from Elterwater. It was easy to follow and the landscape was beautiful.


Walker
on Mon 04 Mar 2019 23:52:53 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 04/03/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Very good walk around the lake, lots of local interesting views. Bonus was the pub in Elterwater


Walker
on Mon 11 Feb 2019 11:13:14 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 11/02/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

An easy walk that punches above it's weight. Lucky enough to walk after snowfall in January and with snow capped mountains surrounding us, it felt like an alpine experience.


Walker
on Mon 30 Apr 2018 09:35:45 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 29/04/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

A pleasant Sunday walk. Begins very wide, busy and flat but changes to a more rural character after the Brathay bridge. The highlight of the walk is perhaps the view of High Force from below, reached by a short 20 metre diversion to the right while walking through the forest after crossing the road at Colwith. The Britannia Inn in Elterwater is en-route and offers a welcome near the end of the walk

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