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Dog Friendly Walks : Skelwith Bridge and Elter Water Circular (5.5 easy)

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LA22 9NJ

  • Map - Outdoor Leisure 7 - South Eastern Lakes
  • Distance - About 5.5 miles and 1500 feet of total ascent for the full route.
  • Stiles - A number of stiles, mostly with dog paddles and two in the off road wood walk that can be avoided (the gate was open by one when we walked).
  • Date walked - 10 June 2013

Lottie walked this route on 10 June 2013 and we had lunch at the pub at Skelwith Bridge Hotel (a former customer). If not a patron you'll need to park on road by the pub car park (grid reference NY3438 0347) - hotel car park is on opposite side of the building (grid reference NY3443 0344).

If you would like to receive by e mail a free GPX file (track converted from the trail we walked) produced by our Satmap Active 10 GPS please contact us quoting GPX SkelCirc. Please note this file is for personal use only and must not be further reproduced without our explicit permission. Those wishing to use the file commercially should make their intentions clear when contacting us. Please note we can not guarantee this file will work successfully on any other GPS or that the data might not be corrupted in transfer but we are confident, in most cases when it is loaded into a robust GPS, it will greatly assist navigation.

hese are general directions only; you may need the GPX file and / or a map.

URN RIGHT onto the A593 (Coniston road) from the HOTEL CAR PARK. Almost at once TURN RIGHT on to a bridlepath (before crossing the river). Follow the path (Cumbria Way) up past Skelwith Force waterfall, past Elter Water to Elterwater village (public toilets by bowling green).

Leave Elterwater by crossing the bridge (i.e. a left turn if you haven't paused in the village). Follow the metalled lane uphill away from the village. Go ahead past a right turn (signed as the challenging cycle ride to Coniston). A short way on TURN RIGHT over a low stile (gate was open when we walked) on to a permissive path through the woods (Fletcher's Wood - grid reference NY3268 0404). Another low stile has to be crossed as the path goes into the wood. If you want to avoid these stiles continue on the lane - if not follow the path until it rejoins the road. Follow the lane past a right hand turn and over the river bridge. A short way further on TURN LEFT onto a footpath across a field via a stile / gate (Lottie had no problem). Follow the path up steps through wood past Park Farm and Park House back to Skelwith Bridge (near the end we used a permissive path on to the A593 for the last 1/5th mile but you can continue on the Cumbria Way and back on the route used on the outward journey where the two routes meet.

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