Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge, or vice versa, or even there and back, is a beautiful and easy walk, that is suitable for pushchairs too. It’s approx 1.5 miles each way, with plenty of adventure along the way. The kids climbed large rocks, discovered rabbit burrows in ancient trees, threw stones in the river and lake and generally had a blast!
The joy of this walk is that it is pushchair friendly and so suitable for everyone. Plus you get amazing views over the Langdale Pikes (on a good day!).
We parked for free on the road at Skelwith Bridge, although spaces are limited. There is a pay on exit car park on right side of the B5343 at GR341038 on OS map OL7. Alternatively you can park in Elterwater, where there is a National Trust car park at GR328048.
Then we caught the 516 bus from Skelwith Bridge (£2.20 one way adult, children under 5 free) to Elterwater. You could of course do this walk in the other direction, just check the bus timetables to see what’s most suitable for you, as buses aren’t that frequent.
The walk is really easy to navigate, as it’s just one path all the way along the river and lake. It starts in the car park just below the Brittania Inn at Elterwater, and finishes at Chesters Cafe in Skelwith Bridge. Both places are superb to eat!
There are sections where kids/dogs can play near the river bed, areas that go through the woods, and open areas next to the lake. Plus, near Skelwith Bridge there’s an beautiful cascade and small waterfall. Take care on the rocks and have fun!