Slater Bridge

Slater Bridge

Route: Slater Bridge, Langdale

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 17th February 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.3 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: Cloudy with a very cold wind

The object of today’s walk was to revisit ancient Slater Bridge (also known as Slater’s Bridge). The bridge, dating back to the 17th century, is in two parts and takes advantage of a central large rock and a very long slate slab to cross the River Brathay on its way from Little Langdale Tarn to Elterwater. The bridge was originally built to provide the quarrymen of Little Langdale a shorter access from their homes to the slate quarries on the other side of the river

We started the walk from Skelwith Bridge where there is roadside parking, but nearby Elterwater would be just as convenient. We followed a path from the road down to the banks of the River Brathay. A delightful path, part of the Cumbria Way, then took us beside Elter Water into the village of Elterwater. There were good views of the Langdale Pikes along this section of the walk. Beyond the village we passed through Elterwater Hall and below the crags of Lingmoor Fell before arriving at Little Langdale, a small hamlet consisting of a few cottages. We crossed the lane to descend gently to our destination, Slater Bridge. After admiring its weathered form we crossed it and set off along the return leg. Progress was impeded near Colwith Force by numerous fallen trees, possibly victims of yesterday’s Storm Dudley. We had to clamber, duck and divert on several occasions in order to avoid the obstacles in our way

Beyond the woods, a lovely path took us past Park Farm and Park House back into Skelwith Bridge

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