Skelwith Force waterfall
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
One of the smaller Lake District waterfalls, Skelwith Force is also one of the easiest to reach, yet it remains relatively unknown and lightly visited.
To reach the falls, turn off the main A593 Coniston to Ambleside road at Skelwith Bridge (signposted to Elterwater and The Langdales), Park at Silverbridge parking area about 1/2 miles up the road on the right. A parking fee applies.
From the car park, cross the road and join the path opposite. Go through a gate and at a T junction turn left to follow the river. The walk is very level and easy going. The falls are only a 1/4 mile along, down a short path to the right. The drop is not great, but the sheer volume of water can be impressive, especially after heavy rain.
A walk to Skelwith Force can easily be combined with the popular level walk from Skelwith to Elter Water. This is a lovely walk - a stroll, really - on level ground, with the beauty of the Langdale pikes ahead of you. As with any walk in the Lakes, good waterproof footwear is a must!
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About Skelwith Force
Address: Skelwith Bridge, Lake District, Cumbria, England, LA22 9NJ
Attraction Type: Countryside - Waterfall
Location: From the A593 between Ambleside and Coniston take the minor road at Skelwith Bridge, signposted to the Langdales and Elterwater. After 1/2 mile park at the Silverbridge parking area.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Loughrigg Fell - 1.3 miles (Countryside)
Ambleside Roman Fort - 1.9 miles (Roman Site)
Grasmere - 2 miles (Countryside)
Rydal Water - 2 miles (Countryside)
Bridge House - 2.3 miles (Historic Building)
Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum - 2.3 miles (Historic Building)
Stagshaw Garden - 2.4 miles (Garden)
Tarn Hows - 2.5 miles (Countryside)
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