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Skelwith Bridge – Colwith Force – Little Langdale – Chapel Stile – Skelwith Bridge


Warm and humid, with a heavy shower at lunch and rain at the tea stop. Bright sunshine latterly.



Michael, Michelle, George B and Evelyn.



Ron - at Leuchars Air Show.

Sandy - unwell.

Carol - busy elsewhere.

Bernie - watching the Toon lose 2-0 to Blackpool.

Ashley - in Italy.



The burns and streams were full of water after recent heavy rain, with water breaking over the banks in places. Colwith Force and Skelwith Force waterfalls were very impressive with the extra water coming through. Some paths were inundated in places with some also doubling as streams. Slater’s Bridge was not far above the water level.

Lots of people with dogs and “Saga” walkers (was it a Saga holiday weekend?). Bare buttocked witch in farmhouse window. Saw some very choice houses. George and Evelyn grazed off brambles most of the way around.

Our lunch spot provided good views of Slater’s Bridge and an approaching rain shower, which tested successfully Michael’s Rohan (made in Germany) umbrella. By the time we were ready to set off the rain had stopped. Half a mile further on we stopped for liquid refreshment at the Three Shires pub (Cumberland, Westmoreland and Lancashire). We resisted the temptations of four other pubs but could not pass the tea room at Skelwith Bridge with its extremely “eat me” cakes.

We passed a money tree and the deep slate quarry at Burlington. While on our tea stop, we saw a crazy collie trying to shepherd a fence pole. Also walked alongside a very wet golden retriever. There was a stunning view of Langdale Pikes late on, where Michael sat on bench surrounded by water without getting his feet wet.


Birds: Buzzards, chaffinches, goldfinches, magpies, jay, great tits, robins, hens and an inquisitive and hungry jackdaw at Skelwith Bridge café.

Butterflies /insects: Painted lady and peacock butterflies identified, along with one with orange wings. Lots on a buddleia bush. Long insect on the table at the café.

Mammals /others: Rabbit, tiny brown frog and huge brown slugs.

Plants / Trees: Wild orchid and lots of other unidentifiedwild flowers. Large beech tree (climbing up from Colwith Force).


Cart’s Bog. Nicely done out, interesting menu and pleasant service. Piping hot food with Ashley-sized portions. Dessert menu disappointing but we were too full to bother. Back to front coffee pot.

Photo Gallery


September walkers

Badger sett

Raging river

Loadpot hill


Wau up

Flying witch

On top

Colwith Force




Approaching rain

Group on top

Bridge view

Way down

Slater's Bridge


Three Shires Pub


Money Tree



bridge path

Michael on Elterwater

stone bench

Langdale Pikes


New Bridge



mock beggar hall

Tea and Cakes





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