It turns out the mini adventure last week, only kept the walking bug away for a couple of days so we made a decision this week that we were going to
go out for a proper walk on one day or the other. After looking at the weather we chose Sunday for our wander and after checking out the Lake Districts miles without stiles routes we chose Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater. The miles without stiles routes are designed for people with limited mobility or children and prams and are graded from suitable for all, to the more challenging suitable for some. They give details are facilities nearby and distance of the walk which is great for helping you to prepare.
Today, the carefully prepared woolies bag got left behind so the kids ended up with spare socks for gloves (not for the first time) but they did the job.
We set off (an hour later than planned as usual) and we were lucky enough to drive straight into what seemed to be the last space in the car park. The walking route starts through a gate in the car park and follows a paved path so no worries about getting stuck in mud. The path follows the River Brathay before reaching Elter water and continuing along to Skelwith Bridge and the waterfall.
We headed off and quickly came to a massive rock which was impossible
for Tom to ignore. He managed to tumble and jump his way down it after falling and landed fairly elegantly on his knees (it could have been a lot worse), but it didn’t stop him trying again. We carried on through the wooded area until we came to a gate and the entrance to the lake where we decided to stop for some lunch. I think this might be the nicest place I have ever eaten, the views were incredible, and the large rocks provided a fairly comfortable place to sit.
I could have stopped there for ages but time was getting on so we carried on our walk through sheep fields before we reached the gate at the end. We could hear the waterfalls before we could see them and the kids started getting really excited. The path narrowed as it followed the river and the road until it reached the waterfall where the was a bridge onto the rocks and for the more brave a further bridge closer to the water. Of course the kids wanted to go over both bridges and to be fair, they managed the climb down pretty well.
Charlotte was laughing so loudly as she was being sprayed in the face by the water. She kept shouting, “This is the best day ever!” so I would consider it a success. A couple of obligatory photos later we headed back over the bridges and up the rocks towards the path.
The walk back as always was quicker but as the sun was starting to set, everything had a golden tinge to it.
The whole walk took about 3 hours and I have to say it was one of the best days out we have had. The kids had a whale of a time and we all got some fresh air and exercise.
There are more landscape photos on the Facebook page but here are some of my favourites of the kids.