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Elterwater, Lake District added to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North West by D0c.Col on 11/02/2024

Elterwater is a village in the English Lake District and the county of Cumbria. The village lies half a mile (800 m) north-west of the lake of Elter Water, from which it derives its name. Both are situated in the valley of Great Langdale.

Elterwater Bridge is a Grade II listed structure dating to at least the 18th century.

In the past, the principal industries have been farming, quarrying for slate and gunpowder manufacture. The first two activities continue, while evidence of the latter survives in the grounds of the Langdale Estate, a holiday development founded in the 1930s and redeveloped as a timeshare in the 1980s.

In the present day, tourism is a principal source of income and the village is popular with visitors of all kinds, particularly fell-walkers due to its proximity to many of the Lake Districts most popular fells. The village is home to a plethora of holiday homes, as well as the Britannia Inn and Elterwater Hostel, a former YHA hostel, that was saved from closure and taken independent in 2013.

There is a National Trust Carpark next to the Elterwater Bridge, which was the start our stunning 13.5 km circular walk around the Elter Lake and eventually coming back over the Skelwith Bridge following the river Brathay on the well maintained trail back to Elterwater carpark (you can see it in my video as I stayed in the cottage you see at the end of it). There is a pub and an excellent cafe in the small village centre and only 5 minutes from Ambleside.

Although the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust there it is open access and there are places where you can TOAL without trespass.

Land owner permission not required.

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Co-ordinates: 54.43425, -3.037682 • what3words: ///crumb.riders.trusts

The originator declared that this location was not inside a Flight Restriction Zone at the time of being flown on 03/02/2024. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.

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Land owner permission obtained.

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Land owner permission not required.

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Land owner permission not required.

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Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 51.39, 0.501382 • what3words: ///charmingly.proper.liner

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Land owner permission not required.

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Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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