(See also Elterwater Village)

Elterwater is a small, shallow lake sitting at the foot of Great Langdale. The lake is fed by water from both Great and Little Langdale, and, in turn, empties its overflow into the Brathay river.

Elterwater Tarn and Black Fell By Tony Richards

Elterwater's name comes from the Norse word ‘elter’ meaning swan-whooper swans migrate to the lake in the winter. They are only one of a large variety of wildlife that visit the reeds along the lakeshore.

Elterwater Tarn and Wetherlam in winter By Tony Richards

There are walks in the vicinity. One leads through the larch, birch and oak woodlands nearby. Another follows the lake down to Skelwith Bridge. The village of Elterwater is north-west of the lake.

Elterwater is off the B5343 near Skelwith Bridge. A large carpark is near the river bridge, and a smaller National Trust one is nearby.

Photos courtesy of Tony Richards

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