OS grid reference NY 328-047
Elterwater’s name comes from the small tarn by which it sits and the Norse word ‘elter’ meaning swan. The village is nestled amidst the imposing mountains of the Langdale Valley.
From Ambleside, take the A593 towards Coniston. At Skelwith Bridge, turn on to the B5343 to Elterwater. There is a National Trust car park at Elterwater village on the left just past the Brittania Inn.
What to Shoot
On your way into the village, you can get some good shots from the main road down onto the village itself. These are particularly good, if the local residents have lit coal fires in the colder months and the smoke is rising into the air from their chimneys. In the village itself, the Brittania Inn is the quintessential English Lakeland Inn. The white-washed building is over 400 years old.
Leading out of the NT car park, is a public footpath that takes you down alongside the River Brathay to Elterwater Tarn. There are good images both alongside the river bank and from the tarn itself which is surrounded by reeds and has a great backdrop of the Langdale Pikes. There is usually a swan or two floating about to add to its charm. If you continue a little further along the path, it will lead you alongside the river to Skelwith Force waterfall where you can often find Canoeists trying out their hand along this fast moving stretch of the river.