Slater Bridge, Little Langdale
OS grid reference NY298-031
Slater Bridge is an old pack house bridge in Little Langdale. The bridge is located just downstream of Little Langdale Tarn on the River Brathay and was built to connect the hamlet of Little Langdale with the slate quarries in the Tilberthwaite area.
From Ambleside take the A593 towards Langdale / Coniston. After approx 3 miles you will come to Skelwith Bridge. Do not take the first right turn which is signed to Langdale, but carry on over the bridge towards Coniston and take the next right in about ¾ mile signed The Langdales, Wrynose Pass and Elterwater. Drop down a tight bend and follow the road to the next junction then turn left (signed Little Langdale) and follow the road for one mile to the Three Shires Inn. Park the car carefully as this is a narrow road and walk the short distance down into the valley on the road marked ‘Tilberthwaite - unsuitable for cars’. Half way down is the painted wall stone indicating the start of the short footpath to Slater Bridge.
What to Shoot
Most images are taken from the downstream side with Lingmoor Fell providing a fitting backdrop to this idyllic Lakeland scene. There are some rocky outcrops in the middle of the river which mean that you can get right down in the water to take your slow ‘milky’ shots. (I’ve got wet feet here on more than one occasion so be careful). In summer, the ferns growing amongst the slate provide some attractive foliage. The main problem you’ll have here is that this seems to be a popular ‘butty’ stop for walking parties who like to sit on the bridge to eat their lunch. You’ll need to be quick to get your shot in between one group leaving and another arriving.