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Skelwith Force, Skelwith Bridge, Lake District

Location/Access: Roadside parking in Skelwith Bridge, National Trust car park in Elterwater (free to members), footpaths to waterfall

Grid Ref: NY 342 034

Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer Map Sheet OL7

Source: River Brathay

Height: Approximately 15 feet


Skelwith Force is one of two waterfalls on the River Brathay near Elterwater. Skelwith Force is not very high, only around 15 feet but at Skelwith Bridge the river's water is forced into a narrow gap. This forcing results in a turbulent spectacular waterfall particularly after a heavy rainfall.