The River Brathay – Elterwater

Elterwater, River Brathay, Lake District Prints by James Bell

The River Brathay

My latest image is taken from the River Brathay just below Elterwater. A handsome mound of trees lies on the west side of the river and in spring months has an abundance of bluebells (see below). This particular shot was taken on a warm late spring evening where the days sun was setting behind the trees and the Langdale Pikes in the distance.

The Brathay runs slow and deep at this point and I was the only person around as the sunset. This particular shot with the slow shutter speed captures the gentle movement in the water and the spring trees are perfectly framed in their own reflection against the riverbank.

This shot reminds me of that warm calm spring evening the relaxing sensation you feel when you’re in such a beautiful place. Shortly after taking this shot I left the scene as the temperature dropped and the light faded I return to the vehicle with plans of a dawn shoot in mind….

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The Location

Elterwater village lies at the entrance to the beautiful Great Langdale Valley. For such a small place there’s a fair bit going on in and around Elterwater. It’s a popular base for many exploring the surrounding area. Elterwater Quarry produces some of the finest slate in the country that is Green in colour and traditionally used throughout the area. There are several pubs in the area that are well worth a visit; The Britannia Inn is the quintessential Lake District Inn in the village Centre. Further up the road toward Chapel Stile and Langdale is Wainwright’s Inn a popular place given it position on the bank of the Brathay, in warmer months younger visitors enjoy time climbing the rocks in and around the water. The Langdale Country Club is further up the road towards Chapel Stile and offers a luxurious spa where you can get a day pass, should the weather not be on your side.

Directions to Elterwater

You can get to Elterwater from Ambleside by following the A593 past Clappersgate until you reach Skelwith Bridge, there you turn off the main road at the Skelwith Bridge Hotel and follow the B5343 for a few moments until you see signs for Elterwater car park on your right. Immediately opposite the car park across the road is a small gap in the dry stone wall, follow the path through the woods and you are presented with a lovely open space alongside the River Brathay, there are generous paths leading back to Skelwith Bridge to the left or right to Elterwater.

Elterwater, River Brathay, Lake District Prints by James Bell

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The River Brathay – Elterwater

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