Skelwith Bridge, which is a small village in the Southern Lakes, is situated by the River Brathay near the Wrynose Pass and approximately three miles south of Grasmere. Slate was quarried in the area from around the 19th century. The slate, which is mainly used for roofing, is also used for lintels, tombstones, signs and paving. The Kirkstone Galleries, which is in a converted bobbin mill, sells products for the home and has a cafe. Skelwith Bridge also has a village pub, which is popular with walkers.
A few minutes walk from here along the footpath, which is next to the River Brathay, Leads to Skelwith Force which is a waterfall relatively low in height, however, after a good rainfall it is quite impressive. Likewise, the Colwith Force waterfall, which is also on the River Brathay, and drops in several stages, drops around forty feet in total. Elterwater, which is to the south of Skelwith Bridge, is the nearest lake with Loughrigg Tarn to the north. The Cumbria Way walk passes through the village of Skelwith Bridge, before leading you to Elterwater.