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Elterwater in the Lake District National Park

Elterwater lies in an attractive setting, a few miles west of Ambleside, hidden behind Loughrigg and Silver How, at the entrance to Great Langdale.

Langdale Beck flows through the village down to Elterwater lake. There is a village green, a pub called the Britannia Inn, a corner shop and a number of cottages, mostly holiday cottages. Sometimes known as the lake of the swans and Dominated by the twin peaks of Harrison's Sickle and Pike of Stickle, which rise above the hills of bracken and mixed woodland, this lake is a favourite of many visitors to the Lake District. Very picturesque with a variety of walks available, many starting and finishing at the Brittannia Inn, a popular drinking and dining place for visitors and locals alike.

Farming was the traditional occupation, though the village grew when the Elterwater Gunpowder Works went into operation about 1824 and continued until the end of the first world war. The site of thw works is now used for timeshare apartments. Tourism is now it's main industry.

Chapel Style in Great Langdale is slightly larger than Elterwater and only a short distance away. A simple quarryman's chapel sits beneath the crags. Here are more holiday cottages, the Langdale cooperative, and Wainwrights Inn.



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