About Skelwith

Skelwith is a small and beautiful parish is the South of Cumbria, within the Lake District National Park.


The boundary of the Parish runs from Lake Windermere in the East, to Pierce How Beck in the West, South towards Outgate and North as far as Elterwater.

Skelwith is within Cumbria County Council and in the South Lakeland District Council area. There are approximately 80 households and 185 residents. The hub of the community is Skelwith Bridge, that has a community hall. There is a caravan park at Skelwith Fold and several farms. There are also a number of businesses; Skelwith Bridge Hotel, Chesters and the Drunken Duck Inn that lie just outside the Parish boundary. The landscape is predominantly low lying grasslands and fell under 300m, with some woodland and coppice areas and a number of tarns. There is a waterfall at Skelwith Force and near Colwith. The economy is predominantly farming and tourism.

There are a number of rural roads that can become busy with visitors including the A593 and the B5286. There is a limited bus service from Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge. A number of footpaths and bridge ways cross the parish.

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