Short Circular walk from Skelwith Fold

Skelwith Fold Caravan Park

Short Circular walk from Skelwith Fold

This short, low-level circular walk affords the opportunity to see some magnificent panoramic views with very little effort! An ideal evening stroll for new arrivals at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park.

Clothing: Light waterproof/windproof jacket – depending upon the weather conditions, strong shoes or walking boots
Equipment: O.S. Map, compass, whistle, binoculars
Refreshments: The Drunken Duck
Conditions to be expected underfoot: tarmac (mostly), unmade tracks, loose stone, occasional damp or muddy parts, grass.

Key Information

Fitness Level: Basic

Distance: 2 miles (Over 4 miles if taking the option of visiting The Drunken Duck Inn)

Time: 45 minutes

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For printed directions, please ask at Skelwith Fold Reception. These are available for a suggested £1.50 donation which goes to supporting The Great North Air Ambulance.


  1. On leaving Skelwith Fold Caravan Park Shop and Reception Area turn left. Follow the ‘red’ road to the barrier and gate.
  2. Ignoring the track to the left, continue along the lane to the post box and turn right and descend through the hamlet of Skelwith Fold. (Ignore the turning to ‘Ambleside’.)
  3. After a slight dip, the road suddenly becomes steeper and one of the most wonderful views in The Lake District appears! There are some convenient stones to sit on to admire the panoramic view towards Elterwater with the majestic Langdale Pikes dominating the skyline along with Crinkle Crags and many others in the distance. There is now a slate information tablet set into the wall showing the various hills and mountains in the distance. If ever there was a place for a comfortable wooden bench this is it! (Watching the sunset from here is a wonderful experience.)
  4. Continue down the steep hill to the junction and turn right. Follow the lane down towards the old-school building, now Skelwith Bridge Community Centre.
  5. Before reaching the Community Centre turn left along a track for a few yards. Then leave the track where it veers off to the right and follow the narrow uphill public footpath at the signpost. This path is narrow in places with loose stones and, on occasions, some running water!
  6. Continue up the path with the wire fence on the left until reaching a lane that passes through Brow Coppice. Turn left here.
  7. Follow the lane until arriving at some cottages on the right. Rest here to admire the panoramic views overlooking Ambleside towards Kirkstone Pass, Ill Bell, Wansfell Pike, Loughrigg Fell and many more. (This is where the O.S. map and binoculars come in useful!)
  8. Walk on along the winding lane to the junction and turn right (signposted to ‘Hawkshead, Coniston via Tarns’) to follow the lane through the tiny hamlet of Bull Close.
  9. Continue up to the triangular junction and follow the lane round to the left (signposted ‘Skelwith Fold’).
    (If you were to turn right you could walk to the Drunken Duck Inn, which is approximately one mile from here. You might need a torch to aid your return if you take a late evening walk!)
  10. Having turned left continue along the lane, passing the entrance to Holmeshead Farm on the right, until arriving back at the post box at Skelwith Fold. Turn right to return to Skelwith Fold Caravan Park.

Rambling and hill walking can be strenuous and it is up to you to approach it with caution and if you are inexperienced, to do so under appropriate supervision. You should also carry appropriate clothing, equipment and maps and wear suitable footwear. Details given were believed to be right at the time of going to press but neither the author nor Skelwith Fold Caravan Park can accept responsibility for inaccuracies or mishaps. Please keep to public rights of way and observe the Country Code.

Walking map

You can click on the link below to load our walking map for this route. Please note that this is a rough guide only and should not be considered a replacement for an OS Map.

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How to find Short Circular walk from Skelwith Fold

Opening times: Always open

Distance from park
164 ftles (approx. 1 min)

Dog Friendly location Dog friendly