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Lake District Location

The Britannia Inn at Elterwater, quite literally, at the heart of the English Lake District.

Elterwater is a classic lakeland village comprised of a traditional lakeland stone built cottages with Elterwater Blue Slate roofs. The surrounding scenery is one of the finest examples of a glacial valley in the UK. The dramatic scenery is simply breathtaking and has been the favoured spot for walkers for many decades.

Elter Water is a small lake that lies half a mile (800 m) south-east of the village of Elterwater. Both are situated in the valley of Great Langdale in the English Lake District. The name Elterwater means either Lake of the Swan or Lake of Alder. In the 1804 census Elterwater has been referred to as Ellerwater.

The lake is 1030 yd (930 m) long and varies in width up to a maximum of 350 yd (320 m), covering an area of 0.06 mi² (0.15 km²). It has a maximum depth of 20 ft (6 m) and an elevation above sea level of 187 ft (57 m). The river Brathay which provides outflow from Elter Water flows south to join Windermere, near Ambleside.


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