Chapel StileAmbleside

Chaamb two
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By cageywoolf on 03 May 2021







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A low-level alternative following the River Brathay for much of the route

A low-level alternative following the River Brathay for much of the route


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Chapel Stile
Grid Ref NY3216705310
Lat / Lon 54.43866° / -3.04736°
Easting / Northing 332,167E / 505,310N
What3Words exposes.manifests.limitless
Grid Ref NY3763604517
Lat / Lon 54.43224° / -2.96289°
Easting / Northing 337,636E / 504,517N
What3Words back.violin.brownish

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Jo Wood

09 Aug 2022 Summer

I'm a resident of Ambleside and this beautiful and accessible route is the exact one I regularly take to/from Chapel Stile. Includes some classic views of the Langdale Pikes. It is much easier than Chaamb One. Is pushchair friendly along its entire length (but would stick to Bog lane rather than the short Jeffy Knotts woodland diversion if on/with wheels).

Bog lane is quiet so despite being a minor road, is pleasant to walk along. The short diversion through the woods at Jeffy Knotts is delightful but easy to miss if you are not looking out for it (entrances shown in Photos 1 and 2). In autumn it's a wonderful spot for wild mushrooms.

Care should be taken on the short section on the hill between the Brathay Centre and the A593 – there is no pavement here and cars can come down the hill too fast round two blind bends (sticking to the outside of the bend is best here). It's only this section and the busy A593 at Clappersgate that stops this being a 5* walk in my view.

There are three sections liable to flooding, which I'd estimate make it impassable typically 3 or 4 times a year. The first is the section along the A593 by the "otter bridge" that crosses the Rothay. The second is along the banks of the Brathay on the B5286 near the turn into Bog Lane. The third is section between Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater. The river level monitors at Jeffy Knotts ( and Miller Bridge House ( useful if its has been particularly wet.

Steve Lenartowicz

19 Jan 2022 Winter

From Chapel Stile to Skelwith Bridge the route follows a beautiful footpath. From there it follows minor roads, including the very quiet Bog Lane, to Clappersgate. Then it's just a mile on the pavement alongside the A593 into Ambleside.. The route passes the Britannia Inn at Elterwater and Chesters cafe at Skelwith Bridge - both highly recommended.


20 Nov 2021 Autumn

This is a very pleasant gentle walk along the River Brathay. I walked it from Chapel Stile to Ambleside.
The only issue that I had with it was that even on a damp grey Saturday afternoon in November the stretch from Chapel Stile to Skelwith Bridge was packed with walkers. It just shows how pleasant a walk it is and it is great to see everyone out.

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