Ambleside and High Sweden Bridge

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This is an ideal short walk for a part-day; you reach quite a height in this sheltered valley. High Sweden Bridge in summertime is an idyllic spot, being south-facing and generally out of the wind, a good spot to relax with the family. As you will see from my photographs, it is not quite the same in the snow, but it still makes a good objective for a walk and in rain it is worth doing just to see the waterfalls at both High Sweden and Low Sweden Bridges. I have not been able to discover the origin of the name even on Google and would be glad to hear from anybody who can enlighten me.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South East


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains, National Trust, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
25/06/2018 - Helen Carter

Completed this walk on Saturday 23rd June 2018. Got slightly confused just over the bridge as there are 2 gates you can go through .... figured it out though. Cracking views of Ambleside and surrounding mountains. Although only a short walk, it was uphill and my calves were aching afterwards

30/05/2012 - Jude Paterson

Great short and easy walk. The water was crystal clear and looked very inviting.

13/08/2011 - Lyn Lovell

Beautiful walk even in the pouring rain. The water falls are breath taking. Very easy directions to follow. My children loved walking with the Herdwick sheep all around us.

16/08/2008 - Stephen Harris

Another fine walk from Mr. Grindle. Walked Sun 10.08.08, all present and correct and truly magnificent views into Ambleside. This is a great little afternoon out, moderate height gain though but nevertheless very easy. A full 10/10.

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