Lanthwaite Hill

Route: Lanthwaite Hill

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 30th December 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly 

Distance: 2.1 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Cloudy

We’d planned a walk in the south of the district today but when we arrived there the weather was miserable – steady drizzle, thick fog and poor light. We didn’t even bother to get out of the car and drove straight back, having wasted most of the morning. By the time we arrived back home there was only time for a short walk, so we chose one of our favourite local spots – Lanthwaite Hill (shown on the OS map as Brackenthwaite Hows). It’s a superb vantage point and hardly any effort is required to get to the top

What this walk lacks in distance it more than makes up for in the sheer beauty and variety of the terrain

We parked in the National Trust car park near Scale Bridge and instead of heading along the obvious path ahead we turned steeply uphill to climb up through Lanthwaite Wood. There are a couple of short rocky sections to add interest, though they are very easy

The view from the top of Lanthwaite Hill was as beautiful as ever, with Lorton Vale, Loweswater, Crummock Water and the Buttermere fells displayed in all their splendour

We descended through Lanthwaite Wood to the foot of Crummock Water from where there is a view along the length of the lake, and then walked back along the track beside the River Cocker. What a great little walk this is.

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