Loweswater

Route: Loweswater

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 22nd December 2017

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 4.5 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Mist, then fog

I awoke to another misty morning and went for a short drive to check out the weather conditions. Parts of the district were shrouded in thick fog, yet others were relatively clear with some magical misty views. I dithered for a while – a high level fell walk could have produced a cloud inversion or it may have been a walk in thick clag. It was a lottery, and the choice was made more difficult by the rapidly moving mist. In the end I decided to revisit Loweswater for the umpteenth time, a place which I never tire of

I parked as usual in the small National Trust car park at Maggie’s Bridge and followed the track to Watergate Farm at the head of the lake. I then followed the path through Holme Wood, and on reaching the bothy I left the main path to join an alternative route along the lakeshore

At the foot of the lake I climbed uphill to Hudson Place and descended to the Loweswater road. I’d normally have followed the road and the shoreline path back to the start but today I decided instead to make a short diversion uphill to Askill and follow the old Mosser Road. The road isn’t fit for vehicles but at 600 feet above sea level provides good views over Loweswater. As I made my way along the road the ethereal mist was gradually overtaken by gloomy fog and I lost the good light which had accompanied me for most of the walk

The Mosser Road eventually emerges onto the Loweswater road and from here I walked past the head of the lake, turning right before Loweswater village hall to follow the lane back to Maggie’s Bridge. It had been another wonderful walk in this area, and I hardly saw another soul

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