Loweswater

Route: Loweswater

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 19th January 2018

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.9 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: Dull and cloudy with hail at first, brightening later

This is one of my favourite walks, and one which I repeat several times a year. I could never grow weary of it. The scenery is incredibly varied, and the route passes along and through meadows, a deserted valley, fellside, open moorland, fields, ancient woodland and lakeshore.  Along the way there are views of some of lakeland’s finest fells looking one way and the Irish Sea, the Solway Firth and Scotland looking the other

I parked as usual in the small National Trust car park at Maggie’s Bridge. A heavy hailstorm made me pause before setting off and I entertained thoughts about abandoning the walk. After a few minutes the storm abated and I decided to press on, leaving the car park via the track to High Nook Farm. At the head of the valley I joined the path which rises up and then snakes around the flanks of Carling Knott, giving superb views over Lorton Vale and Crummock Water. Whiteside and Grasmoor are also well seen from here

The path continues above Holme Wood and towards Fangs Brow. At the half way point of the walk I walked through the fields to Iredale Place to commence the return leg to Loweswater. This took me through Holme Wood which is well managed by the National Trust and then back through fields to the start. This section of the walk coincided with some brighter skies and good light, and I was glad to have persevered after the initial doubts

The walk was as enjoyable as ever and I hope to be treading these paths again soon

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