Brackenthwaite Hows

Brackenthwaite Hows

Route: Brackenthwaite Hows

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 24th July 2019

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Sunny spells, windy and warm

Brackenthwaite Hows, known locally as Lanthwaite Hill, is one of my favourite places in the Lake District. This walk has featured on my site many times, but I take the view that no two walks are ever the same – changing seasons and variations in the light and weather make for an infinite number of possibilities – and there’s always something new to be seen. Since I was here last time, ownership of the hill has been acquired by the National Trust, which is good news in that its future is assured, but I do hope that the Trust respects the tranquil and unspoilt nature of the surroundings and doesn’t seek to commercialise it in any way

I parked as usual in the National Trust car park at Scale Hill. Instead of taking the obvious track ahead, which leads directly to the north shore of Crummock Water, I turned sharp left up a path through Lanthwaite Wood. At a junction I turned left again to continue uphill, climbing a steep rocky staircase along the way

After leaving the woods via a deer gate I was soon at the top of the hill, admiring the superb views  in all directions over Lorton Vale, Loweswater, Crummock Water and towards the Western Fells. The light was good and I lingered here for a while as the clouds scudded across the sky, and admired patches of sunshine illuminate the surrounding fells. On the way down I stood by to let a huge group of walkers pass by – some 30 or 40 – all chattering away loudly and seemingly oblivious to the quiet beauty of their surroundings. I’ve never seen such a large group before and hope that this is a one off and is unconnected with the change of ownership of the hill

I then followed the easy path back down into Lanthwaite Wood, following a path which hugs the edge of the woods, giving good views across to Lanthwaite Green

The path descends to the eastern shore of Crummock Water, and from here I followed the path to the foot of the lake. The busload of walkers were occupying the whole of the stony beach, so I passed by quickly and made a short diversion (not shown on the Maps Page) as far as the Pump House further around the lake. From here I retraced my steps to the foot of the lake, where there are two choices – a path which follows the bank of the River Cocker, or the wide track leading through Lanthwaite Wood. I opted for the riverbank path today, and 5 minutes later was back to the car park to end a short but very sweet walk

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