Brackenthwaite Hows

Brackenthwaite Hows


Route: Brackenthwaite Hows

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 2nd January 2022

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, James and Nicola 

Distance: 2.8 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Cloudy, strong winds

Brackenthwaite Hows, known locally as Lanthwaite Hill, is one of my favourite places in the Lake District. This place 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

The hill and surrounding woodland have recently been purchased by the National Trust, which will preserve this place for future generations

We decided to vary our usual route, and this time we parked in one of the free spaces by Lanthwaite Green Farm. We crossed the Buttermere road and headed towards Whin Ben, a ridge which leads up to Whiteside. After crossing the footbridge over Liza Beck we followed the delightful path above Lorton Vale. We kept a sharp lookout for Beck House on our left and when we drew level with it we left the valley path and passed through a gate. The path descended to Liza Beck, which we crossed for the second time and immediately after that we crossed the Buttermere road. We passed by Pickett Howe and started the climb up the slopes of Brackenthwaite Hows, following a faint path not shown on the OS maps

We were soon on the top of the hill admiring the wonderful views in all directions, though we could have wished for better light. We descended towards Crummock Water and entered Lanthwaite Wood via a deer gate. We then followed a path beside a dry stone wall at the edge of the wood. Near the edge of the wood we followed a path out of it back to Lanthwaite Green and the end of an enjoyable short walk

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Red squirrel in the garden before we set off on our walk


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