Brackenthwaite Hows

Brackenthwaite Hows

Route: Brackenthwaite Hows

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 21st May 2022

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Sunny patches at first, gradually deteriorating with light rain at the end

Brackenthwaite Hows, otherwise known 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 stars of the show today would be the bluebells, which grow in profusion on the flanks of the hill, and in Lanthwaite Wood

As on the last occasion here I parked in one of the free spaces by Lanthwaite Green Farm. I crossed the Buttermere road and headed towards Whin Ben, a ridge which leads up to Whiteside. After crossing the footbridge over Liza Beck I followed the delightful path above Lorton Vale. I kept a sharp lookout for Beck House on my left and when I drew level with it I left the valley path and passed through a gate. The path descended to Liza Beck, which I crossed for the second time and immediately after that I crossed the Buttermere road. I passed by Pickett Howe and started the easy climb up the slopes of Brackenthwaite Hows, following a faint path not shown on the OS maps. The bluebells soon came into view – a wonderful sight – and I walked through huge swathes of them as I continued along the path

I was soon on the top of the hill admiring the wonderful views in all directions – Crummock Water and the western fells ahead, Loweswater on my right, Lorton Vale stretching out behind me and Whiteside and Grasmoor on the left. Sadly the light had worsened by now and rain clouds were approaching

I descended towards Crummock Water and entered Lanthwaite Wood via a deer gate. I then followed a path beside a dry stone wall at the edge of the wood. Near the edge of the wood I followed a path out of it back to Lanthwaite Green and the end of a wonderful short walk

Previous time here

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