Brackenthwaite Hows

Brackenthwaite Hows

Route: Brackenthwaite Hows

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 14th June 2023

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Sunny and very hot

As regular visitors may know, I underwent a partial knee replacement operation last February. Following advice from my physiotherapist I decided to test the progress of my recovery by repeating a walk in Lorton Vale which we followed in April. On that occasion I’d done too much too soon and was in pain for the rest of the day. Would my knee pass the test today?

Brackenthwaite Hows, otherwise known as Lanthwaite Hill, is situated near the head of the vale. 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

As on the last occasion here 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. It felt wonderful to be striding out along this familiar path, with lovely views along the valley. 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 an area before Liza Beck, which is normally very boggy. Today it was dry for once thanks to a recent heatwave and lack of rain. We crossed the beck via a footbridge for the second time and immediately after that crossed the Buttermere road. We 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

We were soon on the top of the hill admiring the views in all directions – Crummock Water and the western fells ahead, Loweswater on the right, Lorton Vale stretching out behind us and Whiteside and Grasmoor on the left. 

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 to the end of the walk. I’m pleased to report that the walk was completely pain free and the knee passed its test with flying colours. The walk was as wonderful as ever and in the course of two hours we didn’t see another soul

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