Crummock Water & Red Pike

Crummock Water

Route: Crummock Water and Lanthwaite Hill

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 12th May 2019

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Sunny

There was only time for a short walk this morning, so I chose one of our favourite local spots – Lanthwaite Hill (shown on the OS map as Brackenthwaite Hows). It’s a superb vantage point and hardly any effort is required to get to the top. It’s a walk which has featured many times on these pages (click here for my last visit 5 weeks ago) but I make no apology for that. An infinite variety of seasons, weather and times of the day, combined with the wonderful scenery, ensures that there’s always something new to see. This proved to be the case today

I parked in the National Trust car park near Scale Bridge and instead of heading along the obvious path ahead I turned steeply uphill to climb up through Lanthwaite Wood. There are a couple of short rocky sections to add interest, though they are very easy, and are best described as an enjoyable clamber. Near the top of the hill I was greeted by a sea of bluebells. I wasn’t expecting this, as the woodland bluebells have now all but gone, but then remembered that their cousins on the open fellside flower a little later. It was a wonderful sight – and scent

The view from the top of Lanthwaite Hill was as beautiful as ever, with Lorton Vale, Loweswater, Crummock Water and the Buttermere fells displayed in all their splendour

I descended through Lanthwaite Wood along a path which hugs the edge of the wood with views out onto the adjoining fells. This eventually brought me down to the boathouse on the shore of Crummock Water. From here I followed the path to the foot of the lake, pausing to admire the wonderful view back to its head. There’s a choice of paths back to the start – either follow the obvious main track back through Lanthwaite Wood, or take a more meandering path beside the River Cocker – I chose the latter today. It had been a wonderful short walk, one which never fails to please

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