Holme Wood

Holme Wood

Route: Holme Wood

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 2nd November 2018

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.7 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Sunny spells at first but clouded over midway

Holme Wood is owned and managed by the National Trust, and runs along the south west side of Loweswater. It’s a classic English mixed woodland of oak, chestnut, ash, beech, sycamore, alder and lime. I’ve walked through the wood many times, and it’s a favourite location, especially at this time of the year when the yellow and golds of autumn are showing

I parked in the small car park at Maggie’s Bridge where there is room for about 8 cars. Instead of heading directly towards Loweswater and the woods I followed the track through High Nook Farm. Beyond the farm I joined the old Corpse Road which leads from Buttermere to Lamplugh church, and then to St Bees Priory. This lovely old track gives superb views as it contours around the fellside above Holme Wood, at a height of around 900 feet

After reaching the end of the wood I continued towards Fangs Brow, my plan being to walk back via Jenkinson Place and Hudson Place. However as I went along the clouds started to roll in, and I decided to retrace my steps to the woods in order to catch what was left of the light. I went through a gate in the woodland wall near Holme Beck and followed the path downhill. On reaching a crossroads I turned left to pass by Holme Force waterfall, known locally as ‘Grey Mare’s Tail’

From here I made my way down to Loweswater and followed the path along the lakeshore – an alternative track runs through the middle of the wood. I passed by the bothy and then walked across the head of Loweswater along a track which took me back to the start at Maggie’s Bridge. By now the weather had closed in and was as dull as ditchwater, so I was glad to have shortened the route – for the longer version (which I highly recommend) click here

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