Holme Wood, Loweswater

Holme Wood

Route: Holme Wood

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 30th December 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.2 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Low cloud and dull

Continued poor weather in the Lake District meant that a fell walk wouldn’t be possible – low cloud down to about 600 feet rendered much of the landscape invisible. We decided on a low level walk though Holme Wood, a place we visit frequently. We’ve walked all the paths before, but not in the combination we chose for today’s route. We parked in one of the roadside spaces near Waterend at the northern end of Loweswater and followed a path and then a lane past Hudson Place. We then joined a path which descends gently to Holme Wood and the shore of Loweswater

Holme Wood is owned and managed by the National Trust and is home to a wide mixture of native trees including alder, oak, lime, ash, beech and sycamore. The paths through it make for a pleasant stroll at any time of the year. On entering into the wood we followed the main path through it, passing by Holme Wood Bothy along the way. Just before Watergate Farm and the gate at the far end of the wood we turned off sharp right to to climb up through the trees. We ignored the first crossroads of paths and at the second one we turned right to descend gently back down to the main path. (For anyone wanting a slightly longer alternative, carry on to the third crossroads and turn right – this will take you past Holme Force, which is well worth a visit).

Having rejoined the main path we followed another one which passes by the bothy and hugs the shore of Loweswater. This brought us to the edge of Holme Wood and from here we retraced our steps back to the start. It was an enjoyable walk in spite of the uninspiring weather

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Next day, more red squirrel action in the garden…


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