Lanthwaite Hill

Lanthwaite Hill

Western Lake District

Route: Lanthwaite Hill and Crummock Water

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 4th December 2016

Walkers: Andrew James and Jason

Distance: 2.1 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Sunny

After yesterday’s exertions on Helvellyn we voted for a short local walk this morning and made the 5 minute car journey to the National Trust car park at Scale Hill

From the car park we climbed steeply uphill to the top of Lanthwaite Hill, shown on the OS map as Brackenthwaite Hows. This is one of my favourite places in lakeland. Although the hill is a small one it has extensive and very beautiful views over a large chunk of the Western Lake District, including Lorton Vale, Loweswater, Crummock Water and many of the western lakeland fells. After admiring these for a few minutes we descended into Lanthwaite Wood, skirting around its edge before walking down to the shore of Crummock Water

We turned right at the boathouse to follow the lakeshore path to the foot of the lake, where another tremendous view awaited us

The last part of the walk was along the bank of the River Cocker back to the car park, where we saw several dippers (there is an alternative way back along a wide track running through Lanthwaite Wood)

It was a only a short walk but one that was packed full of beauty every step of the way

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