Lanthwaite Hill

Lanthwaite Hill

Route: Lanthwaite Hill

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 2nd April 2019

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Sunny patches

Lanthwaite Hill, shown on the OS map as Brackenthwaite Hows, is one of my favourite places in the Lake District. This walk 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

I parked as usual in the National Trust car park at Scale Hill. Instead of taking the obvious track ahead, which leads directly to the north shore of Crummock Water, I turned left up a steepish path through Lanthwaite Wood. At a junction I turned left again to continue uphill, climbing a steep rocky staircase along the way

After leaving the woods via a deer gate I was soon at the top of the hill, admiring the superb views  in all directions over Lorton Vale, Loweswater, Crummock Water and towards the Western Fells. The light was good and I lingered here for a while as the clouds scudded across the sky, watching patches of sunshine illuminate the surrounding fells

I then followed the easy path back down into Lanthwaite Wood, following a path which hugs the edge of the woods, giving good views across to Lanthwaite Green

The path descends to the eastern shore of Crummock Water, and when I arrived at the lakeshore I followed the path to the foot of the lake. From here I made a short diversion (not shown on the Maps Page) by continuing around the lakeshore as far as the Pump House. From here I retraced my steps to the foot of the lake, where are are two choices – a path which follows the bank of the River Cocker, or the wide track leading through Lanthwaite Wood. I opted for the track today, and 5 minutes later was back to the car park to end a short but very sweet walk

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