Lanthwaite Hill

Lanthwaite Hill

Route: Lanthwaite Hill

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 27th August 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Sunny

Lanthwaite Hill, otherwise known as Brackenthwaite Hows, is one of my favourite places in the Lake District. This place 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

The hill and surrounding woodland have recently been purchased by the National Trust, which will preserve this place for future generations

Today’s walk was a slight variation on our usual one, and was made up as we went along. We know the area well and various paths (not all of them shown on the OS maps) offer a number of opportunities. We parked in the National Trust car park at Scale Hill and, instead of taking the obvious path though Lanthwaite Wood, we turned left uphill. At a junction we continued upwards and clambered up a series of steep rock staircases to reach the edge of the wood. We passed through the deer gate and climbed the ridge leading to the top of Lanthwaite Hill, a superb vantage point with views of Crummock Water, Loweswater and Lorton Vale

We normally descend towards Crummock Water, but today we turned away from the lake and headed north along Brackenthwaite Hows to the Buttermere road. We crossed the road at Beck House, then the footbridge over Liza Beck and, after a short boggy section joined the wonderful path along Lorton Vale. This brought us to Lanthwaite Green and from here we re-entered Lanthwaite Wood. We descended to the boathouse by the shore of Crummock Water and from here followed the track back to the Scale Hill car park to end a wonderful short walk

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View from Lanthwaite Hill taken a couple of weeks earlier…


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