Lorton Vale

Lorton Vale

Route: Lorton Vale

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 27th August 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.1 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Light cloud 

Lorton Vale is a chain of valleys stretching from Cockermouth in the north to Buttermere in the south. The middle section, with the villages of High Lorton and Low Lorton at its centre, may lack the drama of the Buttermere area but is full of rural charm and is an ideal place for a quiet walk, especially on a bank holiday such as today

We parked in High Lorton and set off in a clockwise direction so as to have the best views ahead of us as we progressed. We climbed out of the village via Boonbeck and Scales and joined the mid level path which runs along much the valley. The section near High Swinside is beautiful, with wonderful views along and across the valley

Beyond High Swinside we joined the gated road for a short distance and then rejoined the path, which curves round the foot of Lorton Dodd. After some dithering we managed to ford Hope Beck, which was very full after recent heavy rain, and then carried on round the foot of Dodd along a path which is juicy at the best of times, and was even more so today

It’s hard to leave such an enchanting path, but we had to do so at Miller Place in order to start the return leg. We walked down the outgang from the fellside and followed the quiet lane through Hopebeck. Just beyond Hopebeck we took a path across the fields back into High Lorton. It was two hours well spent in sylvan surroundings

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