Lorton Vale

Lorton Vale

Route: Lorton Vale

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 12th December 2018

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and David

Distance: 6.7 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: Cold wind, cloudy with sunny patches

Lorton Vale is one of Lakeland’s longest valleys, and stretches from the Honister Pass though to Cockermouth. It contains Buttermere, Crummock Water, and Loweswater. Today’s walk would take us along the central part of the valley. Our nephew David was staying with us and we took advantage of the extra car by planning a linear route, which would start at a church and end at a pub

Having left one car at Church Bridge, next to the famous Kirkstile Inn, we drove back along the valley to the start of the walk and parked by St Cuthbert’s Church on the edge of High Lorton. From the church we followed a path through the fields which brought us to the road leading into High Lorton. We walked through the unspoilt village and turned left to pass by the Lorton Yew Tree immortalised by Wordsworth. This ancient tree is now a shadow of its former self, having been battered by countless storms over the years

After leaving the road and walking through Scales we joined the delightful mid-level path which runs along Lorton Vale, giving good views across the valley all the way. Beyond High Swinside we forded Hope Beck which was much trickier than usual on account of recent heavy rain. Safely across the beck we continued along the undulating valley path, eventually arriving at Lanthwaite Green. From here we descended to the shore of Crummock Water and walked round the foot of the lake until we reached Park Beck. We followed a path and a quiet lane beside the beck to reach our destination – the Kirkstile Inn – in perfect time for lunch and refreshments. The walk had taken about 3 hours in all and, apart from a small handful of walkers around Crummock Water, we hadn’t seen another soul

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