Route: Loweswater and Holme Wood

Area : Western Lake District

Date of walk: 13th May 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.7 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Sunny, then clouded over

This is one of our favourite local walks which in the space of 6 miles manages to cram in a huge variety of scenery including farmland, ancient woodland, a lake, a tarn, open moorland, a lonely valley and along the way offers wonderful views over the Solway Plain looking north (including Scotland in clear weather) and to the high lakeland fells looking south

We parked as usual at Maggie’s Bridge where there is space for 8-10 cars and, instead of heading directly to Loweswater, followed the track to High Nook Farm – Alfred Wainwright used to stay here when he was researching his Guide to the Western Fells. After passing through the farmyard we carried on to the head of the valley before joining the wonderful terraced path above Holme Wood – the views from here are fabulous

The path reaches a height of over 1,000 feet, higher than one or two lakeland fells, but the climbing is so gentle that it’s hardly noticed.  We carried on towards Fangs Brow, on the very edge of the Lake District, before turning back at Iredale Place and following the path past The Place. We then walked back through Holme Wood, and along the shore of Loweswater, where we were treated to a 4th wonderful display of bluebell in 4 days running

We’ve followed this route on numerous occasions at every time of the year and never tire of it – I hope that the photos which follow will show why this is so…

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