Loweswater

Route: Loweswater

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 4th September 2018

Walkers: Andrew and  Gilly

Distance: 5.9 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Sunny

Today’s walk was a variation on one of our favourites, a delighful and varied route which we’ve walked many times. We normally park in the small car park at Maggie’s Bridge near the head of Loweswater, but it was closed today, so we drove to the foot of the lake and parked in one of the spaces there. We followed the path along the foot of Loweswater to Hudson Place and decided to walk anti-clockwise for a change, turning off at Hudson Place to follow a path through the fields, past Jenkinson Place and to the northernmost edge of the Lake District

The path took us to an ancient track known locally as the Loweswater to St. Bees Coffin Road. This mid-level route contours around the fellside with some wonderful views, looking north to Scotland and the Solway Firth and south into the heart of Lakeland. We followed the path above Holme Wood and Loweswater and beyond the head of the lake we descended towards High Nook Tarn. The small bridge over Highnook Beck, which was washed away in the floods, still hasn’t been replaced but fording the small beck was a simple affair. We then passed through High Nook Farm and just beyond it joined the path which leads past Watergate Farm to the head of Loweswater

From here we walked along the lakeshore path through Holme Wood and on reaching Hudson Place we retraced our steps back to the start. This is a walk with a huge variety of scenery to be enjoyed along the way – fells, lakes, woodland, grazing land, meadows, valleys – all of it beautiful and shown in its best light in today’s weather

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