Route: Loweswater

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 7th December 2018

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.9 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: Very windy, some rain and hail, cloudy with a few patches of sun

This is one of my favourite walks, and one which I repeat several times a year. I could never grow weary of it. The scenery is incredibly varied, and the route passes along and through meadows, a deserted valley, fellside, open moorland, fields, ancient woodland and lakeshore. Along the way there are views of some of lakeland’s finest fells looking one way and the Irish Sea, the Solway Firth and Scotland looking the other

I parked as usual in the small National Trust car park at Maggie’s Bridge, leaving the car park via the track to High Nook Farm. At the head of the valley I forded High Nook Beck, which was trickier than usual thanks to torrential rain earlier in the week

I joined the old coffin road which rises up and then snakes around the flanks of Carling Knott, giving superb views over Lorton Vale and Crummock Water. Whiteside and Grasmoor are also well seen from here. The wind was ferocious along this section, and I was glad to have chosen a lower level walk today

The path continues above Holme Wood and towards Fangs Brow. At the half way point of the walk I walked through sodden fields to Iredale Place to commence the return leg to Loweswater. This took me through Holme Wood which is well managed by the National Trust and then back through fields to the start

Despite the beauty of the surroundings I didn’t see another walker during the course of 6 miles until I arrived back at Maggie’s Bridge

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