Route: Loweswater and Holme Wood

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 30th October 2020

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance: 5.9 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny

Today’s walk was a variation on one of our favourites, a delightful and varied route which we’ve walked many times. We bided our time, as the weather was poor in the morning, but forecast to improve later on. This proved to be a good decision, but it meant that our usual starting point – the small car park at Maggie’s Bridge – was full. As it was half term week this came as no surprise, so instead we drove to the head of Loweswater and parked in one of the roadside spaces there. Loweswater is unusual as it drains into lakeland and not away from it, as would be expected. We followed the path along the head of the lake to Hudson Place and decided to walk anti-clockwise for a change. This would keep the views into lakeland ahead of us

After a short climb we turned 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 a track known locally as the Loweswater to St. Bees Coffin Road. It’s believed that the name is fanciful and was given by the National Trust in the 1970s to add a bit of romance. It would certainly be an odd choice of routes to carry a heavy coffin, as it involves climbing some 1,000 feet when a much easier way lies below along the Loweswater road

Whatever the truth, the coffin road 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 foot of the lake we descended towards High Nook Tarn. After crossing the small bridge over Highnook Beck we passed through High Nook Farm, and beyond the farm we descended towards Maggie’s Bridge. Note that the Maps Page shows a shorter alternative route, along a path to Watergate Farm. From Maggie’s Bridge we joined the track to Holme Wood, and walked through the wood to Hudson Place. From here 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

For other walks here, visit my Find Walks page and enter the name in the ‘Search site’ box

Click on the icon below for the route map (subscribers to OS Maps can view detailed maps of the route, visualise it in aerial 3D, and download the GPX file. Non-subscribers will see a base map)

Scroll down – or click on any photo to enlarge it and you can then view as a slideshow

Previous walk: « | Next walk: »