Loweswater circuit

Route: Loweswater circuit

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 27th May 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.2 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Sunny

Loweswater is unique in the Lake District, as it is the only lake that drains towards the centre of Lakeland, into Crummock Water to which it was once joined 

We parked in one of the roadside spaces beyond the head of Loweswater and followed the path past Hudson Place and into Holme Wood. The wood, managed by the National Trust, is one of our favourite places in the district with many inviting paths and some superb mature trees – alder, oak, lime, chestnut, ash, sycamore and others. The bluebells were still in flower but only just and in a matter of days they will be over

There’s a choice of paths running through the the wood – a wide track is the most direct route, but we preferred to follow an alternative path which follows the lakeshore. At the end of Holme Wood we emerged at the head of Loweswater and walked along the track through the fields to Maggie’s Bridge. From there we followed the lane to the Loweswater road. The roadside section is the only slightly unsatisfactory part of the walk but having said that, it’s a fairly quiet narrow road and the surroundings are attractive

When we reached the pinfold (look out for a dry stone wall enclosure with an information board) we were able to join a narrow path which runs beside the lakeshore and this took us back almost as far as the foot of the lake, where we rejoined the road and made our way back to the start

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