Route: Loweswater and Holme Wood

Area : Western Lake District

Date of walk: 4th March 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.7 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Mixed cloud and sun

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 and a lonely valley. Along the way there are wonderful views over the Solway Plain looking north (including Scotland in clear weather) and to the high lakeland fells looking south

With the felltops hidden under clouds, this was a good choice for today’s walk. We made an early start and parked as usual at Maggie’s Bridge where there is space for 8-10 cars. Instead of heading directly to Loweswater we followed the track to High Nook Farm, where Alfred Wainwright used to stay 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, known as the old coffin road from Loweswater to St Bees (the description may be fanciful but the name has stuck). The views from here are superb

The path contours around the sides of Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell and reaches a height of over 1,000 feet – higher than one or two lakeland fells. However 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 Jenkinson Place and Hudson Place. Just before Hudson Place, a herd of Belted Galloway cattle had turned the field into a quagmire and we emerged onto the lane with our boots caked in mud

We then descended into Holme Wood, and along the shore of Loweswater, passing by the bothy as we did so

The last section was an easy stroll along the track between Watergate Farm and Maggie’s Bridge. We’ve followed this route on numerous occasions at every time of the year and never tire of it

Previous time here

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