Route: Loweswater and Holme Wood

Area : Western Lake District

Date of walk: 26th July 2023

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.7 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny

This is one of my 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

It’s been nearly one year since I followed this route, an absence caused by a dodgy knee. I hoped that its replacement would be up to the task, the longest walk I’ve undertaken since the operation in February. 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 farm 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, especially those from a well sited bench

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.  There is a shorter alternative for anyone who is tiring, click here for more information. As it was, my knee was holding up and so 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

We then descended into Holme Wood, and along the shore of Loweswater, passing by the bothy along the way

The last section was an easy stroll along the track between Watergate Farm and Maggie’s Bridge, passing through recently established traditional hay meadows in some of the fields, which will add to the delight of the walk in years to come

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