St Bega's Church, Mirehousee


Route: Mirehouse and Bassenthwaite Lake

Area : Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 10th August 2023

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, Phil and Denise

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 150 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny

Mirehouse is a historic property in the heart of the northern Lake District. It was built in 1666 by the Earl of Derby, who sold it in 1688. Since then it has never been sold and has passed by inheritance. The house is open to visitors, check the website for opening times and prices. The grounds are also open for visitors and provide good walking opportunities. We parked in Dodd car park, which is opposite Mirehouse, and which is home to the Old Sawmill Tearoom

Having purchased tickets to the grounds, we crossed the road and followed the drive towards the house, which is lined with some magnificent Scots pines, some of them dating back to 1786. Just before reaching Mirehouse we made a short diversion to the Bee Garden, a walled garden planted to benefit honeybees. We returned to the drive, passing by the house, and followed Lovers’ Lane, so called because match-makers used to send likely couples down this romantic path. We then entered into the parkland and visited ancient St Bega’s Church, set in a wonderful position near the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. The building dates back to AD 950 and is widely visited by people from all over the world. In recognition of this the church has a collection of Bibles in 28 languages

We returned through the parkland and joined a path leading through Catstocks Wood to the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. The path continued through the wood, initially with limited views, but beyond the wood there were lovely views across the lake to Barf and Seat How and, further down the valley, the distinctive knobbly tops of Causey Pike and Catbells. We turned away from the lake to follow a path back towards Mirehouse which took us through Crosthwaite Wood and from there back to the start of an excellent short walk

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