7th October 2206

The Loweswater fells.


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 12.45
Duration 4 hr
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Loweswater - Hen Comb - Floutern Cop - Gavel Fell - Blake Fell - Burnbank Fell - Holme Wood - Loweswater (lake) - Loweswater
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Loweswater

With room for only half a dozen cars or so the chances are that you'll find this parking area full. There is another car park found a little way past The Kirkstile Inn, but this one is even smaller. Should you be lucky enough to get parked however, you'll find this a truly beautiful area of the Lake District. Crummock Water and Loweswater are both within easy reach and of course there's Mellbreak, towering above this end of Lorton Vale.


Route Map

Hen Comb seen from the start of Mosedale. It was at this point that we left the main track and headed off to the right to get down to the stepping stones across Mosedale Beck. Because of the heavy rain we've had this week the stepping stones were actually under water. Andrew took the head on approach and waded straight through the beck. I had the idea that I could still use the stones to cross the beck. This was fine until I got to the last stone and realised that I was one stone short of getting across with dry feet, so it was straight into the water for the last little bit.

Looking back down the bottom section of the Hen Comb ridge.

Standing on a rather windy Hen Comb summit and looking across to Great Borne. The little grassy hill on the right of the picture is Floutern Cop, out next point on the walk.

Gavel Fell and Blake Fell from Hen Comb summit, this was taken less than one minute after the previous photo, but now in bright sunshine.

Hen Comb summit cairn.

White Oak / Gavel Fell seen across Whiteoak Moss.

Floutern Tarn.

Looking down to Loweswater from the path up to Gavel Fell.

A dark looking Blake Fell seen from Gavel Fell summit. The sunshine and the clouds were coming and going so quickly today the light was changing almost by the minute.

A find cairn found just across from Blake Fell summit. The wind was so strong here that we gave up trying to talk as we just couldn't hear what the other one was saying.

Burnbank Fell summit.

Loweswater seen from the path down from Burnbank Fell. The fells behind the lake are Low Fell, Darling Fell and Fellbarrow.

Back down from Burnbank Fell and onto the track that runs around to the top of Holme Wood.

A little further along the track with Loweswater and Crummock Water in the valley.

The wooden foot bridge across Holme Beck. Just after crossing the beck we took the path into Holme Wood and down to Loweswater.

The top section of the path through Holme Wood.

Loweswater with Darling Fell and Low Fell behind.

Looking over Loweswater Church and the Kirkstile Inn towards Crummock Water.

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