14th May 2010

A circuit of Loweswater


Walk Overview
Time 17.45 to 19.00
Duration 1 hr 15 min
Distance 3.6 mile
Ascent 300
Walking with On my own
Roadside near Water End - Hudson Place - Holme Wood - Maggie's Bridge - Loweswater Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Loweswater (waterend)

Assuming that everyone parks properly, there is room for quite a few cars along here. This is my prefered starting point for a circuit of Loweswater or a walk onto the Fellbarrow / Low Fell ridge.


Route Map

It had bucketed down all morning, rained well into the afternoon and it wasn't until late afternoon that it eventually stated to clear up a little. So, being fed up sitting in the house, I decided to have a walk around Loweswater.

"I don't know why they've locked me in this cage, I haven't done anything wrong"

This is different, , , to my untrained eye everything points to it being something to do with drainage. It could well be another measure put in place after the floods last November. I've noticed lots of things like this on my wanders recently, particularly the number of gutters which have now been cleared of decades worth of blockages. I know the floods last year were extreme, but I can't help thinking it's a bit like 'locking the stable door after the horse has bolted'.

Walking towards Holme Wood.

Darling Fell, seen on the opposite side of the lake.

Sunshine in Holme Wood.

A view down the lake towards Whiteside, Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike and Mellbreak.

I'm tempted to say it's because we had such a hard winter followed by a cold spring, but to be honest I'm not sure of the reason for the lateness and poor show of bluebells this year. I suppose I could jump on the band wagon and blame the government, the recession, global warming or even the price of petrol, but that still isn't going to bring the bluebells out. Whatever the cause it's a real shame as Holme Wood usually puts on a lovely display.


Darling Fell behind Loweswater.



Another picture showing Whiteside, Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike.

Mellbreak, taken from the track leading to Maggie's Bridge.


"Would somebody mind turning the light back on"


Loweswater village hall in front of Crummock Water. The darker fell in the centre of the picture is Whieless Pike.

Well, as always, that was an enjoyable short walk. I suppose I'd better go home and start making the tea before Jennifer gets home.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks