12th November 2011

Around Fellbarrow, Low Fell and Loweswater


Walk Overview
Time 11.15 to 14.25
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 10.2 mile
Ascent 1000 ft
Walking with On my own
Waterend - Mosser Road - Mosser Mains - Catgill Bridge - Low Lorton - Thackthwaite - Foulsyke - Maggies Bridge - Loweswater - Holme Wood - Hudson Place - Waterend
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

This is the route leading from the Loweswater road up to Miresyke and Askhill.   and this is the track once it reaches the back of Askhill Farm; just before it reached the Mosser Road (pronounced Mozzer).

I didn't intend to walk here at all today, but forgetfulness saw me leave the house without my boots. Normally this wouldn't happen because I always drive there and back wearing the same boots I do the walk in., , , I know, I'm lazy. This morning I had to call in somewhere on route that wouldn't have appreciated my dirty boots, so the idea was to put all the walking gear in the car boot and put them on when I got there. It wasn't until I was driving past Cockermouth that I realised I'd left the boots at home. It's a good job I realised when I did because I was heading to Patterdale.
I went back home, got the boots and decided to walk somewhere closer to home before anymore of the day was lost.

On the Mosser road.

Looking across to Fellbarrow. Rather than walking up it, I decided to walk around it today.

To name a few, I've seen signs with bridalway, footpath, permissive path, and public footpath, but I don't recall ever seeing a public way sign before. It just doesn't seen right to me. Public way "to" Low Lorton would have made more sense.

Looking across to the Cumbrian coastal plane.
It's not very clear, but Scotland is over there.


The fells come back into view.


Lorton in front of Kirk Fell (not the Wasdale one).

The river Cocker, seen from the new bridge at Lorton.

Across the valley to Graystones.

Looking the other way through the valley and you see Whiteside and Grasmoor (back right).


It's about time they were told to slow down. The speed these squirrels drive through here if terrible.

One of the houses in Thackthwaite.


A close up of Scale Hill.

And a not so close up picture of Scale Hill. This time with Whiteside and Grasmoor behind.

"Mountains piled on mountains"; as the 18th century visitors used to say.

Low Fell.

Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell.

Walking through Holme Wood.

After a bad start to the day it was a case of all's well that ends well. I hadn't walked where I originally wanted to but that didn't really matter. I still managed a 10 mile walk and in the process I linked together lots of separate sections from other walks I'd done over the years to create what was a new route for me.

If this walk was done the other way around, it would make a lovely evening walk in the middle of summer.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks