14th September 2012

A walk around Loweswater


Walk Overview
Time 12.40 to 14.10
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 3.6 mile
Ascent 300 ft
Walking with On my own
Loweswater Road - Maggie's Bridge - Holme Wood - Loweswater - Hudson Place - Roadside near Water End
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

Because of the sore foot I've had, this was the first time I'd left the house since Monday morning and even while I was at home I tried not to walk about too much. And although it doesn't seem to be as sore as it was, I'm still keeping myself on light duties a little longer.

At one time this little bit was usually like a mud bath and if we'd had any substantial amount of rain, it was best to walk around by the road. Now that the path seems to have been raised slightly you generally get across mud free.
The car is parked behind the hedge at the top of the next field.

I had one shower after another today. None of them lasted long, but they were so frequent and heavy that it was a waste of time taking waterproofs off between showers.

The path through Holme Woods.

Loweswater bothy.

and from the lakeside next to the bothy, I took this photo looking towards the Mellbreak end of the lake.

"Go on you know you want to, and no one is looking"

Out of Holme Wood now and the view shows Low Fell.

"It's no good putting your head under a branch, you're back end is still getting wet"

1 out of ten for colour coordination

Darling Fell and Low Fell taken from the lonning between the lake and Maggies Bridge.



Mellbreak stands proud a little further down the valley. I don't suppose it would have been impossible but the winds were far too strong for it to comfortable up there today.

Before I turned onto the Loweswater road, I took this photo looking towards Crummock. That's Rannerdale Knotts you can see befind the trees on the right.

I'm on the return leg of the walk now and from here you get a great view of Carling Knott on the opposite side of the lake.

Looking round to the left, you see Mellbreak and Hen Comb.

If your livestock were found somewhere is shouldn't be, this enclosure was bad news.

This is the Pinfold, from the Old Norse 'pin' (to seize) and 'fold' (enclosure). Animals that escaped grazed common land when their owner had no commoners' rights, or got out of control on the way to market, were put in the pinfold by the Pinder, a local constable. To get them back you paid a fine.
Loweswater records contain reports on the pinfold from as early as 1655.

"Aren't I clever"
"Not really, you just took a photo of the sign and then copied it when you got home. Any fool could do that"

And what did I do after taking this picture, , , ,

, , , , I ate the black ones.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks