3rd September 2013

Above Loweswater to High Nook Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 3pm to 5:50pm
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Fangs Brow - Holme Beck - above Holme Wood - High Nook Tarn - High Nook Farm - Maggie's Bridge - Loweswater - Hudson Place - Jenkinson Place - Fangs Brow
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking at the top of Fangs Brow, Loweswater

This is another of the many roadside areas in the Lake District which have been adopted as a permanent, yet unofficial car park. At a push you might get ten small cars along here and although I rarely see no cars at all here, I can usually manage to find a space.

A gate in the wall next to the parking spaces leads directly onto the track which runs all the way to High Nook Tarn, taking in views of Loweswater and the north western fells along the way.


Route Map

A combination of a late afternoon start because I'd been to work and the nights cutting in meant we stuck closer to home and didn't walk too far today. Okay, it's still 6 mile, but it's an easy 6 mile. As we said on the drive home, getting out for a walk like this at the end of a normal working day makes you feel good about everything.

A view back along the track shows the Scottish hills in the distance.

It's a hard life for some.

Fellbarrow, Darling Fell and Low Fell seen over the wall, beyond the cows and above the fields.

Yes, as always there are a few picture showing Grasmoor and Whiteside when I walk this route. They dominate the view as you walk across here and as far as getting a good / great / brilliant view without having to put in much effort goes, this is about as good as you're going to get anywhere.


Two choices here:-
1) I've taken a picture of the Mountain Ash which just happens to be in front of Darling Fell and Low Fell
2) I've taken a picture of Darling Fell and Low Fell which just happen to be behind the Mountain Ash.


This time they're seen from the High Nook Tarn end of Holme Wood. From here you can see a good way into Lorton Vale. And, if you look carefully enough, Loweswater and Crummock Water are still in the picture.

The sun had almost gone by the time we reached High Nook Tarn, except for these last few rays shining onto the tarn. Moments later they were taken over by the cloud and that was it for the rest of the walk I'm afraid.

Flood damage on the side of Black Crag. It looks fairly recent; perhaps from the torrential day we had a few weeks ago.

Just above High Nook Farm.

The track from High Nook Farm leads you down to Maggie's Bridge which is in among those trees on the left. The track I'm taking this picture from leads from Maggie's Bridge to the lake which is behind me.
That's Mellbreak over there in the centre of the picture.

Darling Fell and Low Fell.

A close up of the Loweswater end of Mellbreak.

Watergate Farm. There's nowt wrong with Loweswater, but if they could just lift this up and place it somewhere of my choosing, I could happily see out my days living in this. Go on then, you can throw the car in as well.

It would have been nice to get out on the water but Jennifer said I was talking a load of rollocks if I was expecting her to row us across the lake. Thinking about it, it may be spelt rowlocks, , , , well what did you think I meant.

What a difference in the couple of hours or so we'd been walking. From lovely blue skies to the higher fells slowly but surely gaining a topping of cloud.

Holme Wood.

Damper, but still quite warm conditions at this time of year bring on the fungi that thrive in wooded places like this. Nice to see but a sad reminder that summer is just about over and autumn is on it's way.

One of these years I'll invest the time in learning a little bit about the different kinds of fungi I see while I'm out and about. When I say learn a little bit, I just mean their names.

Past the end of Loweswater now starting the short walk up to Hudson Place (a farm).

Three choices. Waterend / Holme Wood / Fangs Brow. We took the latter of the three options.

Don't look so worried, I won't tell anyone we were frightened of the cows near Maggie's Bridge.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks