29th November 2015

Around Loweswater

Time 1:20 to 2:30pm
Duration 1 hr 10 min
Distance 3.6 mile
Ascent 300 ft or there abouts
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


As far as Fell walking goes I guess we all get to a point when we think there's nowt we can do about the fact that the weather and (or) other things are keeping us from walking. The time arrives when we have to accept it and realise there's no use in getting wound up anymore. The only certainty in all this is that the terrible run of weather on the days I've been able to get out walking is guaranteed to come to an end eventually. Thankfully this afternoon offered me a couple of rainless hours and I was persuaded to nip across to Loweswater to top up the fresh air in my lungs.

Loweswater with the Grasmoor fells behind. Mellbreak is almost out of view behind the big tree on the right.

Looking across to Darling Fell and Low Fell

I enter Holme Wood and and I'm greeted by a typical late autumn scene. The trees are almost leafless, becks & streams are all full and everywhere seems to be covered in leaves of every shade of gold and brown you can think of.

The path straight through Holme Wood.

Loweswater Bothy is reached in what I can only describe as a really strange calmness. Above me the wind was howling and the clouds were scurrying across the sky as if there was no tomorrow, yet here, there wasn't a breath of wind at all.

Low Fell, Whiteside, Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike, seen from the other side of the bothy.


Watergate Farm.


Looking across to Mellbreak.

Black Crag (Gavel Fell) and Carling Knott seen from the road walk back to the car.

As always that was a nice little walk and as a bonus, it was dry.
I suspect at sometime in the future we'll have some of those crisp winter days of blue sky & sunshine with snow on the fells and a temperature that leaves you with a red nose and rosy cheeks.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks