25th December 2016

A Christmas Day walk that nearly wasn't

Time 11:45am to 1:15pm
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 3.6 mile
Ascent hardly any
Walking with Jennifer
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.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Well, talk about a very misleading forecast. For days now we've all been told that Christmas Day would be a total wash out with gale force winds thrown in just to make it less appealing to venture outside. The only bit they got right was the wind which was howling through the trees for the whole walk. As for the rain - - what else can I say other than it was completely dry from about 9am until about tea time. We don't like to walk for too long on Christmas Day anyway but because of the forecast we made no effort to get up a decent time as this was going to be a day spent in the house. Then, after looking out of the window a few times and seeing no rain, at about 11 o'clock we made a snap decision to nip out for a walk around Loweswater.
On the walk round, lots of people said "Hello", "Merry Christmas" and a few people passed on how warm it felt. For a snap decision walk and for somewhere I go quite a lot, this really was an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours on Christmas Day.

Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell.




Heading down the road to Maggie's Bridge and the lake itself.


Once we got as far as the second half of the walk we began to meet lots of other people, all of which were looking very pleased to be out and about on Christmas Day. Getting out for a walk on this day isn't as weird as it sounds.

Darling Fell and Low Fell.


Holme Wood.


"Have you lost something"
"No, I'm just letting you see the Christmas hat"


And to finish, here's a view looking down Loweswater from the walk back across to the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks