3rd November 2008

Autumn in Loweswater


Walk Overview
Time 12.00 to 14.30
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with On my own
Fangs Brow - above Holme Wood - High Nook Tarn - High Nook farm - Maggie's Bridge - Loweswater - Holme Wood - Hudson 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

Conditions were far too good to miss today, so I opted for a short walk in the Loweswater area with the hope of catching some autumn colours before they're gone for another year. I wasn't disappointed.

From Fangs Brow, found between Lamplugh and Loweswater, I followed the broad track that skirts around the side of Burnbank Fell, Carling Knott and above Holme Wood. Shortly after setting out, you pass this lovely viewpoint looking down to Loweswater, with the modest heights of Darling Fell and Low Fell immediately behind the lake. In stark contrast to these fells, the distance skyline plays host to two of the Lake Districts' more celebrated fells - Whiteside and Grasmoor.

Fellbarrow and Darling Fell seen behind Loweswater.

What do you mean, it isn't straight. Even I'm not that cross-eyed. It must have been because I was looking straight up at the tree on a sloping fellside.

The wooden bridge over Holme Beck. What a shock; the wood was still wet and it was quite slippery. I got half way across it and almost ended up doing a backwards summersault. At least no one was looking!

I wasn't too far from High Nook Tarn when I took this picture looking into Lorton Vale.
What a perfect day to be in one of the nicest areas of countryside in the Lake District.


Crossing Highnook Beck.

Sunshine just dipping behind Black Crag (above High Nook Tarn).


Sorry about the shadow. I tried crouching down, standing up, pointing the camera up and moving from side to side. In the end I gave up and took the picture as it is.

After being barked at and snarled at by several unfriendly dogs at High Nook Farm I made my way down this lovely lonning to Maggie's Bridge. And it was warmer and more pleasant walking across here today than it was for most of July and August, but that's a different story.


Unusually shaped trees near Maggie's Bridge.

Looking back along the track between Maggie's Bridge and Loweswater. The fells behind are, Whiteside, Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike.

Darling Fell and Low Fell.

Well, as I started to walk through Holme Wood I couldn't decide if I should take the broad track straight through the woods or take the narrower one next to the lake. Thankfully I was inclined to take the one by the waters edge. Had I taken the other path I'd have missed what was probably the best show of reflections I've ever seen.

Loweswater reflections.



Heading back to the main track through Holme Wood.



I don't suppose anyone can disagree that Loweswater certainly knows how to put on a fantastic display of autumn colours.

This is the point at which I joined the main road, next to Grange County House Hotel. All that was left was the walk up Fangs Brow and back to the car.
Did I feel as though I'd missed the opportunity to walk on the higher fells on such a gorgeous day; absolutely not! This was a treat from start to finish.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks