9th February 2014

Down to Loweswater from Fangs Brow

 

Walk Overview
Details
Time 1:30 to 2:45pm
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 3.7 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with On my own
Route
Fangs Brow - Holme Beck - Holme Wood - 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.

 

Weather Readings
                 

       
The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Temperature
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


Photos

This was the second attempt at a walk today. The first one was abandoned before we even set off because it was chucking it down. "Never mind, we'll go back home, do the shopping and then try somewhere else in the afternoon". Well, we did the shopping and then Jennifer said that now she was back in the house, she didn't fancy going back out again. So, here I am on my own at Loweswater. Little did I think the walk would be dry and even a bit sunny.

Even on the calmest of days the lovely appearance of the grasses make them look like they're leaning in the wind. Today, the wind was definitely playing its part and the grass was almost being torn out by the roots.

A little bit further along the route and still in view are Low Fell, Whiteside, Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike, Robinson and Mellbreak. Not forgetting Loweswater and Crummock.

A view of a seat with a view.

Holme Beck.

Not long after crossing the beck I turned left into Holme Wood to follow the path down to the Watergate Farm end of the lake.

 

A little bit of storm damage.

I take a picture from the gate looking across to Low Fell and Whiteside before turning in the opposite direction and heading past the Loweswater Bothy.

 
 
 

I must have been well sheltered because there was hardly a breath of wind down here. What a difference from the higher path I was on at the start.

I'd crossed Holme Beck earlier before I went into Holme Wood and now I'm crossing back over the beck. This time I'm next to Loweswater.

On the opposite side of the lake are Darling Fell and Low Fell.

This is probably one of the best vantage points for a view of Loweswater. Taken from the path up to Hudson Place Farm.

In the sunshine at Hudson Place.

 

You can probably guess how slippery this was. I reckon some of the moves I did would have got me a decent score on this evenings episode of Dancing on Ice.

 

That's me standing on a stile taking a picture looking across to Fellbarrow. Sunshine, , , , fantastic. If only the wind would drop.

Almost back at the car now and what should have been an uneventful short drive home ended up giving me one of those heart sinking moments which could turn out to be costly. I've no idea what I ran over, but it didn't just puncture the front tyre it did the back one as well. Oh crap, , , you've never got two spare wheels when you need them. Thankfully I wasn't far from home when it happened.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks