1st July 2014

An evening walk at Loweswater


Walk Overview
Time 5:30 to 7:10pm
Duration 1 hr 40 min
Distance 3.7 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with Helen Clark
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.


Route Map


Sometime around mid afternoon I looked towards the heavens in the hope of seeing lots of blue. I was sadly disappointed. Never mind I thought at the time, a walk with no sunshine is better than no walk at all. Then, only a couple of hours later, the western edge of the Lake District had a turnaround in the weather and by the end of the working day we were enjoying the perfect summer evening.

"I'm the King of the castle"
Queen actually, but you know what I mean.

The air was crystal clear this evening which allowed every detail of the fells to stand out with a rare clarity. It isn't very often that fells at such a distance can be viewed with this degree of accuracy.

Over on the other side of Loweswater are Fellbarrow, Darling Fell and Low Fell.

We make our way across the slopes of Burnbank Fell with fantastic views across Loweswater to Crummock Water.


Drystone walls, separating trees and bracken for hundreds of years.

Darling Fell and Fellbarrow are both visible from the crossing point of Holme Beck.

It seemed a shame to walk into the shade on such a lovely evening, but needs must and we walk through Holme wood to reach the lake. Walking down here was really nice as it turned out. It actually added to the walk rather then taking anything away from it.

Can't see the wood for the trees.

Down by the waters edge and looking across to Low Fell, Whiteside and Grasmoor.

Darling Fell and Low Fell.

Ah, now we're spoilt for choice. The path going straight on takes you straight on (as you'd expect). The path on the right takes a route past the Bothy and alongside the lake.

Blimey, what a gorgeous evening; enough to make us forget we'd been at work all day.

There was no sign of life at the Bothy this evening so we had a sneaky look through the windows. Accommodation is basic, luxuries are few and although I wouldn't like to stay in one of these for a whole week, I think I'd enjoy a night or two.


Holme Wood is lovely at anytime but this evenings walk through the sunshine and shadows takes some beating.



We're out of Holme Wood now (which was a shame) and we're back into the sunshine (which was nice). Sounds like a contradiction but everywhere was lovely this evening.



You could say that Hudson Place offers a good foreground for this picture of Mellbreak, , , or you could equally say Hudson Place is in the way and blocks out a good view of Mellbreak.

It's uphill for a little while as we walk across the fields between Hudson Place and the track near the car. The lovely clear views continued and the cattle weren't interested in us.

Haytime at Loweswater.

Iredale Place in front of Darling Fell.

And all too soon the walk was just about over, however, we'd spent 1 hour 40 minutes walking in perfect conditions in one of the most gorgeous placed you're ever likely to find. Not a bad way to end the day by anyone's standards.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks