18th October 2014

A circuit of Loweswater


Walk Overview
Time 12:30 to 1:50pm
Duration 1 hr 20 min
Distance 3.6 mile
Ascent 300 ft (ish)
Walking with Me and my thoughts
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


I had thought this was going to be a day in the house, but a window of dry weather presented itself so I headed out for a short walk close to home. Waterproofs were carried all the way round but thankfully they remained in the bottom of the bag. If I'd been wearing a hat, I suspect the wind would have been removed it before I got half way round the lake.
And which way do you need to go, , , , through the gate and across the fields.

Loweswater comes into view but to be honest I wasn't really looking at the lake, i was watching the clouds hurtling across the sky.

Looking across to Darling Fell.


I was completely sheltered from the wind as I walked alongside this wall so I had a few minutes silence where I could listen to the wind howling through the trees on the opposite side of the lake. When you're actually in among the wind and being battered about, all you hear is a horrible noise. From a distance like this, the sound altogether different and could almost be described as musical.

A close up of a sunlit Low Fell.

Holme Wood



"Quick, take a picture while the sun's shining"
"Who said that?"
"You did"
"Blimey, things must be bad if I'm having conversations with myself"


Loweswater Bothy.

Low Fell and Whiteside seen across Loweswater.

Now with a cloud topped Grasmoor, and also Whiteless Pike, Robinson and Mellbreak in view.

The clouds were moving a bit to quickly for my reactions so I was lucky to catch the sunshine today.


Heading up from Maggie's Bridge to the main Loweswater road.

Low Fell and Darling Fell.

On days like this when sunshine is in short supply, anyone would be forgiven for feeling a little short changed. Then, when you do get a brief spell of sunshine the landscape suddenly comes alive and you have brief but no less magical moments like this to enjoy.

Despite the somewhat gloomy conditions it was really pleasant walking out here today. It might have been extremely windy but the forecasters had suggested high temperatures and I did the walk in short sleeves.

Mallbreak, Hen Comb and Black Crag (on Gavel Fell).



Carling Knott.

A short walk but thankfully a dry one. Best get home now, Jennifer started work at 5am today and I assume she'll want me to make her a cuppa or cook something or clean something, , , , , I don't know yet but I'm sure I'll soon find out.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks