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Loweswater and Holme Wood

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Loweswater and Holme Wood
Author: Andrew's Walks, Published: 06 Nov 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Loweswater and Holme Woodstar0 Loweswater and Holme Woodstar0 Loweswater and Holme Woodstar0 Loweswater and Holme Woodstar0 Loweswater and Holme Wood
Cumbria, Lake District
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Loweswater and Holme Wood
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Loweswater and Holme Wood boot Loweswater and Holme Wood boot Loweswater and Holme Wood
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A 6 mile circular walk alongside Loweswater in the Lake District, Cumbria. This is one of my favourite walks, and one which I repeat several times a year. I could never grow weary of it. The scenery is incredibly varied, and the route passes along and through meadows, a deserted valley, fellside, open moorland, fields, ancient woodland and lakeshore. Along the way there are views of some of lakeland’s finest fells looking one way and the Irish Sea, the Solway Firth and Scotland looking the other.

The walk follows a mixture of stone tracks, field paths and woodland paths, with some stretches that can be muddy. You will climb from about 100 metres above sea level to about 300 metres above sea level at the highest point. You will be sharing the paths and tracks with livestock so take care with dogs. There are several gates and stream crossings on route, but you will not need to negotiate any stiles. Allow 3 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the Loweswater car park at Maggie’s Bridge. The nearest post code of CA13 0RU will take you to Loweswater Village Hall. Pass the hall on your left, continue for about 200 metres and then turn left into the next side lane. This will lead you to the car park on your right where there is room for about eight cars.

Walk Sections

Start to High Nook Farm
Start to High Nook Farm

Start point: 54.5772 lat, -3.3404 long
End point: 54.5729 lat, -3.3483 long

From the car park at Maggie’s Bridge you will see a choice of two bridleway paths. Take the bridleway signed to High Nook Farm which heads south-west (we will be returning via the other bridleway, via Water Gate Farm, for the return leg). Follow the farm track leading you towards the farm. You will have a lovely view of the hill known as Carling Knott, with Holme Wood on its slope. We will be walking behind this woodland shortly. Cross a bridge and head past the farm.

High Nook Farm to Highnook Beck
High Nook Farm to Highnook Beck

Start point: 54.5729 lat, -3.3483 long
End point: 54.5688 lat, -3.3565 long

Beyond High Nook Farm, continue on the bridleway track ahead. At the first path junction, ignore the left-hand branch and keep directly ahead. About 250 metres later at the head of the valley, bear right to ford Highnook Beck (the beck lost its footbridge in the Oct 2017 storms).

Highnook Beck to Above Woodland
Highnook Beck to Above Woodland

Start point: 54.5688 lat, -3.3565 long
End point: 54.5739 lat, -3.3549 long

After crossing the beck, turn right to follow the flanks of the fellside. This path is known as the old coffin road which rises up and then snakes around the flanks of Carling Knott, giving superb views over Lorton Vale and Crummock Water. Whiteside and Grasmoor are also well seen from here. The path reaches the wooded slopes of Holme Wood running down on your right.

Above Woodland to Holme Beck
Above Woodland to Holme Beck

Start point: 54.5739 lat, -3.3549 long
End point: 54.5783 lat, -3.3661 long

Continue ahead on the track, passing the woodland on your right. Pass through a wide gate ahead to continue on the old coffin road. The trees on the edge of the wood are battered by the wind and have assumed some interesting shapes. The path contours around Burnbank Fell and the hills of Scotland are just visible in the distance. You will see a wooden gate in the right-hand stone wall that leads into the woodland. Do NOT take this (unless you want to take a shortcut), instead continue ahead to cross Holme Beck via the sturdy wooden footbridge.

Holme Beck to Moorland Gate
Holme Beck to Moorland Gate

Start point: 54.5783 lat, -3.3661 long
End point: 54.5825 lat, -3.3743 long

After the beck the track will lead you to a popular bench with a view – my favourite bench. It is well-worth pausing here to enjoy the views across the slopes and down to the lake. When you have finished here, continue on the path ahead. The path leads you to a wide wooden gate. Pass through this to reach a stone track on the open moorland.

Moorland Gate to Right Turn
Moorland Gate to Right Turn

Start point: 54.5825 lat, -3.3743 long
End point: 54.5901 lat, -3.3826 long

Continue ahead on the stone track. On the fringes of the Lake District now, the track heads across open moorland towards Fangs Brow. Follow the track for about 1km to reach a wide gate on the right with a fingerpost.

Right Turn to Hudson Place
Right Turn to Hudson Place

Start point: 54.5901 lat, -3.3826 long
End point: 54.5877 lat, -3.3702 long

Turn right at this junction and head down towards Iredale Place. The path heads downhill and bears right to pass Iredale Place and Jenkinson Place (on your left), now on a track. Beyond Jenkinson Place, follow the path across fields, passing a line of ancient hawthorn trees on your left to arrive at Hudson Place.

Hudson Place to Holme Wood
Hudson Place to Holme Wood

Start point: 54.5877 lat, -3.3702 long
End point: 54.5843 lat, -3.3655 long

From Hudson Place turn right on the access lane then left to join the stone track. The track leads you past the foot of Loweswater on your left to reach the entrance gate for Holme Wood.

Holme Wood to Woodland Exit
Holme Wood to Woodland Exit

Start point: 54.5843 lat, -3.3655 long
End point: 54.5782 lat, -3.3534 long

Enter the woodland and you have a choice of paths. There is a wide path through the middle of the woodland, but I would recommend using the narrower path along the lake shore. You will pass the small stone bothy hut, which was once a fish hatchery and is now managed by the National Trust and is available for hire as very basic accommodation. You will emerge from the woodland near the head of Loweswater.

Woodland Exit to End
Woodland Exit to End

Start point: 54.5782 lat, -3.3534 long
End point: 54.5773 lat, -3.3404 long

Follow the track, leading you through the fields and passing Water Gate Farm across to your right. Stay with the track through the fields and this will lead you directly back to the car park at Maggie’s Bridge where the walk began.

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