Loweswater South

Map for Loweswater South This walk takes us along the southern shores of Loweswater, passing through Holme Wood, a good place to spot both deer and red squirrels, before returning along a hillside terrace that offers fantastic views towards Whiteside and Grasmoor.

Ascent: 880ft
Length: 5.3 miles
Map: The English Lakes - North Western Area (OS Explorer Map Active) (OS Explorer Map Active)
Last Walked: Spring 2010

We start in the National Trust car park at Maggie's Bridge. This is not signposted from the road that runs alongside Loweswater, but can be found by turning right onto the first road after the lake (when heading south), signposted as a bridle way, or by taking the second left after the phone box when heading north (not including the turn at the phone box).

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Turn right out of the car park onto a good farm track, and follow it as it runs towards Loweswater, running parallel to the lake for a distance before approaching Watergate Farm.
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Grasmoor seen across Loweswater At the farm we can either follow the track as it passes the farm and then turned right, or cut across the grass to the right. In either case this brings us to the edge of Holme Wood. Follow the track as it runs into the woods. After a short distance a path leaves to the right, running along the lake shore. Follow this track, which passes the small National Trust bothy (available as a holiday let).

Just before we reach the far end of the wood this path brings us back to the track - turn right and follow it out of the wood, and through the next few fields to Hudson Place.

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Path between Loweswater and Hudson PlaceAt Hudson Place follow the track as it passes to the right of the buildings. Just past the last building, turn left onto a signposted footpath. Follow this path as it runs across the field next to Hudson Place, cross the next wall, and then turn right. The path runs along the right-hand side of the next two fields, before turning into a clearer track in the third field. Follow this track past Jenkinson Place, and towards Iredale Place.
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Just before Iredale Place the track splits in two, with one branch heading down to the farm and the other climbing up and to the left. Take this second track.
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This track climbs up towards a small rocky outcropping. Continue on along the path past this outcropping, and all the way to a T-junction with another track. Turn left onto this track.
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Terrace Path on Burnbank Fell At first this track runs along the boundary between smaller improved fields to the left and larger wilder fields to the right. After just over a third of a mile it begins to climb more steeply, following the line of a stone wall (to the left). After about a quarter of a mile the track passes through a gate (where the wall swaps from the left to right hand side of the track).

Here the track turns left and splits in two. Take the clearer left-hand track, which soon leads us onto a terrace that runs along the lower slopes of Burnbank Fell and Carling Knott, with Holme Wood to the left. Follow this track as it runs along the entire southern flank of the wood, and then drops down towards Highnook Beck

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HighnookThe direct route back to our starting point continues on along our track as it crosses the beck, curves dramatically to the left and drops down past High Nook Farm and back to the car park. Before following this track it is well worth taking a moment to climb up to the unnamed tarn below Black Crag, leaving the track to the right just after crossing the beck.

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