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Loweswater circular walk including Holme Force

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Loweswater for us is a place of pure beauty. Firstly it has amazing routes around, both low and high level walks. Secondly, for the surrounding Wainwrights that are easily accessible from Loweswater. And thirdly, for its pure beauty. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the bigger lakes in the Lake District, but still enjoy nature at its best, then this is the perfect place.

Facts of Loweswater

Loweswater is owned of course by the National Trust. And each year it holds its own Loweswater show, which has traditional Cumbrian sports. It sounds amazing but we haven’t yet been to one.

Loweswater is located on the western side of the Lake District. It is easy to get from Cockermouth and much quieter than the other tourist places of Buttermere, Ullswater and Derwent Water. Not to mention Windermere. So if you’re after a quiet walk or just some time out then Loweswater is the place to go.

And of course, you can still climb multiple Wainwrights from Loweswater too, but we’ll get to them later. These include the Loweswater Fells.

Location of Loweswater for a perfect walk

Follow the A66 to Cockermouth and then take the turning onto the A5086. This is a roundabout with the premier Inn on it, first exit. Going past the entrance to the Premier Inn at Cockermouth continue down the A5086.

Soon you’ll see a turning on the left-hand side, with a signpost stating Loweswater and Mockerkin. This road is pretty straight until you turn a bend. This will bring you to a little junction where you want to turn left. Again signed posted for Loweswater Lake. Continue down here being careful as with a lot of roads in the Lake District, it soon gets narrower.

Keeping an eye out you’ll soon see Loweswater coming into view and the parking on the right-hand side. It looks like a huge lay by. There is also some parking at the other end of Loweswater. If you want to park here then continue all the way to the end of Loweswater. There will be a small turning on the right-hand side which will lead you down to a small car park at Maggie’s Bridge. There is a very small signpost for this one so be on the lookout.

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Many walking routes around Loweswater

Walking around Loweswater is one of those walks where you can just keep on going and going. Or simply have a wander and back to the car again. It is completely up to you. I’ve picked out my favourite walk for you. And included some of the other things to look out for too. Including Holme Force.

Circular route around Loweswater and Holme Force

Circular route around Loweswater
Circular route around Loweswater including Holme Force

This is the perfect walk-around Loweswater if you have a couple of hours spare in your day. The walk can begin at either end but for us, we start at the big lay by near Waterend. We will go through Holme Woods, take a look at Holme Force and then back our way to Maggies Bridge which is the eastern end of Loweswater.

Here you simply walk through the gate near the telephone box and then follow the path across the fields. It brings you out to another gate where you want to take the left turn at Hudson Place. You’ll see the gorgeous Loweswater in clear view from here too. Keep an eye out for the Herdwick Sheep grazing around too. This will have a slight incline and soon you’ll be entering the Holme Wood through another gate.

Zoe overlooking Loweswater from the swing rope
Zoe overlooking Loweswater from the swing rope
Hazel enjoying the swing rope near Loweswater
Hazel enjoying the swing rope on the shoreline of Loweswater

From here you take can take a leisurely walk through the woods. There are many trails through here. With the main one being straight through the middle. Be sure to take a look at the Loweswater lakeshore walk too. There is a swing rope on the shoreline near the National Trust bothy, which for us was the perfect way to take in the views over Loweswater itself. We spent a while just relaxing here. And on a clear day, you can see the Wainwrights of Grasmoor and Whiteside too.

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Heading up towards Holme Force

You can also take a detour up to Holme Force too. As I said before there are many paths leading around in Holme Wood. For children and adults alike it’s a fantastic place to lose yourself for a while. The paths heading towards Holme Force can be challenging with a sudden incline, but it will be worth it.

From entering Holme Woods we headed on the first right-hand turn heading upwards. This will bring you pretty simply around to Holme Force. For the beauty of it, it isn’t a well-visited waterfall at all in the Lake District. We’ve been a couple of times now and never really seen many people on the top paths. We are the kind of tourists that like to bag anything going, so a chance to tick off a waterfall and we’re there.

Holme Force near Loweswater
Holme Force near Loweswater
Holme force close up in Holme Wood
Holme force close up in Holme Wood

If you are like us and like ticking off the Waterfalls in the Lake District, or just want to see the top 10 walks. Then why not check out this cute little pocket-sized book. Take it on your travels wherever you go.

Walking on the top route in Holme Wood, south of Loweswater

We had a good old time here, taking some photos and just taking in the views of Holme Force. I’ve mentioned before about being in the woods and looking for wildlife too. So for us, we took some time out to be quiet and see if anything came into view. We could hear the distinct hammering of a woodpecker, but could we see it? We couldn’t.

Taking a walk through Holme Wood
Taking a walk through Holme Wood

Slowly but surely and very quietly making our way through Holme Wood our eyes bounced around. But the woodpecker would not show its face. We were, however, lucky enough to see a squirrel and a very happy robin. The bird song is angelic. We have on previous days when we’ve been higher in the woods seen some deer too. So take a wander around and see what you can spot. The higher you go, you can actually walk around the top line of Holme Wood.

Paths in Holme Wood, looking out for the Woodpecker
Paths in Holme Wood, looking out for the Woodpecker

We continued on the higher route through Holme Wood and then took the next detour back down to the main walk through Holme Wood. Again it is up to you. The woods themselves aren’t huge around Loweswater so you won’t, or shouldn’t get lost.

The paths in Holme Wood, trying not to get lost
The paths in Holme Wood, trying not to get lost

Walking on the main path through Holme Wood to Maggie’s Bridge

The reason we then came back down to the main route is so that we can then have views once more of Loweswater. You’ll most like catch a glimpse of some ducks or geese here too. Swimming along on Loweswater minding their own busy. On a day in spring, you can see the bluebells lining the woodland floor with a purple carpet too. Honestly, I love this place, and yes, you can climb multiple Wainwrights from Loweswater too. But we’ll get to that later.

Bluebells on the path with Loweswater in the background
Bluebells on the path with Loweswater in the background
Looking back onto Loweswater and Low Fell
Looking back onto Loweswater and Low Fell

There are also some lovely open banks overlooking Loweswater which is perfect for a picnic or a general well-earned break. You can also see Low Fell from the banks of Loweswater. Just one of the many Wainwright walks. Yes, I can’t wait to tell you about them.

Main path through Holme Wood
Main path through Holme Wood

Anyway, continue through Holme Wood towards Watergate Farm. This will bring you out of Holme Wood. This path itself will take you towards Maggie’s Bridge and Dub Beck, the other car park I mentioned.

Leaving Holme Wood
Leaving Holme Wood and overlooking Loweswater
Loweswater on the eastern side. Looking up to Low Fell on the left, and Whiteside on the right
Loweswater on the eastern side. Looking up to Low Fell on the left, and Whiteside on the right

From Maggie’s Bridge back to the car

So here again you have two options. I know, I do like options. So you can either re-trace your steps back through Holme Wood and towards the car. Or you can continue the way we did. For the circular route around Loweswater.

Looking back towards Holme Wood
Looking back towards Holme Wood with the Wainwrights in the background
Looking back up the small road to Maggie's Bridge car park
Looking back up the small road to Maggie’s Bridge car park

From Maggie’s Bridge, we head on up through the small car park and towards the road. Now some people aren’t fans of walking on roads, which is absolutely understandable. They can get tedious I agree. However, this path will soon head down towards the shoreline on the north side of Loweswater.

The footpath itself doesn’t stretch the whole length so there will be some walking on the road involved here. But it isn’t a busy road in the Lake District by any means. Again that’s why you also have the option to retrace your steps if you so wish.

Heading alongside Loweswater you will have to follow the road for a tiny bit. Soon though you’ll see that you can head down towards the shoreline. This will take you up and down a little bit. But the views back over Loweswater are again, incredible. There are also some well-placed rocks to take a seat on as well. Or lounge on uncomfortably haha.

Taking in the scenery of Loweswater and the surrounding Wainwrights
Taking in the scenery of Loweswater and the surrounding Wainwrights
Lounging on the rocks overlooking Loweswater
Lounging on the rocks overlooking Loweswater

Continue down the side of Loweswater back to the car

So for us, we just walked alongside the shore of Loweswater and then onto the road. The road will bring you back to the car park/lay by. Of course, the south walk around Loweswater is much more scenic and interesting than the north side but we like round trips.

We have, however, been a couple of times to just wander through Holme Wood and then back again. Like I say it is up to you but for the full circular route then that’s it. Shall we now get to the interesting facts, the Wainwrights?

Wainwright walks around Loweswater

OK, so I’ve been waiting for this. As you know we are Wainwright baggers, and so it is important to know if you’re in the area what potential Wainwrights you too, could bag.

A fantastic and yet slightly confusing Wainwright walk for us was Low Fell and Fellbarrow. The two bagging walk starts from Loweswater itself and again you can use either parking facilities. This is to the north of Loweswater.

Lowfell and Fellbarrow Walk
Low Fell and Fellbarrow Walk
Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell, Gavel Fell and Hen Comb
Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell, Gavel Fell and Hen Comb

To the south of Loweswater is a chance to have a pretty big day. The potential to bag another 5 Wainwrights. These Wainwrights being, Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell, Gavel Fell, Hen Comb, and Mellbreak. For us, it was another scorcher of a day and we missed out Mellbreak, We actually did that Wainwright with our Dad a little later on, on a gorgeous early morning walk. But again the route is a good one and the best place to park for this one is at Maggie’s Bridge.

We will later blog about these walks too so watch this space. I’m already excited to get typing more. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and of course if you have any stories of your own that you wish to share with us then drop a comment below. And I hope you have a lovely day at Loweswater yourself.

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