If I lived in the Lake District, and maybe had a dog, I reckon a walk around Loweswater would be my daily go-to. Not too long. Decent paths. And with a good dose of mountains surrounding it.
It’d be easy to plonk Loweswater in the same group as Grasmere and Rydal Water. A small lake perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll. But, like Brothers Water, it has a certain charm which elevates it to a more premium class.
It takes a little more effort to get there for a start, lying to the west of the Lake District and accessible only from minor roads. But that doesn’t stop it from being popular, and its appeal is no secret.
I tacked this short walk on to my morning’s adventure around Ennerdale Water. It’s nice to explore two different valleys in one day and Loweswater’s setting is arguably no less dramatic than its wilder cousin. There’s an inviting view of Fleetwith Pike towering over the Honister Pass and the hulked masses of Mellbreak and Grasmoor nearby.
I parked in a layby towards the top end of the lake and headed anti-clockwise towards the highlight of the circuit – the bridleway through Holme Wood. A delightful path wends its way through the trees in their autumnal livery. It’s my favourite time of year in the Lake District as things start to slow down for the winter months.
As you emerge from the woodland path, it crosses a field with glorious views of Mellbreak. You’ll pass a small car park before joining a minor track which soon meets the main road.
Choices to make
The most direct route takes you along the road back to the car. There’s no path but it’s quiet enough if you take care.
A longer option is to turn right for approximately 100m before taking the minor road towards Foulsyke. Here you’ll find a footpath which skirts the flanks of the hillside before climbing up and over Low Fell to Darling Fell.
I didn’t try this option so can’t comment on what it’s like on the ground (great consumer advice this huh)?! But what I can tell you is the map promises a cracking view along Crummock Water into the heart of the Lake District. Although the views look promising, the going is up and down so be prepared for a bit of work to earn your view.
Finally there’s the hybrid option, which is the one I went for. Turn left and follow the road for just over a kilometre and look out for a track on the right signposted ‘Mosser unfit for cars’. The reason for this advice soon becomes apparent as the track climbs and the surface breaks up. The views are hidden by the trees and immediate landscape but you gain a little height from where you can gaze down to Loweswater below.
So although views across to Crummock remain hidden, I reckon you could make a fine mini triathlon out of it. Mountain bike from Mosser to Loweswater, walk (or run) around the lake and have a dip in the water on the way back.
Or maybe just grab the lead for the ultimate dog walk around Loweswater!
Highs and Lowdown
Start / Finish: While there is a small car park, it’s down a narrow lane and quite tight. Better to park in one of the lay-bys on the main road
Distance: 3.7 miles (6 km)
Terrain: Very good
*These routes and descriptions are only ever intended to be a personal record of my adventures, which may inspire your own. Hillwalking involves a degree of risk, so please make sure you are properly equipped and prepared if you choose to follow them.