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Loweswater

Loweswater is a secret, and there’s plenty of other good stuff to read on this site so I’ll see you on those pages. Bye.

Like I said, this alternative post’s great – family hike

Still here? What about this one on Derwent Water

Okay, you seem keen, so I’ll let you into a few Loweswater secrets. 

Firstly, Loweswater is cute. And it’s unique, being the only lake that drains towards the centre of the Lake District. It drains into Crummock and then out via the River Cocker to Cockermouth. I told the kids this last time we were there and they stared at me blankly as usual.

Loweswater, and its buddy Ennerdale, are the last two lakes heading west towards the delights of Frizington and Distington. You may run into people from Frizington and Distington, if you do, don’t be scared they are usually friendly unless startled.

Peace and quiet are the words I’d like to use to describe Loweswater, or quiet and peace but that’s not quite as good.

Here’s a few walks that I like.

The Walks
For these walks you can park at Maggie’s Bridge but I always prefer to park at Kirkstile Inn for reason that will become obvious if you read on.

Holme Wood

This is a short walk through the wood with good paths along the lake shore. There’s a great waterfall, Holme Force, but you’ll have to hunt around the wood for a bit to find it. It’s not that difficult since you need a beck for a waterfall and there’s only one.

Loweswater Circuit

An almost completely flat walk though Holme Wood and back round. It does involved about 10 minutes of road walking on a twisty road.

Carling Knott Loop

This is a little bit more strenuous but for the effort the views over Loweswater and Grasmoor are great. If you’re taking the kids you’ll need a couple of Haribo stops.

Mellbreak

Right up the front of Mellbreak is quite an exhilarating walk, when I say exhilarating I mean knackering. It’s one of my favourite climbs.

Hen Comb

Walk up Hen Comb in February and you will know what loneliness really is.

Mellbreak, Hen Comb, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell and Burnbeck Fell

If you want something more substantial, try this and get five Wainwrights in one.

Loweswater is the Spiritual Home of Loweswater Gold
Walking and tranquility are one thing, but there’s another attraction – Loweswater Gold. Loweswater Gold is a great beer and it was once brewed in a brewery at Kirkstile Inn. If I was a professional beer taster I would be using words like ‘woody’ or ‘oaky’ but I’m not so you’ll have to settle for ‘gets you drunky.’ If you’re in the Lake District and you fancy an alcoholic beverage, you need to try Loweswater Gold, even better go to Loweswater and try it in its spiritual home.

On a sunny day, after a walk up Mellbreak, a pint of Loweswater Gold sitting on a table in the beer garden outside the Kirkstile Inn is what you want to see.

Get your own.

Kirkstile Inn
According to their website they have ‘one of the most famous bars in the Lake District, and one of the greatest beer gardens.’ I like humility, and being one of the best looking and intelligent men in The Lake District I know you’ll value my opinion when I confirm this extravagant statement.

If you love Loweswater so much and would like to stay a little longer, here’s where to go.

Holme Wood Bothy

I’ve stayed in a few bothies but this one is one of the best. I don’t really need to say much because I’ve included this photo of the view from the window. Bring your own canoe and when the sun comes up, get out there onto the lake. It’s a bucket list experience.

That’s Loweswater, now…

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