Lands around Loweswater

  • Peaceful and tranquil afternoon stroll
  • Sticks close to the shoreline
  • Hire a rowing boat for the day

Before this walk, which I did in 2011, I had never even driven past Loweswater let alone got out the car and walked its shores. It is slightly off the beaten track (most drivers heading up to Buttermere) but appears to have some loyal admirers. Mist greeted a number of walkers on the far shoreline although I am not convinced they appreciated it.

It is only 4 miles for the circuit but the path sticks close to the lake for most of the way and compares well with some of the other smaller lakes. The lake itself is quiet and peaceful; there are a handful of rowing boats for hire from the National Trust, even a small bothy for hire, and I am assured it is a good spot for bird watchers. The walk through the woods on the south side of the lake is obvious and easy to follow; however the O/S map does not show a track on the north shore, there is one for most of the distance and very welcome it is too.

Recommend: Have a look for the pretty waterfall of Holme Force in the woods to the south

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Loweswater map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West Buy Map
Start Point: NY 136210. There is free NT parking at Maggies Bridge but I prefer walking the extra 1/2 mile and parking at the Kirkstile Inn.
Height to Climb: 10 ms (33 feet)
Terrain: Easy paths and some road walking. There is a path on the north side between the lake and the road.
Eating & Drinking: The Kirkstile Inn in Loweswater is one of the best and most traditional Lake District inns and it has its own micro brewery.
Similar Walks Nearby: Walk around Buttermere
Circuit of Ennerdale
Mellbreak & Crummock Water
Places to Stay:


Scale Hill Cottages, Buttermere