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Sheep grazing by Loweswater copyright Charlie Hedley

Miles Without Stiles 26: Loweswater


Route type: For all. This is a lovely level walk in one of the quieter corners of the Lake District - OS Explorer Map OL4

Distance: 4 km or 2.5 miles

Start point: Maggie's Bridge car park - grid ref. NY 134210

Facilities: None on route. The Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater village is the nearest place for toilets and refreshments.

Getting there: Car: B5292 from Cockermouth and B5289 through Low Lorton. Follow signs for Loweswater and turn right (grid ref. NY 138211), not signposted for Maggie's Bridge.


The route starts at the small car park at Maggie's Bridge (spaces for six to eight cars) and follows an excellent stone track to Watergate Farm. This is a tranquil and unspoilt corner of the Lake District. The views across Loweswater to the craggy southern slopes of Fellbarrow are probably unchanged for decades. Over your left shoulder is the steep and rocky northern end of Mellbreak, a reminder that the high fells around Buttermere are not that far away.

The track goes past the farm (ignore the short-cut over the grass) and through a gate into Holme Wood, taking you to the lakeshore. The route is now fully accessible for wheelchairs. There is a small stream to cross before you reach a small lakeshore bothy. This is a beautiful place to stop and rest and take in the peacefulness of the surroundings.

A new path continues past the bothy and alongside the shoreline for 0.5 km or 0.3 miles. It rejoins the main track just before the gate at the end of Holme Wood. Use this to return to Watergate Farm.

The path beyond here is too rough for wheelchairs but walkers could  continue on past Hudson Place to the road. A right turn will lead you back along the western shore of Loweswater, on tarmac roads, to complete a fantastic little circuit.


Map - Loweswater route