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Loweswater is a lake in the Lake District National Park next to Crummock Water. The lake lies immediately to the north of the village of Loweswater and is fed by the River Lort and its tributaries. It is approximately 1 mile (1.6km) east of Buttermere village, in a valley with a narrow outlet to Buttermere Moss. The National Trust owns the lake and forms part of the Lake District National Park.

Showcasing the beauty of Loweswater
Couple taking in the view on the banks of Loweswater

Wordsworth visited Loweswater

Loweswater is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) long from north to south and about 1 mile (1.6 km) wide at its widest point, although it is shallow at less than 10 feet (3 m) deep. The Lake District poet William Wordsworth wrote about his visits to Loweswater in his autobiographical work The Prelude (1805–1850).

Loweswater Walk through Holm wood
Loweswater walk

Walk suitable for all.

We recommend walking on the western shore of Loweswater and taking in the stunning lake views. During the walk, you will glimpse the surrounding fells, such as Mellbreak, Grasmoor, Burnbank and Carling Knott. A popular 4km walk starts at Maggie’s Bridge car park on the A591 road, just past Loweswater village, heading east towards Watergate Farm. Moreover, this walk would be suitable for young children and dogs and accessible for wheelchairs.

Westgate farm

Walk through Holme Wood

The path is easy to follow from here and goes through Holme Wood. Showcasing many wildflowers in the spring and summer, conkers, acorns and mushrooms in the Autumn. There are stunning views across Loweswater as you go up to Watergate Farm. Passing by the National Trust Bothy, which is used as holiday accommodation.

National Trust Bothy

Stay in Loweswater

You may spot some grey herons and some grazing Belted Galloway on your way. The turning point of the walk is just at the edge of Holme Wood. If you feel more energetic, you can walk around the lake, which would be approximately 7 km. If you need refreshments, we recommend The Kirkstile Inn Loweswater, which serves a selection of Cumbrian Ales, including the renowned Loweswater gold and delicious hearty food. Furthermore, you can also stay at the Kirkstile Inn Loweswater; to check prices click here.

Belted Galloway