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Loweswater

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


The lake is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) long from north to south and about 1 mile (1.6 km) wide at its widest point, but 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).


We recommend walking beside Loweswater and taking in the stunning views of the lake and 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.


The path is easy to follow from here and goes through Holme Wood with lots of wildflowers in the spring and summer, cockers, acorns and mushrooms in the Autumn. There are good views across Loweswater as you make your way up to Watergate Farm and then passed the National Trust Bothy, which is used as holiday accommodation.

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.