Loweswater is tucked away on the western fringes of the Lake District and is one of the least visited lakes in the area.  Despite being close to the coast, the lake drains inland, emptying to the sea via Crummock Water and the River Derwent.  This makes the geography rather unusual, as the head of the lake is an insignificant watershed, whereas the foot of the lake is rooted in the Lakeland fells, with Mellbreak in particular looking impressive.

The Fangs Brow road passes along the north side of the lake and although there are parking spaces at the west and east ends of the lake there is no access to the lakeside.  On the south side of the lake, there is a National Trust woodland – Holme Wood – and a pleasant lakeside path which leads to the Holme Wood bothy  which can be rented from the National Trust.  Within the wood and slightly uphill is the waterfall of Holme Force but unfortunately we did not visit it this time, so something left for another visit.

Location and Parking

Postcode: CA13 0RU

There are two parking areas on the Fangs Brow road at the west end of the lake.  These are simply open spaces beside the road, so are easy to find.   The Loweswater car park can be reached by continuing beyond the east end of the lake and turning south down a narrow track (which did not appear on our sat-nav!) to reach a small car park.  From there a path leads to Holme Wood and the lakeside path.

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