A Loweswater Circuit with Father John

Name of walk A Loweswater Circuit with Father John
Date of walk 2014-08-14

On Thursday I drove to the presbytery of St. Joseph’s, Cockermouth to go walking with Fr. John Inglis, who was up for his annual two week holiday, covering the weekend services in the Keswick parish for Fr. Tom Singleton. John used to stay in Keswick, which was very handy for walking, but the priest’s accommodation has now been moved to Cockermouth (see previous post). Today we would do a leisurely walk around Loweswater. A walk of just over six miles. I parked at Lanthwaite Wood car park, which is National Trust and free to members. Maggie’s Bridge car park is both nearer and free, but small and it can get very busy. If we parked there our return journey would not pass the pub! No contest! Lanthwaite Wood it is! We pass Roger Hiley’s Cottage, but no sound of the dogs Harry and Dylan, and then head for the lake path.


The clouds were well down on all the surrounding mountains, so it was just as well that we were going to do a low level walk.


Mellbreak with cloud on the top.


We took the path through Maggie's Bridge car park and headed for the lake. View across Loweswater to Low Fell.


Lake view.


You can hire this little hut to stay in.


Ominous black clouds over Whiteside and Grasmoor.



We sat on a bench and ate a chocolate biscuit bar. John seems to have an endless supply!


When the sun peeks out from behind a cloud it makes a world of difference.




A cow and her calves.


A load of bull.


I think we are lucky to be in the sunshine and not the rain



A sleepy calf.


The bull has rather sad floppy ears.


He is very beefy!


Crossing the far end of the lake via the fields onto the road. We stopped for lunch on a bench on the east side of the lake. John had kindly made sandwiches and coffee for us both, plus fruit and a Snickers bar.


Looking across to Mellbreak, Hen Comb and Black Crag.


It took John five minutes to get his leg up this high!


Mellbreak again.


Hen Comb and Black Crag again.


Carling Fell. We had seen very few people on our walk around the lake. I bet the Buttermere lake walk must have been packed with people!


We stopped for a drink at the Kirkstile Inn before heading back to my car. I had a half of Grasmoor.

The walk, which included lunch and the stop off at the pub, took us about four hours and twenty minutes. Another excellent little walk. Very easy for gentlemen with aching leg muscles! 🙂

I took John back to the presbytery and stopped for a coffee before the drive back home. The weather had stayed dry all day until I hit the side of Windermere when it poured down, reminiscent of Florida weather. I could drive no faster than 10-20mph. Then as soon as I reached Newby Bridge it was sunshine again. Hopefully John and I will do another walk on Monday, somewhere a little higher!