How many times have you driven along the road from Lorton to Loweswater past Scale Hill and this little woodland amongst the lush green fields of the vale on the way to the fells, yet have never stopped to explore?
Leaving the car park there is an easy but rough track that descends through mixed woodland of widely spaced conifers and birches to an unexpected shingle beach where you can see south east along the length of Crummock Water to the fells of the High Stile range in the distance. It's a beautiful spot.
Exploring further, there are two weirs and a number of bridges one of which is a sort of a suspension bridge, or at least it's braced with a tensioned wire rope. Continuing further along the track you come to a boat house on the shore. From here the view is eastwards across to Mellbreak and round to the Loweswater Fells. There is plenty of scope for exploring the woods with many paths and tracks.
Park at the National Trust car park at Lanthwaite Wood on the side of Scale Hill, between Lorton and Loweswater.
If you need accommodation we have details of 14 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk through the car park and go through the gate at the end. A good wide track if a little rough is beyond, follow it. Keep right at junctions all the way to the little beach on the shore of Crummock Water.
The view from the beach is down the water, Rannerdale Knotts is the small pyramid fell slightly isolated from the rest. To the right is Red Pike and the High Stile ridge. With the sun behind them they look dark, dramatic and imposing.
Over to your right are two weirs and an intriguing little suspension bridge that are worth a little exploration. Return to the beach when you are done.
Back at the beach return to the main track and turn right to continue south east above the shore to your right. Follow the track, now gradually petering to a wide path, again keeping right, to the boathouse and another small beach.
Across the water are the dark crags of Mellbreak, one people either find formidable or exciting! To the right are the Loweswater group of fells. Further round you can see the southern tops of Fellbarrow complete with a white-washed farm house to give the scene some scale.
Returning to the car park you can simply walk back along the track or explore a little further, as we did.
At the path junction just above the boathouse turn sharp right onto the upper pathway. Follow this as it swings left, and then left again. Joining another track, turn left to descend gently and gradually swing right, eventually meeting the outward track, and on to the car park.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Hen Comb from Loweswater village||0.7km (0.4 miles) away|
|Mellbreak and Scale Force||0.9km (0.6 miles) away|
|The Grasmoor Six Wainwright Fells||1.2km (0.7 miles) away|
|Gavel Fell and Blake Fell from Maggie's Bridge, Loweswater||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Fellbarrow from Thackthwaite, Lorton Vale||2.4km (1.5 miles) away|
|A stroll to Holm Wood beside Loweswater||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|Burnbank Fell, Holme Force and the woods||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|Grasmoor via Lad Howes ridge||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
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