In a quiet part of the Western Lakes stands a small wood on the south west bank of Loweswater. A little autumnal afternoon light strikes the fells of Whiteside and Grasmoor far down the length of the water and then on some. The beautiful scene lasts for just a few minutes before it's gone, replaced by overcast grey, the fells once again black and ominous. The biting wind rustles the trees above our heads but doesn't bother us. Bracken still a little green sheltered by the woods. Little Jenny Wren flits through the exposed roots of a tree seemingly oblivious to a human and dog; maybe she is too busy preparing for the onslaught of a winter that is already making itself felt this November day. Wood smoke from a mountaineers hut hidden in the woods lingers. Many more fires will be lit in its grate before the warmth of summer returns, it feels a long way off.
Holme Wood is National Trust land, well spaced largely deciduous trees allow a lush undergrowth of blackberry brambles and bracken. A well graded gravel path makes an easy walk even if the approach track is rather rough in places.
Park at the north western end of Loweswater where a large informal lay by serves a telephone box.
Continue to the north western end of the parking area, away from the water, and turn left through the new pedestrian gate signposted "public footpath".
Follow the path beside the hedge and a little way down the field turn right through a gap in the hedge, and through a gate. Continue on the path bearing left to cross the bridge with a gate, and then along the gravel path to the tarmac driveway.
Bear left to Hudson Place farm.
Reaching the farm continue ahead below the farmhouse and buildings, turn left to a gate marked with a footpath sign. Go through the gate and into the rough lane.
As the lane opens out to a field bear right on the path to the gate into Holme Wood. Go through the gate. After 100m (110 yards) the gravel path is well graded, bear left to drop down to follow a narrower path nearer the water's edge. Follow this to the mountaineering hut.
Reaching the hut bear right and then right again to return along the wide path to the entrance gate.
From the gate follow the path back into the lane, and at the farm bear right along the driveway.
Dropping back down the slope where the road turns left, bear right through the gate and follow the path back across the bridge with the gate and through the fields to the road, and parking area.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Burnbank Fell, Holme Force and the woods||same start point|
|Gavel Fell and Blake Fell from Maggie's Bridge, Loweswater||2.2km (1.3 miles) away|
|Mellbreak and Scale Force||2.8km (1.8 miles) away|
|Hen Comb from Loweswater village||2.9km (1.8 miles) away|
|Lanthwaite Wood and Crummock Water||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|Fellbarrow from Thackthwaite, Lorton Vale||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|The Grasmoor Six Wainwright Fells||4.4km (2.7 miles) away|
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