Loweswater Accessible Walk

Further Details

Route Summary:

Accessible to all, this short loop follows picturesque lakeside trails and woodland paths.

Route Start Location: Loweswater

3.71 km 64 m 1 hour

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Accessible Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


The Kirkstile Inn is a short stroll from the car park.


Loweswater lake, along with many other lakes across the country, has been found to contain blue-green algae. The algae can be toxic for people, dogs and livestock. To be on the safe side, it’s best to avoid going into Loweswater lake as well as stopping dogs from swimming or drinking the water.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : CA13 0RU

Maggie’s Bridge National Trust Car Park. Grid Reference NY 134210

Parking Post Code for Sat Nav: CA13 0RU, approx. only. When approaching Loweswater village from the north, take the right hand turning approximately 200 metres before the village hall. Maggie’s Bridge car park is at the end of the lane.

Public Transport:


Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Loweswater Accessible Walk Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Loweswater Accessible Walk

This easy Lake District walk starts just outside of Loweswater village in the Western corner of the Lake District, the route crosses farming fields to reach the shore of Loweswater lake. A well-defined trail loops through Holme Wood, offering spectacular views of the lake and surrounding fells.

As part of the Lake District National Park’s Miles Without Stiles, the walk is fully accessible for wheelchairs.

Loweswater Circular Walk Route Description

1 From Maggie’s Bridge car park, go through the swing gate to the right of the cattle grid. Keep right and continue along the wide gravel farming track, which bears around to the right.

Loweswater Accessible Walk

2 The easy to follow track runs between farming fields, with stunning views of Blake Fell and Burnbank Fell.

Loweswater Accessible Walk

3 Continue through a series of wooden gates. Loweswater lake eventually comes into view.

4 With the lake on your right hand side, continue following the track as it bears around to the right and past Watergate Farm to reach a wooden gate. Go through the gate and into Holme Wood. Keep a look out for deer and red squirrels hiding amongst the trees.

5 The lakeside trail continues through the woods to reach a footbridge.

Loweswater Accessible Walk

6 Go across the bridge and at the junction, take the right hand fork.

Loweswater Accessible Walk

7 Continue past the National Trust stone bothy, with great views across the lake.

8 Keep right. The trail narrows slightly and continues to weave through the woods, following the shoreline of the lake.

Loweswater Accessible Walk

9 Go across the footbridge.

Loweswater Accessible Walk

10 The path bears around to the left to reach a junction.

11 Turn left. The well-defined footpath runs through the woods to another footbridge.

Loweswater Accessible Walk

12 Go across the bridge and continue straight ahead, passing the National Trust bothy on your left to return to the wooden gate at the edge of the woods.

Loweswater Accessible Walk

13 Go through the gate and retrace your steps, following the farming track to return to the car park. There are wonderful views of Mellbreak, Grasmoor and the surrounding fells.

Based in the Lake District and with frequent trips to Snowdonia, Emma spends most days in the mountains. She splits her time between leading group hikes, volunteering with the National Trust, mountain biking, hiking with the dog and planning the next adventure.

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