Loweswater

Loweswater is regarded as one of the smaller lakes in the English Lake District. Loweswater is also the name of a village at the foot of the lake, where one can find the Kirkstile Inn.

The lake is not too far from Cockermouth and is also easily reached from elsewhere in West Cumbria. The group of fells situated to the south of Loweswater is known as the Loweswater Fells and consists of Mellbreak, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell, Hen Comb and Burnbank Fell. North of the lake lies the Fellbarrow range.

The lake is an oddity in the radial drainage pattern of the Lake District in draining towards the centre of the District: its outfall, Dub Beck, becomes Park Beck and runs east or south-east into the north end of Crummock Water, near to that lake’s exit. By way of the River Cocker and River Derwent, Loweswater’s contents eventually discharge into the sea at Workington.

The immediate vicinity of Loweswater is very genteel and consists mainly of rolling hillland, in contrast to the rocky mountains found elsewhere in the Lake District (though Mellbreak, part of the Loweswater Fells, is steep and craggy).

Loweswater remains relatively untouched by tourism, and as such is much quieter than the neighbouring lakes, Buttermere and Crummock Water. However, there is a popular lakeside path, which goes right round the lake. The southern side of the lake is the site of Holme Wood, a small forest. Within this forest is Holme Force, a waterfall of great beauty, which disappointingly is rarely visited as it is not noticeable from the lakeside path. A road follows the northern side of the lake, which links the A5086 with the Lorton Vale.

Loweswater is under the ownership of the National Trust. Rowing boats can be rented but use of one’s own boat is not allowed on the lake. Recently the National Trust have done much work on the northern side of the lakeside path, cutting down trees to improve the views across the lake.
Each year Loweswater is home to the Loweswater show, which features traditional Cumbrian sports and has competitions for farmers’ produce.

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