The small but perfectly formed Loweswater is a short drive west from The Pheasant Inn but provides a stunning backdrop for one of our favourite walks. This Lake is less visited than some of its more well-known cousins and can often provide a bit of peace and quiet even on a busy summer's day.
Our preferred way to tackle Loweswater is to take a circular route which starts on the old 'coffin trail' which takes you on a gentle ascent above the lake, affording superb views of Loweswater and Crummock water beyond before returning along the lakeshore.
To start the walk, park (for free) by the road on the brow of the hill at Fangs Brow which about a mile or so from the village of Loweswater. There will be a few other cars parked and a gate with a wooden signpost pointing towards Loweswater. Go through the gate and walk up the track straight ahead of you. Resist the temptation to go over a ladder stile on your left – although don't worry you will get the chance to climb over it on the way back! The track gradually ascends and soon you will be huffing and puffing slightly but it will all be worth it when you catch a glimpse of Loweswater with Crummock beyond. After a short while you will come to another gate and ladder stile. Go through the gate (or over the stile if you are feeling energetic) and take the path veering to your left. Keep walking on this path and you are soon on a gorgeous grassy terrace overlooking Loweswater.
Keep following this path straight on as it ascends through the trees away from the lake itself and cross over a small beck. Here the path turns left as you make your way back towards the lake. After a while, the path leads you through a farm and you join the path following the shoreline of the Loweswater. Keep following this path until you come to a rustic camping hut with a very inviting swing over the edge of the water. Here the path splits and take the one to your left which leads through the woods and gradually ascends as you head away from the lake. Keep following the path through fields, though more gates and you will eventually see the ladder stile you saw when you first started the walk. Climb over the stile and join up with the path you started on as you head back to your car.
The walk takes about 2-3 hours and is ideal for any time of year. Although in the summer, when the surrounding fells are reflected into the water as still as a mill pond, we think there are few better places in the world to be.