Call us biased but here at the Pheasant Inn, we believe the Western Lake District to be the most naturally beautiful part of our National Park. We have our pick of every Lake District draw card - staggering mountains, rugged coastline, rolling green valleys and of course, the lakes, tarns and reservoirs that give the area its famous name. Why not take a tour of our rippling waters on your next stay at the Pheasant – you’ll find a great range of walks and activities around the Western Lakes.
Loweswater sits in the far west of the Lake District in the Vale of Lorton. What this lake lacks in size (it’s one mile long and half a mile wide, one of the smallest in the Lake District), Loweswater makes up for with tranquility and local wildlife - red squirrels can often be spotted in the coniferous trees around the water. Loweswater is a great circular walking route; park at Fangs Brow and follow the public bridleway signs for a beautiful terrace walk with pit stop benches to enjoy the scenery. At the walk’s highest point you may even spot the Isle of Man in the distance.
Directly below lies Crummock Water, not as sleepy as Loweswater but still quiet enough for a peaceful picnic and even a paddle or wild swim off the shingled beach! Crummock Water is accessed via the B5289 from Cockermouth and there are lots of parking spots leading to walking routes near the lake. Park at Buttermere and set out on the 2.5 mile walk to Scale Force - the highest waterfall in the Lake District.
Then it’s on to Buttermere, the jewel in the crown of the Western Lakes with its winning combination of dramatic fells, lush woodland and picture perfect waters. The lakeshore path around Buttermere is a great three-hour walk dotted with picnic spots and refreshments. For a more adventurous route top or tail your lakeside walk with a hike up the iconic Haystacks, Alfred Wainwright’s favourite fell. He famously said: “For a man trying to get a persistent worry out of his mind, the top of Haystacks is a wonderful cure”, and his ashes were scattered on Haystacks after his death in 1991.
Finally, further west, around 30 minutes from The Pheasant Inn is Ennerdale Water, a remote escape from the busier Lake District attractions with the clearest water in the county. The glacial lake is surrounded by Scandinavian-style landscapes and its circular walk can take up to four hours across craggy paths. With only three buildings in five miles, Ennerdale holds the title of the wildest place in the Lake District – turn your mobile off and experience complete isolation from everyday life.
We haven’t even got started on western Cumbria’s amazing coastline and pretty towns - watch this space for more guides to the west as we celebrate the heritage of our surrounding area. Come and stay with us and explores the Western Lakes - just click here to book…