Corpse Road and tumuli walk

Highnook, Cumbria

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High Nook farm hay meadows © Mark Astley

High Nook farm hay meadows

Holme Force waterfall cascading over rocks © Paul Delaney

Holme Force waterfall cascading over rocks

Loweswater Reflections © Paul Delaney

Loweswater Reflections

Route overview

Get under the skin of the Cumbrian landscape on this trail through a patchwork of natural and archaeological features. See a traditional farm, walk along an ancient Corpse Road and discover evidence of human activity dating from the Bronze Age to the Second World War.

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Route map of Highnook, Cumbria Corpse and Tumili walk
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Start: Maggie's Bridge car park, grid ref: NY134210

  1. Start at Maggies Bridge car park in Loweswater. Go through the gate opposite and follow the track up to High Nook farm, where you will see fine examples of traditional Cumbrian farm buildings.

    Show/HideHigh Nook Farm Buildings and Hay Meadows

    High Nook is a working farm featuring traditional architecture typical of the Lakeland style. We have worked with the local tenant farmer to preserve the historic hay meadows here. Watch out for farm vehicles and machinery and keep dogs under close control.

    High Nook farm hay meadows © Mark Astley
  2. Leave the farmyard through the gate and bear slightly left. Follow this wide gravel track up towards High Nook Tarn and take the path veering right.

  3. You are now on part of the Corpse Road which leads from Buttermere to Lamplugh church, and onwards to St Bees Priory. Follow this parallel to the wall and be sure to take in the great views when a gap in the woodland appears.

  4. Go through a small gate in the woodland wall and follow the steep, narrow downhill track. When you reach a wider forestry track, turn left.

  5. Its worth pausing here to look at Holme Force waterfall and the single span stone bridge which crosses Holme Beck. Follow the forest track downwards until you meet another intersecting track.

    Show/HideHolme Force waterfall

    The waterfall at Holme Force can be a particularly spectacular sight after rain, when Holme Beck is in spate.

    Holme Force waterfall cascading over rocks © Paul Delaney
  6. Follow the narrow track towards the lakeshore and turn right. You will come across a rectangular platform on your left. This dates from the Second World War, when cables were stretched across the lake, with the intention of thwarting any German sea-planes attempting to land here.

    Show/HideLoweswater lake

    Beautiful views of Loweswater can be seen from an opening in the woodland at direction point 6. Great crested grebes, tufted ducks and cormorant are amongst the many birds to be seen around the lake. The woods also contain a healthy population of red squirrels.

    Loweswater Reflections © Paul Delaney
  7. As you near the Bothy (our camping barn) you may notice two burial mounds near the path. Continue out of the woods and across the hay meadows back to the car park.

End: Maggie's Bridge car park, grid ref: NY134210

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 3.6 miles (5.8km)
  • Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger 90; Explorer O4
  • Terrain:

    Varying terrain with a gradual climb to High Nook, paths can be slippery when wet and suitable footwear and clothing is recommended. The route is not suitable for pushchairs. Dogs welcome under close control, but please do not allow your dog to foul on paths and around picnic areas. No bins provided - please take all litter, including dog waste, home.

  • How to get here:

    By train: Nearest station is Penrith - 28.8 miles (46.3km)
    By road: From Keswick by either Newlands pass or Honister pass. From Cockermouth by B5289 via Lorton
    By bike: The Coast to Coast cycleway passes close to the start of the route

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