Mountains and woods reflected in a mirror-like lake

Loweswater is a peaceful little lake with a specially upgraded accessible footpath as part of the Miles Without Stiles project. It is unique in that it is the only Lake District lake where the water flows back into the park and away from the sea.

Circular Walk

There is a circular walk around the lake which follows the lake shore and makes its way through Holme Wood - a small mixed woodland which runs down the south west side of Loweswater, and is populated by deer and red squirrels. In the wood is Holme Force - a waterfall of great beauty, which is rarely visited as it is not noticeable from the lakeside path. It's local name is 'the grey mare's tail'.

Stay for the weekend

Right on the lakeshore in Holme Wood is a little stone bothy. This is a National Trust camping barn, heated by open fire which you can rent out for a short break in the wilds. Wake up with a coffee on the beach as the sun comes up, or sip a glass of wine while doing some star-gazing. It's simple, but beautiful.

Something to eat and drink

The hamlet of Loweswater is the home to Kirkstile Inn which provides traditional pub meals and bed and breakfast accommodation. The inn is surrounded by woodland and fells, and is only half a mile away from both Loweswater and Crummock lakes. 

Care Project

We have been working with the local community to work out why Loweswater suffers from more 'nutrient enrichment' than other lakes in the valley. You might notice ultrasound buoys floating out in the lake. Powered by solar panels, this is an experiment to see if ultrasound waves can break up the algal blooms which sometimes form.