Lanthwaite Wood and Crummock Water walk

Walking trail

This walk is dominated by two spectacular views: the famous vista of the Buttermere fells seen over Crummock Water, and the dramatic rocky buttress of Grasmoor End, looming over the northern end of the lake.

Couple rest beside Crummock Water, Cumbria


Map route for Lanthwaite Wood and Crummock Water walk


Lanthwaite Wood National Trust car park, grid ref: NY149215


Leave the car park through the small gate at the far end from the road, turn right onto the footpath that runs alongside the River Cocker and follow it all the way to Crummock Water. After heavy rain this path can be quite wet - if this is the case, follow the forest track instead.


The path brings you to the source of the Cocker, and one of the district's best viewpoints. From here, follow the track running along the left-hand side of the lake through Lanthwaite Wood, followed by the very different High Wood.

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The lakeside path passes through two large fields after leaving High Wood, then enters a long narrow field filled with gorse bushes. Follow the path along the lake shore to the far end of this field, then turn left and follow the grassy path that climbs up to the higher side of the field. Turn left, staying inside the field, and follow the path that runs along the upper edge of all three fields back to High Wood.


At High Wood a gate leads onto a road. Cross this road, then head straight across the hillside, towards Grasmoor End (look for a suitable path through the bracken).


This brings you to a major path running across the hillside. Turn left onto this path and follow it all the way to Liza Beck where it emerges from Gasgale Gill, between Grasmoor and Whiteside.


Turn left at the beck, and head down the line of an old drainage ditch towards the Iron Age homestead (X marks the spot on the map), a series of sunken platforms between the ditch and Liza Beck. After exploring the homestead continue on in the same direction towards the road you crossed earlier.

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Turn right onto the road, then left onto the next signposted footpath running along a narrow lane between stone walls. Follow this to the edge of Lanthwaite Wood.


Just inside the woods, turn right onto a narrow footpath. This follows the edge of the wood, then climbs up onto Brackenthwaite Hows, once a famous 'viewing station'.

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Brackenthwaite Hows has two summits. Follow the path from the first to the second, then curve away to the left to follow a ridge that leads towards a stile leading into the woods. Follow the path as it drops down Dick Robins' Steps, and then onto a forestry track. Turn left onto this track, then right at the next junction to return to our starting point.

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Lanthwaite Wood National Trust car park, grid ref: NY149215

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Lanthwaite Wood and Crummock Water walk


Some rough or wet paths and two climbs - one across Lanthwaite Common and one onto Brackenthwaite Hows. Also steep steps down from Brackenthwaite Hows.

Dogs welcome under close control. Please do not allow your dog to foul on paths or around picnic areas. No bins provided - please take all litter, including dog waste, home.

Lanthwaite Wood and Crummock Water walk

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Lanthwaite Wood and Crummock Water walk

How to get here

Lanthwaite Wood, Loweswater, Cumbria, CA13 0RT
By train

Whitehaven or Workington stations, 10 miles (16km) from Lanthwaite Wood.

By road

Walk begins at Lanthwaite Wood National Trust car park.

By bus

Honister Rambler (Route 77) stops at Buttermere or Lorton.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 71 normally reaches Loweswater then turns north, but due to the Lorton bridge collapse it now passes the car park.

Lanthwaite Wood and Crummock Water walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome under close control