Remember: Press F11 for a full screen view of this page.


" Holme Wood Bothy with Jack and Catherine "

Date & start time:    Tuesday 14th November 2017,  2.30 pm.

Location of Start :    Maggie's Bridge car park, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :         High Nook, Watergate Farm, The Bothy and back over the meadow.

Walk details :             2 miles, 100 feet of ascent, 1 hours 20 mins.

Highest point :          The permissive path between High Nook and Watergate.

Walked with :             Grandson Jack, Catherine, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                    Misty and a rather damp feel to the air, but we stayed dry on the walk.

© Crown copyright. All rights reserved. Licence number PU 100034184.


As friends leave so family arrives.  We were delighted to entertain our grandson Jack and his girlfriend Catherine for a few days. 

Unfortunately the weather has turned somewhat, so the walking was less than perfect.

She and Jack had climbed Mellbreak this morning taking advantage of a break in the cloud, but it was quite wet underfoot.

They were guided round by trusty mountain dog Dylan.

After lunch they were up for another short Harry-type-walk across to Loweswater Bothy.

I thought of using this John Houseman 1821 map for our walk

after Peter Burgess showed me a copy . . .

but it was a 196 years out of date.


It does however show High Nook Farm, Watergate

the Church and the Kirkstile (though it calls it Castle).


No sign of Oak Cottage

but it does exists on a later 1847 Parish map.

- - - o o o - - -

So to the afternoon of the 14th November . . .

Jack, Catherine and Monty Don . . . I mean myself . . . it's my little brother who looks like Monty Don.

Ann was taking the photo of course.

We park at Maggie's Bridge and head off towards High Nook Farm.

I point out the Loweswater Pheasant to Catherine as she hasn't seen the February page of the Loweswatercam Calendar 2018

Rather than head up to the farm we turned right along the permissive footpath to Watergate.

In the field was a hay turner and I explained to them how it worked once it was on the back of the tractor.

Darling Fell and Low Fell were looking rather misty as we reached the side of Loweswater.

The only ripples on the lake were from Harry and Dylan

but the poor weather conditions meant that reflections were not great anyway.

Stand by the gate again for a photo . . . Jack attempts to get there in one stride.

Didn't even break into a sweat  . . . but it took a while and Harry had time to sit down for his photo.

Through Holme Woods towards The Bothy.

The ancient quarries on Darling Fell appear as a grey streak across the opposite fell side.

At the bothy Jack took advantage of the rope swing as no-one was at home.

In, out, in, out . . .
. . . swing it all about !

Heads up . . . or should I say heads down . . . on Mellbreak at the far end of the lake.

Meanwhile Catherine and Ann indulged in a more leisurely lady-like pursuit . . . the white specs on the photo are rain.

As Catherine and Jack had enjoyed a longer walk this morning we called it a day and returned to the car.

On the way back I decided to try and photo the colourful autumnal beech that have held onto their leaves despite the gales.

Looking across towards the houses at Thrushbank . . .
. . . but with the flash working it is a different picture.

The extra light at this time of day really brought out the colours.

Some were yellows . . . others a more mature brown.

Back out in the open and a close encounter with the Dept of the Environment boat.

Sadly the lake no longer supports a fleet of public rowing boats.

This one is kept for monitoring the water quality of the lake.

- - - o o o - - -


Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a weather clock to turn back time a few days.

Go to Top . . . © RmH . . . Email me here

Previous walk - 12th November 2017 - Castle Crag for Remembrance 2017

A previous time up here - 10th July 2012 Holme Force with Kathy Nunez

Next walk - 19th November 2017 - Paula and Al Crummock Walk


Now on sale . . .

The Loweswatercam Calendar 2018

For this 10th anniversary edition we have been looking

back at the year to bring you twelve months of

Loweswater pictures, Lakeland scenes

and your favourite mountain dogs.

£10 a copy (plus postage + packaging if required)

£1 of every calendar sold goes to support 

the Air Ambulance and local Mountain Rescue.

Don't be left out . . . we're down to the last box.

Click here to see the full details and to order your copy.