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Enjoy Simple Pleasures In Loweswater and Lorton Vale
Escape the crowds and find the simple pleasures of life in Loweswater and the Vale of Lorton. Row across the lake, stride out on the fells to admire the views, appreciate the beauty of flower-rich meadows, or just take life easy with a pint of real ale at the Kirkstile Inn.
A Stroll Around The Lake
From the car park at Maggie’s Bridge, a well-defined path follows the west shore of Loweswater and passes through Holme Wood to Waterend. Return along the road or, for better views, walk up to Mosser Gate track for elevated vistas over the lake.
Freedom To Roam
Much of the land around Loweswater is owned by the National Trust who maintain the footpaths, stiles and footbridges for everyone to enjoy access to outdoor recreation. It’s worth climbing up Loweswater Fell to enjoy spectacular views over the nearby lakes. Or, take the old corpse road which runs between Buttermere and the church at Lamplugh.
Sample Real Ales
The brewing of beer in the area has a long history. It started with Jennings Brewery, who set up a brewery in Lorton in 1828 before moving to their current premises in Cockermouth. The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater has kept the tradition going with its own on-site brewery, brewing Cumbrian Legendary Ales. Up to six different ales can be sampled, which probably accounts for the huge popularity of this country inn.
The pretty villages of High Lorton and Low Lorton lie at the head of Lorton Vale, with the church of St Cuthbert’s in between. This is one of several churches in Cumbria named after the famous Lindisfarne saint. When Viking raiders attacked Lindisfarne in the 10th century, the monks fled taking the venerated bones of St Cuthbert with them. It is said that wherever they rested, a chapel was founded in commemoration.
The lake at Loweswater is managed as a game fishery (mainly perch and pike). Permits can be obtained from Waterend Farm (top end of lake). Scales Farm at Lorton also offers fly fishing for rainbow trout on two small artificial ponds.
Know where the smallest national nature reserve is in England? Well, it’s right here in Lorton Vale. Tiny Sandybeck Meadow is only one-third of a hectare in size, but turns in a stunning display of wild flowers in May and June. This flower-rich remnant of a hay meadow has not been ploughed in living memory and is now managed by Natural England to preserve its floristic diversity. Nearby at Cold Kell, Cumbria Wildlife Trust is creating a new wildflower meadow. A field has been sown with native wild flowers, with a traditional management regime of hay cutting and cattle grazing helping to increase the floral species on the site. Another hay meadow can be seen at High Nook Farm, south of Loweswater.
The ‘Pride Of Lorton Vale’
Behind the village hall is the venerable Lorton Yew said to be over 1000 years old, and immortalised by Wordsworth in his poem ‘Yew Trees’.
'There is a Yew-tree, pride of Lorton Vale,
Which to this day stands single, in the midst
Of its own darkness, as it stood of yore' - William Wordsworth, 1803.
After being struck by lightning, the tree is now much reduced in size.
Go For A Row
See the lake from a different angle by hiring a rowing boat, and you might enjoy close-up views of the variety of ducks that frequent the lake. See if you can spot mallards, coots, tufted ducks, pochards, goldeneyes, and maybe a few great crested grebes lurking in the reeds. Rowing boats can be hired at Waterend Farm at the top end of the lake.