A Lamplugh horseshoe walk from Low Millgillhead


Low Millgillhead is one of our most popular large cottages in the Lake District. It was a Georgian manor house and has now been converted into three properties, the other two including Croft House and Rose Cottage. You can rent them individually or together to accommodate a large group of 26.

Of course, one of the best things to do with a big group of friends is to go for a walk! Here is a great walk to do from Low Millgillhead that takes in several Wainwright tops.

Leave the property and turn right to walk up the road. A footpath crosses the fields to Cogra Moss, but you can stick to the road if you prefer, turning right at the end of the road and carry on towards a small hill called Knock Murton. There is a track from the road that leads towards the forest. Take this track but towards the end, branch off to the right instead of going into the forest.

The track now fades on the open fellside but remains clear enough to follow. The fences are good navigational aids on this rolling grassy terrain, try to keep the fence on your right and if you need to cross, wait till you find a stile or a pile of stones to help you hop across to the other side.

Looking back across west Cumbria, there is evidence of the industrial past including grassed over railway lines and abandoned mines and quarries. You can see the Solway Firth, the Irish Sea and a wind farm to the north.

Soon you will reach two small summits, Low and High Pen. The fence line continues to the first Wainwright summit of the day, Blake Fell, 573 metres.

It is a simple walk on to the next two tops of Gavel Fell and Burnbank Fell, again following the fence line. The best route of descent is to return in the direction of Burnbank Fell. To your right you will see a bare peak above the forest. This is Sharp Knott and a path leads from the top down into the forest and back to Cogra Moss.

The woodland paths of Cogra Moss will lead you back to Fell Dyke where you can stroll back to Low Millgillhead along the road or retrace your steps across the fields.

For more walk ideas across Cumbria, visit our Lake District Walks page.

Distance: 9.5 miles
Difficulty: Medium (no steep ascents)