Get under the skin of the Cumbrian landscape on this trail through a patchwork of natural and archaeological features. See a traditional farm, walk along an ancient Corpse Road and discover evidence of human activity dating from the Bronze Age to the Second World War.
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Start at Maggies Bridge car park in Loweswater. Go through the gate opposite and follow the track
up to High Nook farm, where you will see fine examples of traditional Cumbrian farm buildings.
Leave the farmyard through the gate and bear slightly left. Follow this wide gravel track up towards
High Nook Tarn and take the path veering right.
You are now on part of the Corpse Road which leads from Buttermere to Lamplugh church, and
onwards to St Bees Priory. Follow this parallel to the wall and be sure to take in the great views when
a gap in the woodland appears.
Go through a small gate in the woodland wall and follow the steep, narrow downhill track. When
you reach a wider forestry track, turn left.
Its worth pausing here to look at Holme Force waterfall and the single span stone bridge which
crosses Holme Beck. Follow the forest track downwards until you meet another intersecting track.
Follow the narrow track towards the lakeshore and turn right. You will come across a rectangular
platform on your left. This dates from the Second World War, when cables were stretched across the
lake, with the intention of thwarting any German sea-planes attempting to land here.
As you near the Bothy (our camping barn) you may notice two burial mounds near the path.
Continue out of the woods and across the hay meadows back to the car park.
Top Tip: The waterfall may look at its best when it's been raining for a while.
Start/Finish: Maggie's Bridge car park, grid ref: NY 134 210
Distance: 3.6 miles (5.8km)
Terrain: Varying terrain with a gradual climb to High Nook, paths can be slippery when wet and suitable footwear
and clothing is recommended. The route is not suitable for pushchairs. Dogs welcome under close
control, but please do not allow your dog to foul on paths and around picnic areas. No bins provided -
please take all litter, including dog waste, home.
Time to complete the walk: 2-3 hours