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Things to do in Loweswater, Cumbria

Loweswater from Askhill Farm © Sheila J Drewery
Loweswater from Askhill Farm © Sheila J Drewery

Loweswater is a picturesque, rural village. It has an annual Loweswater Agricultural Show (in September), and is an ideal place to enjoy country walks, taking in the natural beauty as you go. There is a lovely walk down to Crummock Water through woodland, breathing in the damp smell of wood, flowers and nature. If you are lucky sometimes you may see wildlife such as red squirrels. If you have a picnic with you that is even better, as you can sit by the water absorbing the beautiful, peaceful surroundings.

There is a wood that belongs to the National Trust to be found near the lower end of the village. This makes for lovely walking, especially when the bluebells are out. If you go right through the wood you can climb over a wall and get on to the Hows and walk to Buttermere.

Further up in the village of Loweswater, there are self-catering and cottages and an Inn (which serves lovely meals and locally brewed beers). Opposite this is Loweswater and Brackenthwaite Church, a charming, quaint old place.

Just up from the Church is the Village Hall which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006. From the Village Hall you can get a tremendous view of Crummock and the surrounding area.

As you travel past the Village Hall, you will come to Loweswater Lake. If you go further along the road there are some camping barns and also boats which can be hired to go on Loweswater Lake for fishing etc. About 200 yards on there is an hotel offering both hotel and self-catering accommodation as well as meals and drinks - you have a choice of hammocks or chairs if sitting it the garden.

If you fancy a day's shopping, Cockermouth is just 8 miles away. Wordsworth House is also there where William Shakespeare and his Sister lived.

When it comes to getting away from it all, relaxing and walking in beautiful surroundings, or just recharging your batteries, then Loweswater is hard to beat.

Description by Sheila Drewery (nee Cunningham)

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