Day 29 – Lake Loweswater, Lake District, UK (day1)

Backpacking to Stranraer, Scotland from 21 May to 26 June 2014 (37days)
Jessie and Jimmy came over to see us off for the Lake Districts.

Day 29 (18.06.2014 Wed) – day 1 of Lake Loweswater, Lake District

This morning Norman John Robertson and wife Carol Anne Robertson came in two cars and picked us to drive 143miles to the Lake District and stayed at Swallow Barn, Waterend Farm, Loweswater, Cockermouth, Cumbria. Upon arrival at 3.30pm we checked in and took a walk around Lake Loweswater. We came back for dinner. Sleeping: Swallow Barn, Waterend Farm, Loweswater at GBP9.50 pp

We stopped to have a look at the Belted Galloway cattle.

The Belted Galloway is a heritage beef breed of cattle originating from Galloway in the west side of southern Scotland, adapted to living on the poor upland pastures and windswept moorlands of the region. The exact origin of the breed is unclear although it is often surmised that the white belt that distinguishes these cattle from the native black Galloway cattle may be as a result of cross breeding with Dutch Lakenvelder belted cattle.

It is the belt that gives them their name. Belted Galloways are primarily raised for their quality marbled beef, although they are sometimes milked and purchased to adorn pastures due to their striking appearance.

A very old Mini Cooper we saw at the Cafe

Another very old Citroen

Decorative gravel, granite chippings and garden stones used to transform gardens. Decorative gravel and granite chippings are exceptionally versatile and have a number of different applications including driveways, rockeries water features, covering and general landscaping use.

We found this stone for Kee Moon.

We had this tasty soup and rolls for lunch at this Cafe Dargavel at only 1.5 pound.

We all arrived at Swallow Barn, Waterend Farm beside Lake Loweswater at 3.30pm.

Arrival time is after 4pm on the day of Arrival and must be vacated by 10am on the morning of departure.

Swallow Barn is in the picturesque Loweswater valley, this barn is part of a traditional set of farm buildings dating back to 1670.

There are four separate sleeping rooms - 3x3pax and 1x9pax room with a total of 18 mattresses. There is a cooking and eating area and also two bath rooms.

The barn is close enough as a base to scale Scarfell Pike and other peaks, as well as taking a drive to the Solway West coast.

There is a local pub just over a mile away where home brewed beer and excellent food can be obtained.

All areas of the barn have electric lighting. There are 2 flush toilets, 2 coin operated showers (50p pieces), 2 sinks and a water heater. There is also the use of a gas heater (extra charge) all in the common area only.
We had hot tea and biscuits before going for the walk. Many thanks to Norman who brought his gas cooker and kettle.

Breathtaking hill view from the barn.

The start of the 4.5miles foot-path around Lake Loweswater from the north western end through the new pedestrian gate signposted "public footpath".

Follow the path beside the hedge and a little way down the field turn right through a gap in the hedge and through a gate.

Continued on the path to cross the bridge with a gate, and then along the gravel path to the tarmac driveway.

I took this picture looking over Loweswater towards Mellbreak (512m) from the area found between the path and Hudson Place.

A view across Lake Loweswater to Grasmoor the highest peak in a group of hills between the villages of Lorton, Braithwaite and Buttermere. On the left is Whiteside Fell.

The breathtaking view of the field and the countryside.

On reaching the Hudson Place farm we continued ahead below the farm house and turned left to a gate marked with a footpath sign and through the gate and into the rough lane.

Holme Wood is National Trust land, well-spaced largely deciduous trees with a lush undergrowth of blackberry brambles and bracken.

Darling Fell seen on the opposite side of the lake.

As the lane opened out to a field we were on the path to the gate into Holme Wood. After 100m the gravel path dropped down to follow a narrower path nearer the water's edge. Followed this to the mountaineering hut.

The Western end of Loweswater.

A well graded gravel path makes an easy walk even if the approach track is rather rough in places.

Catherine had to step up over the dry stone wall to get across.

The ladies were very happy walking through the woods on the south side of the lake and the shore footpath was easy to follow.

The total tranquility on Loweswater - what a place to be.

Picnickers swimming in the lake near to the bothy.

At the mountaineering hut also known as bothy. Available to rent from the National Trust.

The Darling Fell on the left and right is Low Fell across Loweswater.

Another breathtaking view across the lake from High Nook Farm.

The eastern end of the lake and on the track leading to Maggie's Bridge.

After an easy path on the Eastern end of the lake we had some road walking. There is a path on the north side between the lake and the road.

Carling Knott seen from the Loweswater road.

Carling Knott seen above Loweswater and Watergate Farm.

View of Mellbreak Hill (1670ft) over Loweswater and Hen Comb on the right.

This is the Pinfold, from the Old Norse 'pin' (to seize) and 'fold' (enclosure). Animals that escaped grazed common land were put in the pinfold by the Pinder, a local constable. To get them back you paid a fine. Loweswater records contain reports on the pinfold from as early as 1655.

Loweswater and the surrounding area was the stunning setting for several scenes of the recent blockbuster Beatrix Potter film featuring Renee Zellweger.

Being one of the smallest lakes, Loweswater offers an opportunity for all to walk the 4.5miles complete circuit within a couple of hours. And what a couple of hours it was; beautiful countryside, lake shore paths and fantastic views of the nearby fells. Even the road walk along the northern side of the lake was enjoyable.

And that was a good walk around Loweswater and now it was time to be home for dinner.

The comfortable eating area.

Beautiful sunset view from Swallow Barn.

Beautiful sunset view from a hill behind Swallow Barn.

Parking is to the rear of the barn with ample spaces.

Taking supper before going to bed.

The Swallow Barn 3 bed room.

Click below to view daily adventures:
Day 01 (21.05.2014 Wed) – MH16 KUL/AMS 2355hr – 0655hr on 22May
Day 02 (22.05.2014 Thr) – Amsterdam City, Holland
Day 03 (23.05.2014 Fri) – Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Village (21km)
Day 04 (24.05.2014 Sat) – KL.1477R AMS/GLA 1535hr - 1605hr Glasgow Airport
Day 05 (25.05.2014 Sun) – Stranraer, Scotland

Day 06 (26.05.2014 Mon) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
Day 07 (27.05.2014 Tue) – Portpatrick and Mull of Galloway Lighthouse (58km)
Day 08 (28.05.2014 Wed) – Lide supermarket (2.8km) and Museum
Day 09 (29.05.2014 Thu) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (56km)
Day 10 (30.05.2014 Fri) – Kirkland Fishery Farm in Leswalt (4.6km)

Day 11 (31.05.2014 Sat) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (60km)
Day 12 (01.06.2014 Sun) – Trekking 20.8km Loch Ryan Coastal Path
Day 13 (02.06.2014 Mon) – A free and easy rest day
Day 14 (03.06.2014 Tue) – To Robert Burns Cottage at Alloway (78km)
Day 15 (04.06.2014 Wed) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan

Day 16 (05.06.2014 Thu) – A trip to the Giant Causeway (153km) by coach
Day 17 (06.06.2014 Fri) – Trekking 4km Ardwell Pond, Ardwell Bay (18km)
Day 18 (07.06.2014 Sat) – Our ladies went shopping in Ayr (72km)
Day 19 (08.06.2014 Sun) – Visiting Isabelle/Robert in Newton Steward (50km)
Day 20 (09.06.2014 Mon) – Overnight stay at Fishing Station, Lady Bay Loch Ryan

Day 21 (10.06.2014 Tue) – Visited a farm using automated milking
Day 22 (11.06.2014 Wed) – Day 1 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 23 (12.06.2014 Thu) – Day 2 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 24 (13.06.2014 Fri) – Day 3 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 25 (14.06.2014 Sat) – Day 4 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland

Day 26 (15.06.2014 Sun) – Day 5 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 27 (16.06.2014 Mon) – Allan and Pauline 50th wedding anniversary
Day 28 (17.06.2014 Tue) – Mysterious beach walk at Loch Larbrax, Scotland
Day 29 (18.06.2014 Wed) – Lake Loweswater, Lake District, UK (day1)

Day 30 (19.06.2014 Thu) – Outward Bound Ullswater, Lake Ullswater (day2)

Day 31 (20.06.2014 Fri) – Return from Lake District (day3)
Day 32 (21.06.2014 Sat) – Our last visit to the bothy at Lady Bay
Day 33 (22.06.2014 Sun) – A farewell dinner hosted by Margaret Modrate
Day 34 (23.06.2014 Mon) – A farewell tea hosted by Vera Little

Day 35 (24.06.2014 Tue) – To Glasgow for a night stay for next day flight

Day 36 (25.6.2014Wed) Glasgow 6am to Amsterdam 8.40//MH17 12noon to KLIA
Day 37 (26.06.2014 Thu) – MH17 touched down at KLIA at 6.20am.

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