Everyone was feeling a little weary after a busy few days so I decided to do the shorter two mile loop starting at the National Trust Lanthwaite Wood car park which lies between the villages of Lorton and Loweswater. If you are approaching from Lorton, the car park is on the left hand side, after you have passed the Scale Hill Self Catered Accomodation. At the opposite end of the car park to the entrance, there is a gate that marks the start of the walk.
From here you follow the path down to the water and there will be a fork in the road, take the right hand fork to continue down to the lake. The view as you approach the lake is quite honestly breathtaking!!! My children could stay at the shoreline and play for hours skimming stones!
From here you could retrace your steps and return back to the car park if you were wanting a particularly short walk, or if you had a pram (it is pram accessible to the lake.)
We decided to complete the loop and so we headed over the three narrow bridges that take you to the pump house. You then go through a gate and head right so that you are walking away from the shoreline. You follow the path along the farm track until you reach a quiet, rarely used, lane near Muncaster House. Turn right here and you will soon see the car park on your right hand side.
* for more details of this walk I find the website www.thelakedistrict.org has a particularly good description *
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