Length – 1.8km / Max Width – 0.55km

This quiet beauty spot is another that is largely ignored by visiting tourists, and therefore popular amongst locals seeking a secluded walking area with an undeniable natural beauty. The lake is owned by the National Trust and row boats can be hired from Watergate Farm located at the southern end of the lake.

Access to the lake is via the A5086 between Cockermouth and Egremont, with the turn off signposted for the village of Mockerin and Loweswater. The lake is approximately nine miles from Cockermouth.


Free parking is available on a layby at the north-west side of the lake, located at Grid Ref NY 118 225, and again slightly further along the road at Grid Ref NY 121 224. At the south-eastern side of the lake there is a free National Trust car park at Maggie’s Bridge, Grid Ref NY 135 211, with access down a narrow track.


There are no facilities at the lake, but in the nearby village of Loweswater you will find the Kirkstile Inn, a local’s favourite that serves classic pub grub and locally brewed ales.

Walking Trails

Loweswater is an excellent choice if you want to do a circuit walk around a lake. The road that runs alongside the north-east side is very quiet and you are unlikely to come across many cars. A path runs along the south-west side and connects to the road at both ends, so you can start your route at either car parking point.

The circuit is around 4 miles in length. Alternatively, if you park at Maggie’s Bridge you can follow the lake shore path into Holme Wood where there are a number of accessible trails and you may spot Red Squirrels.