Loweswater is one of the Lake District’s least known lakes with the majority of tourists routed to its sisters in the Buttermere valley, Crummock Water and Buttermere. Perhaps because of this Loweswater remains slightly off the beaten track, serene and gentle in its setting beneath Melbreak on one side and quite thick woodland on the other. There is an easy walk around the lake which passes through ‘Holme Wood’ a small forested area of mixed deciduouse and coniferous trees and where the beautiful waterfall ‘Holme Force rushes down to join the lake. These woods are noted for the variety of wildflowers that grow there and the abundance of Red Squirrels.
The lake itself is quite small measuring only about one mile long by one half a mile wide at its widest point and with its deepest depth measured at sixty feet. The lake experiences few visitors and it therefore remains still and serene and more attractive to those seeking quiet and peaceful solitude.
Fishing subject to environmental and national trust regulations is allowed providing that the correct permits have been obtained. No live bait is allowed and no fishing may take place from the end of September through to the fifteenth of March. Although no watersports or private boats are permitted on the lake Clinker Built rowing boats may be hired from the National Trust at Water End Farm.
Loweswater is an extremely beautiful and peaceful small lake that sits next to Loweswater Village which offers limited accomodation, a really good pub with excellent beers and a small and simple church called Saint Bartholomew’s which is believed to be built on a much earlier place of worship going back to the twelfth century.
Of general interest Loweswater lake itself is considered unique within the Lake District in that it drains towards Crummock Water at the center between Buttermere and Loweswater. It is thought that the three lakes Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater once formed one single body of water.