Crummock Water Round
Many visitors ask about walks around lakes. The usual walks are Derwent and Buttermere, but Crummock Water is a great circular walk taking in some of my favourite views in The Lake District, and includes the highest waterfall, Scale Force.
Crummock Water is also a quieter walk away from the crowds even in the height of the summer season. This walk is 8.5 miles but on the whole not too taxing or too much climbing, 4 or so hours at an abmbling pace.
This is the view down Crummock Water with Rannerdale Knotts in the foreground and down to Fleetwith Pike, Haystacks, and Great Gable Beyond.
There are 2 options for parking to start this walk. For National Trust Members there is a free car Park in Lanthwaite Woods. This is my favourite start point but dose miss out the little boat house and Mellbreak View but it is a larger car park than the free yet busy parking at Langthwaite Green Farm on the B5289 towards Buttermere.
Both will get you to the same path so the start of this walk is up to you.
To get to the start of the walk from Kestrel Lodge head towards the A66 in the Cockermouth direction. Once there turn right towards Cockermouth, then take the left hand turn signposted Buttermere and Lorton. At the T junction turn right again signposted Buttermere and Lorton. Keep going for about a mile before another T junction, this is the B5289, turn left to Buttermere and Lorton.
If you are at the National Trust car park go through the Green Gate and head down to the lake side on this track.
If you are at the alternative car park turn back on yourself along the road past the farm house and through the gate. Follow this path around the fields to the wood, where you will meet a gravel path. Once in the woods take the left hand path straight down to the lake side and boat house. Follow this track along the lakeside to the end of the lake. This is where the two start points converge.
Follow the path left over 2 small bridges and keep along the side of the lake over a third bridge and passing the water pumping station—this provides the water for Cockermouth.
Simply follow this path around the lake side to the very end. It’s a good obvious path for the main but does have boggy sections. There is a high path and low path, the higher one can be less boggy but the lower one is usually at the lakeside with great views.
Just before the end of the lake after the crag, when you get to Scale Beck and the bridge in front of you turn away from the lake around the base of the fell. Follow Scale Beck up towards Scale Force. Do not cross the foot bridge in front of you but follow the beck upwards. If you want to see the falls, take a small de-tour at the second foot bridge. This is the highest waterfalls in The Lake District, but is very much hidden in the gully and you don’t see it till your pretty much on top of it. Once over the footbridge follow the path up to the gully to see the falls.
Once you’ve seen the falls head back to the footbridge where the path forks. You want the right hand fork. You are basically heading around the base of the mountain to re-join the lake back at the other end.
The first mile or so after the falls is boggy you follow a small stream before turning right straight up to a stile and gate. Go through the gate and keep heading straight you are heading back towards the base of the mountain now and the path follows the valley bottom. This boggy path continues until you meet a gravel path that takes you the rest of the way back. The path is much better once you hit the gravel section.
If you are Wainwright Bagging you can use this walk to bag Mellbreak. This is a tough mountain though, it involves going up and re-tracing your steps down unless you are very confident on scree, sheep paths, and a fair scramble at certain points. If you are going up (and it’s worth the view) you will see a steep wide grassy path going straight up just before you hit the gravel path take this to the top if your bagging fells
Follow the gravel path until it splits towards the end of the mountain, keep to the top path at the top of the tree line as opposed to what looks like the main path down.
Follow the top of the tree line until the path winds downwards to a farm house through the woods. Keep to this path until you see a gate just after the farm house on your left. Go through this gate, turn right, and follow the path over the small hill and down to the lake. Then simply re-trace your path back to the car park you started from.
There is a nice little pub in a short drive away if you fancy a rest and a pint at the end of the walk. The Kirskstile Inn, a classic popular Lakeland inn.