Gentle Strolls
There are lovely gentle walks to enjoy in the Vale of Lorton, some straight from the door of High Swinside or starting from a parking place a short drive away: easy circuits in the Lorton valley, or around the lakes of Loweswater and Buttermere; a stroll through the bluebells in Rannerdale, or something a little longer in beautiful Lanthwaite Woods…

The gentle strolls you can click on below are not more than 5 miles in length, and though they have some up and down, the paths are not rocky or steep (or you are informed in the description that this walk has a steeper section).

  • Gentle walks of up to 5 miles
  • Some up and down, but not rocky or steep
Click on a thumbnail below for the walk's summary, and click again on the summary to see more photos - either on this site or someone else's...

Gentle Lorton Circuit
An easy and very lovely 4 mile circuit in the Lorton valley on footpaths and quiet lanes from High Swinside. It includes some wonderful views and an opportunity to visit High Lorton and Lorton Village Shop. You will also pass the 1000 year old Lorton Yew tree before returning to High Swinside up a gently sloping green lane. ...Read more...
Circuit of Buttermere
The 5 mile lake shore path around Buttermere is one of the most accessible yet scenic of its kind. The views in all directions are breathtaking, and the far lake shore from Buttermere village to Gatesgarth at the head of the lake is accessible by wheelchairs and buggies. The total amount of up and down is 120 metres. ...Read more...
Lanthwaite Hill
If you don’t mind a short steep ‘up’ knowing its not going to last very long and it will reward you with one of the best and biggest viewpoints in the western Lake District – this one is for you! The walk takes you through Lanthwaite Wood and up onto Brackenthwaite Hows (or Scale Hill depending on the map you use - and called Lanthwaite Hill in this account). The walk then makes a circuit through the wood and finishes along the shore of Crummock Water.

It starts from Scale Hill NT car park near Loweswater, is only 3 miles long, and has 120 metres of ascent and descent in total. Here it is described and beautifully photographed by Andrew Locking on www.andrewswalks.co.uk...
Loweswater Circuit
The lovely circuit of Loweswater runs mostly close to the shore, and even the road section is along a quiet lane. It is 3.9 miles long with 91 metres of gentle up and down.

The route is walked here by Andrew Locking one stunning, still, April morning clockwise from Maggie's Bridge car park near Loweswater village. You can see a map, directions, and the photos he took on his Andrewswalks website.
Mosser Track
This is a scrumptious 3-4 mile walk that you can extend further if you want. It offers some stunning views of the Loweswater fells, they curves around Darling Fell to catch sight of the Solway Firth with Criffel in Scotland beyond.

Park at the start of the Mosser Road - though actually too damaged to be roadworthy - about a third of the way along the northeast shore of Loweswater from Lorton. A map of this walk, directions and beautiful photos can be found on the Hileys' Loweswatercam website.

Gentle Lorton Circuit

Circuit of Buttermere

Lanthwaite Hill

Loweswater Circuit

Mosser Track