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Explore Lowther

A walk for everyone with a castle, woods and a river

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Explore Lowther
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easy
4 miles
m ascent
Good hard paths suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and bikes
1.5 - 2 hours

Explore Lowther

OS Map OL 5 Start grid ref: NY528242 Post Code: CA10 2HH

A route for explorers big and small, this walk takes you along paths to rivers and woods and then back towards the imposing castle ruins. Plenty to keep all entertained with detours and diversions at various points. Why not pause for a paddle, hide in a den, swing on a rope swing or just enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful spot.

The whole route is suitable for wheelchairs/ buggies/ bikes/scooters and is traffic-free, with just one small road to cross over. All paths are either tarmac or very good track with options to explore the woodland, which takes you onto rougher tracks which loop back around onto the tarmac forest road.

Getting there

This route starts at Lowther Castle where there is free parking and toilet & café facilities.

Public Transport: there is no bus to Lowther Castle, the nearest train station is Penrith which is a 6 mile taxi drive away from Lowther Castle.

Refreshments: There is a café at the castle which is open 10am – 4.45pm in the summer and 10am – 3.45pm in the winter, hot food is served between 12 & 3pm.

Public Conveniences: There are toilets available, including disabled facilities.

Route

From the car park head towards the castle courtyard and take the first right through the gate. Follow the path as it winds down the gradual slope. Take the left-hand fork towards the road crossing. Cross the small road and continue down along the track following the signpost.

At the next fork, bear left continuing down towards the river. Once at the river, you have a choice of crossings. When you are on the other side you can then drop down towards a shallow part of the river bank and admire the view/ paddle and take time to watch the river flowing past. *If you want this to be a shorter walk, turn back here.

Climb back onto the main track and choose the next part of your journey – left along the main track or right down a rougher track through the woods, both tracks meet back up further along.

Continue along the main track as far as the caravan park gate. At this point you need to turn around and start heading back towards Lowther castle. There is another detour off to the left if you still have energy, where explorers will find hollow trees, dens and a swing. Or continue straight back along the main track. Will you choose the low or high bridge to return over the river? Then back up the hill to the castle.

History

There is a lot of history to Lowther Castle, the Lowther family being in residence on this estate since it was founded in 1150 by Dolfin, a Viking descendant. Dolfin named the river Lowth-a, meaning foaming water, which is where the name Lowther derives. All that remains of the original Regency Gothic-House is its ruins as after the second World War the roof was taken off and it was partially demolished becoming home to pigs, chickens and pigeons. The family history is a lively one including an earl who employed his own orchestra! Lowther Castle is also home to the music festival Kendal Calling.

Activity

Why not collect some things to make your own bug hotel style castle, fit for insect royalty.

Make the bug castle cosy by gathering twigs, leaves, moss, pinecones and other natural fallen things, you can also use recycled items at home like plastic bottles.

Why not try and make your bug hotel look extra castle-like with cardboard tube turrets, or egg box crenellations (the nobly bits at the top of a castle wall).

For bug hotel inspiration see www.gardenplotters.org.uk/making-a-simple-bug-hotel

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