Crummock Water - a walk from Lanthwaite Wood Car Park
OS grid reference NY 155-190
Crummock Water is situated between Loweswater and Buttermere in the western area of the English Lake District. It is two and a half miles long, three quarters of a mile wide and 144 feet deep and is a clear, rocky bottomed lake. The lake is fed by numerous streams including the beck from Scale Force, which is Lakeland’s tallest waterfall with a drop of 170ft.
From Keswick, go over the B5292 Whinlatter Pass to Lorton then take the B5289 south. Stay right to Loweswater and at the bottom of Scale Hill turn left into the National Trust Pay & Display car park at NY 149-215.
What to Shoot
Go through the gate at the far end of the car park and walk along the track through the woods that runs alongside the River Cocker. Keep right at any fork until you reach the lakeshore. This is a great spot for photography with tremendous views up the lake to the small knobbly peak of Rannerdale Knots, Red Pike and the High Stile range. Shooting over to the left a little further along the lakeshore lays a small boathouse. This makes for a great shot with the towering peak of Grasmoor behind it. I’ve seen some great reflections here on a still autumn evening when the colours of Lanthwate Wood and High Wood reflected in the water have been quite breathtaking.
Continue by turning right along the lakeshore path where you cross two footbridges in quick succession. After a third bridge, the views become even more impressive as you look straight down the lake towards the mountains. The path heads to the right of a pump house and then goes through a kissing-gate to cross a grassy area. There’s a nice shingly bay here with some old bleached trees to use as a lead-in line and occasionally there are some curly-coated Galloway cows drinking at the water’s edge.
A little further along the path is a small gate, which is a favourite spot of mine. The view up the lake to Rannerdale Knots is something special. The question is – do you open or close the gate? Leaving it open invites the viewer into the shot but it’s also a nice feature if you leave it closed. It’s up to you – why not try both!
If you want to carry and it’s not too wet underfoot you can and will eventually reach the shingle promontory of Low Ling Crag sticking out into the lake. This is the point where the Victorian pleasure boats used to discharge their occupants when they were visiting Scale Force. Shooting across the lake from here, you get a great view to the mighty Grasmoor or Rannerdale Knots. The sweeping arc of the shingle beach can be used as a lead-in line.
Return to your car by the same route. The walk back gives you new vistas towards the Loweswater Fells, Darling Fell being particularly attractive. You could also walk around to that little boathouse if you wish to where you will get great views across the lake to Mellbreak.