Hawkshead Circular via Latterbarrow and Near Sawrey

Lake Windermere from the top of Latterbarrow

We did this walk the first time we visited Hawkshead in September 2016, the walk back from Near Sawrey wasn’t meant to be via the road, but as mentioned in the post Hawkshead – A Walk over Latterbarrow, the battery on my phone which we were using as a GPS packed in, so instead of coming back over Furness Fells we had to follow the road so we didn’t get lost however, the walk was still enjoyable and the road back was very quiet and there was the reward of lunch in the Queens Head Inn.

Distance 7.45 miles (11.98km) Time Approximately 2 hours 44 mins.

Elevation Lowest 214.24ft (65.30m) Highest 789.37ft (240.59m)

Total Accent 1521.33ft (463.70m)

Elevation Over Walk

Paths A mix of field paths, tracks and road back from Near Sawrey

Landscape Rich farmland, fells, moorland, forests, lakes and tarns with extensive view over Lake Windermere and Hawkshead from the top Latterbarrow.

Suggested OS Map OL7 – Explorer 1:25,000 scale Map of The Lake District: South-eastern area. Or download the OS Maps app to your smart phone and purchase the map for the Hawkshead area, the app is available for iOS from iTunes and for Android from Google Play.

Dog Friendliness As in most cases if there are livestock in any of the fields it is suggested that dogs be kept on a lead, as for the pubs the four pubs if Hawkshead all allowed dogs.

Public Toilets There are public toilets in Hawkshead by the car park, 20p fee.

Where we Stayed We stopped for the weekend in our motorhome and stayed at  The Croft Caravan Park

(1) From the Caravan site entrance turn right on to the B5285 proceed for about 200 yards to (2).

(2) From the B5285 turn right down Black Beck Road and continue to (3).

(3) After crossing Black Beck turn left and follow the path to (4) for about 80 yards.

(4) Take the right hand path across the fields to Scar House Lane (5).

(5) Proceed up Scar House Lane for about 60 yard to (6).

(6) Cross the fields to Loanthwaite Lane (7).

(7) Turn right on to Loanthwaite Lane and follow to the junction (8).

(8) Turn left at the just and proceed up the hill for about 60 yards to (9) and the gate on the right.

(9) Proceed through the gate and start the climb up Latterbarrow to (10).

(10) At the top of Latterbarrow if you walk north for 100 yards or so, you can get great views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding areas. From the top of Latterbarrow proceed down to (11).

(11) Turn left and follow the path through the woods and onto (12).

(12) Turn left and follow the path to (13).

(13) Turn right and follow the track to (14).

(14) Turn right and continue to follow the track, after about 900 yards you will pass Wise Een Tarn on your right, keep following the path to (15) and Moss Eccles Tarn.

Wise Een Tarn

(15) From Moss Eccles Tarn continue along the path to Stones Lane (16).

Moss Eccles Tar(16) Continue down Stones Lane into Near Sawrey (17).

(17) Turn right onto the B5285 and proceed for about 100 yards t0 the junction on the left next to Sawrey House car park (18). There’s a pub in the village Tower Bank Arms, which is turn left at 17 for about 50 yards.

(18) Turn left down the lane and follow to the fork in the road (19).

(19) Take the right-hand fork sign posted to Hawkshead Lakeside and follow the lane skirting the bottom of Esthwaite Water to the fork in the road (20).

(20) Turn right, following the sign-post to Hawkshead, Conniston and Ambleside, to the fork in the road (21).

(21) Take the right-hand road sign-posted to Hawkshead and continue on into Haksheads (22) and enjoy the various shops, pubs and cafes. This is the point were we could’ve turned left if the GPS hadn’t packed in and walked over Furness Fells into Hawkshead, but maybe next time.