A circular walk around Haweswater
about 9 miles; time required about 5 hours.
The walk starts opposite the car parking area in Burnbanks. Walk up the stony track behind the bungalow complex following the sign post to Upper Mardale.
A steady climb uphill leads to the fell side with a wood of tall trees on the left. Haweswater soon comes into view and then the high dam. Once on the right track there is little more to be said regarding the path. From Brunbanks to Upper Mardale the path is straight forward; all the walker needs do is enjoy the changing land- and water-scape.
After half an hour The Forces Waterfall is the first main feature to be crossed, it is the first of many becks that feed the reservoir.
(time= 1 hr 20 min)
The waterfall at Whelter Beck was chosen as a picnic spot with lovely views over the water to the `Haweswater Hotel and the Pier.
On continuing the prominent Gate Crag and The Rigg come into view. After such a dry summer the reservoir was very low so there was little water at the Mardale Head end of the reservoir. This gave the opportunity for the drowned field system with the long lost stone walls to be observed.
Afer the FB over Riggindale Beck the path continues between short standing stones.
The FB over Mardale Beck leads around to the car park.
(time= 1 hr 10 min)
The Haweswater Shore FP starts on the left of the wall at the end of the car park and follows a narrow grassy and often stony path to the water pier where the path enters a wooded area. Just before the Haweswater Hotel the FP rises up to the road where a squeezer stile allows access. (time= 1 hr 5 min)
The path continues through the wood and eventually leads onto the road shortly before the dam. Walk along road into Burnbanks. About 250 yd after the entrance to Naddle Farm (seen on the right) look for the FP sign on the left to Burnbanks. The path ends at the car parking area.
(time= 1 hr)
(total time 4 hr 40 min)