Crummock Water

Crummock Water and Lanthwaite Wood courtesy of Tony Richard Lakeland CamCrummock Water (crooked or bent water) lies in the western Lake District. Geologists believe its clear waters were once part of its neighbours, Loweswater and Buttermere, but silting turned the one lake into three.

The rocky-bottomed Crummock Water is 2½ miles long, ¾ mile wide, and 140 feet deep. A road runs alongside the lake's eastern shore, backed by the slopes of Grasmoor. A number of becks and rivers flow into and out of the lake, the River Cocker being the major one.

Crummock Water and Buttermere from Mellbreak Mad about MountainsThe steep slopes of Melbreak look down on Crummock Water's western shore. There are low level walks around the lake, but to view it in all its glory, climb the slopes of Rannerdale Knotts to its summit (1160 feet).

Sailboats and rowboats are available for hire. Wordsworth stated that “...there is scarcely anything finer than the view from a boat in the centre of Crummock-water. The scene is deep and solemn, and lonely...”.

Crummock Water from steep path up Rannerdale Knotts Mad about MountainsCrummock Water is on the B5289, south of Cockermouth.
National Trust limited parking at Lanthwaite.

Photos courtesy of Tony Richard and Ann Bowker

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