Crummock Water Lake District

Crummock Water

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About Crummock Water

Crummock Water is the largest of three lakes that were born a single body of water. It serves as the dramatic, stoutly beautiful middle sibling between popular Buttermere and sleepy Loweswater Lakes. The surrounding land is largely flat and perfect for an ambling walk either alone or with loved ones.

Crummock Water boasts a panorama that includes Grassmoor, Rannerdake Knotts and Red Pike. Mellbreak is situated to the right of the lake, with a shape like an upturned boat.


The green fields that separate the three lakes are part of a plain that was formed from debris washed down mountain streams after the last Ice Age.

In the Victorian period, Crummock Water was part of the popular route from Keswick that took travellers down Derwentwater to Borrowdale, Honister Pass, Crummock Water, then back to Keswick. A main sight to see on the journey was Scale Force Waterfall, which is located on the western side of the lake. With a single drop of 170 feet, the falls are the highest in the Lake District, and are a must-see piece of natural cumbrian beauty.

Things to do nearby

Catbells Lakeland Walk

This Catbells Lakeland walk covers 3.5 miles of slightly-inclined terrain. Starting from Hawes End Landing Stage (best reached by taking the Launch from Keswick), this moderate walk takes approximately three hours to complete. It is situated approximately 4 miles from Crummock Water and is hailed for its beautiful views over Derwentwater and more distant Bassenthwaite.

Lake District Off-Road

If you prefer a more adrenaline-fuelled way of enjoying the beautiful cumbrian hills, Lake District Off-Road offer a range of outdoor activities, including Woodland Quad Skills Sessions, Quad Bike Treks and Electric Bike Hire. Staff are highly trained and all vehicles are top-spec models capable of overcoming challenging terrain. The Off-Road centre offers free, secure parking, toilets, changing facilities, cold drinks, snacks and an outdoor seating area!

Alpacaly Ever After …

If you’d rather participate in something a little slower, why not book an alpaca trek with Alpacaly Ever After? The friendly team offer alpaca walks with their self-nicknamed ‘Wooly Army’ in scenic locations across The Lakes! This unique activity is great fun and perfect for couples and families. Advertised as being beneficial to physical and mental wellbeing, Alpacaly Ever After is a hit amongst locals and holidayers alike.

Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft

Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft offer a range of outdoor adventure activities on both water and land. Enjoy a leisurely canoe session, a busy bushcraft day or a week-long expedition during your stay at our Lake District Holiday Park. Whatever activity you choose, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable day out. No previous experience is required and all specialist equipment is provided.

Getting to Crummock Water

It takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to get to Crummock Water from Park Cliffe Caravan Park, but we think the views are well worth the drive. Access is via the B2589 – through Buttermere if travelling from the North, or through Thackthwaite if travelling from the West.

There are a number of parking spots dotted along the B2589 adjacent to Crummock Water. Alternatively, parking is available at Scalehill Bridge (CA13 0RT) or Lanthwaite Green Farm (CA13 9UY).

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