Holme Wood Bothy, Watergate Farm, Loweswater, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0RU

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National Trust owed Holme Wood Bothy offers basic accommodation in a spectacular secluded location, just a few metres from the shore of Loweswater. This stone tent provides a roof, kitchen area and sleeping platform and visitors are advised to bring their own equipment, as for camping, such as plates, matches, sleeping mats and sleeping bags, etc. If you are looking for a remote and basic getaway with easy access to the lake, Holme Wood Bothy is the perfect choice. The bothy has a small open plan kitchen/dining area with wood-burning stove (initial wood supply provided) and table/benches. A gas ring cooker (gas provided) is available. Sleeping is on wooden flooring in a separate room, split on two levels with the upper sleeping area accessed by a wooden ladder. Please be aware that sleeping areas are communal and you need to bring your own sleeping bags and mats. Outside there is a composting toilet. The cold tap is not drinking water - drinking water available outside the ranger's workshop at Watergate Farm. Loweswater is great for canoeing- bring your own canoes. Photos: ©NationalTrust/Paul Delaney, ©National Trust Images/David Noton & ©National Trust Images/John Malley This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    6- BYO mats and sleeping bag.
  • Open:

    All year. All day.
  • Price per night:

    Low season: £60/night High season: £70/night
  • Booking:

    Book via National Trust Holidays
  • Directions:

    From Loweswater take the first turning on the right after passing Loweswater lake. Note: if you get to the village of Loweswater you have gone too far! -Follow the country lane until it forks and take the right track. You will see a Car Park on your right, park here. -By foot, follow the track and Watergate Farm is the first property on your left -Go through the farm, bearing always to the right. -Continue along the cart track following the lake edge. -The bothy stands half a mile beyond the farm on the right of the track. (This is a private road owned by National Trust.) -It is possible to drive up and park outside the bothy. However please be aware that parking is strictly limited to three cars.
  • Public Transport:

    The Stagecoach 77 bus to/from Keswick stops at Lanthwiate Green Farm on the B5289. About 2.5 miles walk from the bothy.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available to individuals, has a pub within walking distance and is on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award page, the camping barn map and the National Trust Bunkhouses map.


aMixed dormitories
fSleeping bags required
hSome areas heated
oMeals available locally
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
\A National Trust Property
5Very basic accommodation


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News & Offers from Holme Wood Bothy

Holme Wood Bothy: home to waters so tranquil they mirror the landscape in perfection.

June 4th 2019

A National Trust property nestled in the heart of the Lake District on an organic working farm Farm.

Loweswater is great for canoeing- bring your own canoes.

Holme Wood Bothy

Holme Wood Bothy

February 11th 2018

Over looked by the craggy peaks and moorlands and bound on two sides by water…

Holme Wood Bothy on Watergate Fram, Loweswater in the English Lakes. 

What a great place. Unselfconsciously defining itself as a bothy or ‘stone tent’ it is proudly simple accommodation. It has an open plan kitchen dining room downstairs featuring a gas ring, woodburning stove and single tap as well as a shared sleeping area upstairs which is accessed by a ladder, and a composting toilet outside. Some will be thrilled by the adventure of it all and the ‘close to nature-ness’ of it. And, yes you do have to bring all your own gear – just as if you were camping. 

But let’s get on to the real joy of staying in a bothy: the landscape. They are alyways in amazing locations. This one is near Loweswater village which lies on a flat stretch of land between the lake of Loweswater and Crummockwater. It is very much a road less travelled. Over looked by the craggy peaks and moorlands and bound on two sides by water, you’ll be itching to stride out and explore. Walking, climbing, canoeing, cycling: its a perfect spot for all those and more besides. 

The site is managed by The National Trust, so you’ll be sure its well looked after. The landscape, though is yours to enjoy. 


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