The Vale of Lorton is a sequence of valleys leading from Cockermouth  up to Honister Pass at the far end of Buttermere. The journey provides stunning views of Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater amidst the magnificent mountain scenery of Grassmoor, Red Pike, High Stile and Haystacks; Wainwright's favourite tranquil hide-away. The village of Buttermere lies between the two lakes and many spectacular waterfalls cascade into the valley; Sour Milk Ghyll and Spout Force to name but two. The head of the valley climbs Honister Pass to the famous Honister Slate Mine, which now operates as a tourist venture providing visitor excursions into the mines. The descent in to Borrowdale offers spectacular views all the way down to Derwentwater and Keswick.


In the village of Lorton, behind the site of the original Jennings Brewery, stands the Lorton Yew, immortalised in a poem by William Wordsworth. Not long after the poem was written, storm damage reduced the tree's 27 foot girth to a mere 13. The thousand-year old Lorton Yew still stands to this day and shows little of the original damage. The Mayor of Cockermouth's chair is made from broken half of the tree.  John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached under it between 1752 and 1761 and George Fox, founder of the Quakers, also preached here to a large crowd which included a number of Cromwellian soldiers.