GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Claife Heights

6 miles (10 km)

Claife Heights lies between Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water in the Lake District. It's a splendid area for a walk with peaceful woodland, a number of tranquil tarns and wonderful views over the surrounding lakes. It's a special place as it has a distinctive feel to the rest of the lake district. It was also a place visited regularly by Beatrix Potter who lived at the nearby Hill Top.
This circular walk starts at the ferry landing on the western shore of Windermere. You can catch the ferry from Bowness on Windermere. The route then heads to Far Sawrey before climbing through woodland to High Blind How, the high point on Claife Heights at 270m (890ft). The walk then passes a series of delightful tarns including Wise Een Tarn and Moss Eccles tarn. Beatrix Potter owned Moss Eccles and donated it to the National Trust after her death. The tarn is stocked withwater liliesand fish, and surrounded bypretty rhododendrons. It's a particularly tranquil spot and one you'll want to stop at for a while. From the tarn the walk then descends on a good path to Far Sawrey and then on to the ferry.
An alternative route takes you to the National Trust view point of Claife Station along the western shore of Windermere. See the video below for details of this.
If you'd like to continue your walking in this area then you could visit the nearby Wray Castle or climb to Latterbarrow Hill.

Claife Heights OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Claife Heights Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Claife Heights Trig Pillar - - 1484931

Claife Heights Trig Pillar

At Brown Stone Moss on Claife Heights

A shallow body of water at Brown Stone Moss

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View from the summit. The trig point on the top of Claife Heights (270m or 886ft above sea level). This is the top of the high ground between Windermere and Hawkshead.

Wise Een Tarn - - 106070

Wise Een Tarn is on the top of the Heights, and from here in clear weather you can see a wonderful panorama from Coniston to the Langdale Fells.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Claife Heights.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)