With its mainline train station, beautiful lake and excellent facilities Windermere is a popular tourist destination for walkers. One of the best walks is the Windermere Way long distance trail. This takes you all the way around the lake visiting a series of pretty villages and hills with excellent viewpoints across the water.
The easy climb to Orrest Head is also a favourite. The fine viewpoint is located very close to the town centre and train/bus staion.
You can also walk to the bottom of the hill and visit the village of Bowness where you can catch boats from the quay.
This nice walk from the train station visits two of the lesser known fells of the area. It heads south east through quiet roads before climbing to School Knott hill. The hill stands at 760 feet (230 m) and offers a view of four sections of Lake Windermere. After taking in the views you continue to the pretty School Knott Tarn before climbing to Grandsire Hill where there are more fine views to enjoy. Around here you can pick up the Dales Way long distance footpath and follow it to Staveley via Brackenthwaite.
Windermere Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Windermere Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Windermere OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Windermere Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Other Walks around Windermere
- Windermere to Ambleside Walk - This is a nice scenic route between two of the Lake District's premier towns
- Windermere Way - A circular walk around Lake Windermere in the beautiful Lake District
- Orrest Head - Orrest Head was the first fell climbed by Alfred Wainwright
- Dales Way - This wonderful walk takes you through the fabulous Yorkshire Dales and on into Cumbria and the spectacular Lake District
- Claife Heights - Claife Heights lies between Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water in the Lake District
- Bowness - With its lakeside location the village of Bowness-on-Windermere is a lovely place to visit