GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Windermere Walks

4 miles (6.5 km)

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 (230m) and offers a view of four sections ofLake 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 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Windermere Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near 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
  • Staveley Cumbria - A circular walk around the Cumbrian village of Staveley


In the town there is a wide selection of bars and cafes. The Crafty Baa is a good option with an excellent selection of craft beers and a good menu. Indoors there's a warming fire and a small patio area outside. The cosy pub can be found at 21 Victoria St with a postcode of LA23 1AB for your sat navs. The inn is also dog friendly if you have your pet with you.


Booths at Windermere Railway Station - - 459996

Booths at Windermere Railway Station

Towards Ings from School Knott - - 135101

Towards Ings from School Knott

The view from Grandsire - - 1418955

The view from Grandsire

School Knott Tarn - - 1418929

School Knott Tarn


GPS Files

GPX File

Windermere.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Windermere.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)