The Windermere Way

A spectacular walk around Windermere

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The Windermere Way is a circular walk that takes you right around Lake Windermere. The route includes most of the accessible lake shore paths together with ascents of all the high points around the lake. It offers some stunning walking and an ever changing vista of Windermere.
Lake Windermere is the largest of all the lakes in the Lake District and also the largest in England. At 10.5 miles long it has it’s head in the mountains and it’s foot almost on the coast and is surrounded by some stunning and very varied scenery.
Windermere is the largest town in the Lake District and it’s position on the lake does mean that it attracts far more than it’s fair share of trippers. Nonetheless it makes a good base with easy road and rail links. It only takes a few minutes walk to be clear of the bustle and be out on the lakeshore or the adjoining felltops.
This walk circumambulates Windermere and includes just about all the accessible lake shore paths together with ascents of the high points around the lake. It thus offers an ever changing vista of the lake and visits both popular and out of the way places.

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The Bowness to Ambleside walk starts at the steamer pier on Bowness Bay and heads north It joins the lake at Millerground before climbing Orrest Head and Wansfell then descending to Ambleside read more …
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Between Ambleside to Ferry House the route first climbs Loughrigg for impressive views of Windermere and several other lakes and the high lakeland fells beyond, before joining the shore path read more …
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The southern reaches of Windermere are quieter and less dramatic than the northern basin, a place of quiet shorelines, sylvan glades and hidden tarns, time to rediscover your soul read more …
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The longest section of the Windermere Way looks on the lake from afar. Gummers How, Moor How and Brantfell offer ever changing views, with delightful woodland in between read more …