Walking the Windermere Way

I walked the original route for the Windermere Way during the winter of 2000 and it's a while since I revisited some parts of the walk. The lovely spring sunshine tempted me out this week. As I live in Windermere the far side of the lake beckoned and in bright sunshine I boarded the Windermere Ferry. The LDSPB has been busy installing new signs to direct tourists to Beatrix Potter's former house at Hill Top.

This little chap was hoping for an early lunch.

At the top I left and turned down the road to Cunsey, rejoining the lakeshore path a little further on. There were a few folk on the path but very little activity on the lake itself, until I neared Rawlinson Nab when a farmers shotgun startled a large flock of Canada Geese who honked noisily across the lake before settling a flurry of spray.

Further south, and across the road the day really warmed up and the views back up the lake from Stott Park Heights were really clear. Moving on I swiftly arrived at High Dam which despite the sunshine was completely frozen over.

Not having time to continue the last mile as I had an urgent appointment, I dropped down to the road and returned back to the ferry. Unfortunately I failed to heed my own advice. The ferry was there but it was full. I had to wait 20 minutes for it to return and was late back. Still the day was too good miss.

Windermere Way now on Lake District Outdoors site

The Lake District Outdoors website is one of the leading information portals for the Lake District. Whatever your sport, if it takes place in the great outdoors and in Lakeland, you’ll find information here. There are links to walking, climbing, cycling (on and off road), canoeing, sailing and much more.

The site is managed and published by Cumbria Tourism so the information is high quality and useful. There’s also a simple to enter competition this month where you can win £100 worth of Lowe Alpine clothing courtesy of George Fisher in Keswick.

White Cross Bay

In October I mentioned the history of the Short Sunderland flying boats that can be found at www.flyingboatsonline.org

The site is now a popular caravan and chalet park. One of the Chalets for hire is Langdale View Lodge. Click this link for details www.lakeslogcabin.co.uk/index.htm