There’s an infinite variety of ways of walking round Windermere and different people will have different ideas as to how far they wish to walk. We’ve put together a classic tour that closely follows the route of the Windermere Way with one or two minor but appropriate diversions. This tour is four good but relatively easy days walking.
For organised groups we can put together bespoke tours of three days (if you like to stride out) or longer if you want a rest day or to take in other areas. Please email to discuss your requirements.
This tour follows the basic route of the Windermere Way visiting all the fell tops and lake shore paths. There are one or two short diversions to facilitate lunch stops.
Your holiday starts with a welcome meeting at a local pub. We’ll go over the route and equipment requirements and answer any questions.
10.00 am The first days walk starts from Bowness Pier. We’ll walk north along the lake shore, continue over Orrest Head, then drop down into Troutbeck for a lunch stop at the Mortal Man Hotel.
After lunch we’ll stroll up Wansfell with it's commanding views of Windermere and the fells further north then it's down into Ambleside. Transport back to your hotel in Windermere.
Restarting in Ambleside we’ll climb Loughrigg Fell, enjoying views in all directions. From the top we drop down to Skelwith Bridge then down the lanes to lunch at the Drunken Duck.
Rejoining the route at Pullwoods, it's back to the lake shore then up over Claife Heights before descending to the ferry to return to Bowness.
We meet up again at the ferry and walk along the pastoral western shore of the Windermere before climbing the little known Stott Park Heights and on to a picnic lunch at High Dam. In the afternoon we skirt the bottom of the lake and ascent Gummers How for a spectacular view northward.
Return by minibus to Windermere. Anyone wishing to return via the lake steamer, can do so from Lakeside.
Taxi back to Gummers How, then through the woodlands of Blakeholme, over Moor Howe and along the Winster Valley. Finishing on another fine viewpoint of Brantfell, then back down to Bowness.
We’ll aim for a mid afternoon finish for this section so that people wishing to return home the same day may do so.
What’s not included?
Accommodation We have a list of accommodation providers, all of whom are either run by good friends, or that we have personally inspected. You don’t have to book at any of these but they are a good starting point.
Transport Transport links are not included. If you choose to return on the steamer, please budget the extra for the fare, similarly with the ferry. If I get a taxi back at the end of the day, you are more than welcome to share it (and we usually get a big one).
Meals Where possible we will stop at a pub for lunch so you need to budget for this. On days where there is nowhere convenient you will need to bring a packed lunch.