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Windermere - Walking Around the Lake


51 km / 32 miles
A circuit of the whole of Lake Windermere, England's longest and largest natural lake, which can also be done in stages. Much of the lake shoreline is privately owned, on the eastern side especially where there is little shore access. The route keeps as close to the lake as is sensible, though at times is up to a mile from it, with the compensation of some good viewpoints not only of the lake but of the fells and more distantly the Howgills, the Pennines and Morecambe Bay. In total there is about 4700ft (1435m) of ascent, mostly gradual.

Among the points of interest are Jenkin's Crag, Holehird with its gardens, Townend House, Orrest Head, Bowness, Gummer's How - the highest point, Fell Foot, Stott Park Heights, Rawlinson Nab, Ferry House opposite Bowness, Claife Heights and Wray Castle.

The publication describes the route in detail in a clockwise direction, with a briefer anti-clockwise alternative. The route is split into four or five sections conveniently arranged for steamer/ferry and bus links and with some lower level options. There is a rail link to Windermere.

This LDP now makes use of a public access route for walkers and cyclists which runs alongside the busy B5286 from Pullwood (NY 3600 0197) to Clappersgate (NY 3652 0332).


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging
Start and Finish: NY376031 - Waterhead Pier, Waterhead, Cumbria View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2007

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Windermere : walking around the lake  (Carnegie Publishing  - 2006 )


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Route Profile:

51.0 km (31.7 miles)
1,357 m (4,452 ft) ascent
303 m (994 ft)  maximum height

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