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5 great fell walks near Windermere

PUBLISHED: 09:51 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25 03 August 2018

Panorama Over Water Head and Lake Windermere by John Cobham

Panorama Over Water Head and Lake Windermere by John Cobham


Lake Windermere is over 10 miles long and is surrounded by a several beautiful fells, we pick some of our favourite walks that are ideal for anyone visiting the area.

View from School Knott by Denise DixonView from School Knott by Denise Dixon


This walk starts out in the tourist hotspot of Bowness, but instead of heading to Lake Windermere, it heads east to enjoy the views from School Knott.

Click here to view the directions for the Bowness walk

The view from Orrest Head by Keith CarterThe view from Orrest Head by Keith Carter

Orrest Head

Start out at the town of Windermere and make your way to the top of Orrest Head where you will be rewarded with views of Scafell Pike and Great Gable as well as the jagged outline of the Langdale Pikes and the wave-crest outline of the Kentmere range.

Click here to view the directions for the Orrest Head walk

The view from Gummer's How by Stewart SmithThe view from Gummer's How by Stewart Smith

Gummer’s How

This starts and ends at Gummer’s How car park near the top of Fell Foot Brow has woodland, Tarns and craggy fellsides.

Click here to view the directions for the Gummer’s How walk

The Rusland Valley by Keith CarterThe Rusland Valley by Keith Carter

Finsthwaite and Rusland Valley

Finsthwaite is in the south-west end of Windermere, just a few miles north of Newby Bridge. This walk explores the Rusland Valley with the Old Man of Coniston constantly on the horizon.

Click here to view the directions for the Rusland Valley walk

The glorious view of Ambleside from Wansfell by John LenehanThe glorious view of Ambleside from Wansfell by John Lenehan

Wansfell and Troutbeck Circuit

Start out near Stock Ghyll Force in Ambleside and head out towards Wansfell Summit before a long descent towards Troutbeck and back to your start.

Click here to view the directions for the Wansfell walk

All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

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