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Orrest Head - Windermere

Orrest Head Windermere - one of the Lake District's shortest and easiest walks and it was this very walk that inspired Wainwright

orresthead-windermere Perfect for those whose joints are no longer capable of strenuous fell walking and for families with small kids who just want to get out into the fresh air and experience one of the most spectacular Windermere views.

The path is paved for most of the route. The walk is a steady gentle climb out of the "village of Windermere.
There is a pay and display car park by the railway station and Booths supermarket (just off the A591 in the centre of Windermere opposite the Nat West Bank).

The beginning of the path to Orrest Head is clearly marked by the above signpost.

Orrest Head - introduction to a dream

Orrest Head WindermereWhen Wainwright first visited the Lake District back in 1930 he got off the bus from Blackburn and made his way up Orrest Head without even a thought of where he would sleep for the night.

He had heard that Orrest Head was a recommended view point of the Lakes and he describes the occasion as an 'introduction to a dream'. A dream that inspired his moving to Cumbria and becoming one of the counties best known authors.

Windermere Restaurants

Looking for a restaurant near Orrest Head?

The Lamplighter

Windermere RestaurantJust a few minutes walk from the beginning of the Orrest Head Walk, The Lamplighter combines a great pub atmosphere with a restaurant menu. A favourite with both locals and visitors (and our family who are a mixture of both!)

If you are a large group then booking is definitely recommended, as this is family friendly pub is a popular spot!
For more information, directions and reservations call +44 (0) 15394 43547

Windermere - Walk from the Door

  • * Sleeps 6 : cot available
  • * No Pets
  • * Woodburning stove
  • * Windermere 1 mile : Kendal 10 miles
This semi-detached cottage provides the perfect base for local Windermere walks, such as Orrest Head. ReadGuest Reviews and check availability of North Lodge

Lake District Cottages - Windermere

Take a look at our other Lake District Cottages in Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside. Cottage nr Lake Windermere

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