Bowness is situated between the central Lakeland fells to the north and the lower-lying countryside of the green Lyth Valley and Newby Bridge area to the south. There are many excellent options for shorter and longer walks. And everywhere you go you will enjoy some of the loveliest scenery in the country. Mountain bikers will find excellent trails, especially if they cross the car ferry to Sawrey and nearby Claife Heights. Or else enter the Troutbeck valley and take the Garburn Pass to remote Kentmere. Alternatively head north over the rugged marches of Wansfell to Ambleside. In Ambleside, an array of outdoor stores and bookshops will provide all you need in the way of walking gear, maps and guides.
Here are a few of our favourite local rambles:
A short, easy wander with great lake views. As you walk along Glebe Road from the steamer pier and pass the Ship Inn on your right, you will come to a large gate on your right at bend in the road. Through the gate gives access to the level pathways through fields and by the lakeshore at Cockshott Point, easily accessible for all, including those with limited mobility. ½ hr.
Superb views and an adventurous rocky summit idea for children to explore, all for little effort. The start of the walk is easily found at the top of Windermere Village. Situated on the main road a short way down from the train station as if heading toward Ambleside. It is well signed from the pavement. 1 hr.
This is one of our favourite local walks. It provides some of the best access to the shoreline on the east side of Lake Windermere, and excellent picnicking opportunities. You can park in the car park on Rayrigg Road, a couple of miles from Bowness centre. Before ascending the hill above it and dipping down to the tree-lined lakeshore below. Millerground is the section of the walk by the lake, and Adelaide Hill is the small grassy hill above it. It was historically associated with Queen Adelaide and her visit to the area. The views are outstanding, and the short ramble provides plenty of interest throughout. 3/4 hr.
Starting from Troutbeck village near the post office, you can walk to Ambleside over lovely countryside with spectacular views, and loop back round over the steep summit of Wansfell. You can also choose to do either the fell walk or the cross country ramble separately. 2-3 hrs.
One of the nicest and simplest fell walks towards the southern end of the lake. Starting from the car park on the small side road that runs up from the A592 means you have gained some height already, and the walk to the summit is quite short, though steep and rocky in parts. The views across the southern end of Lake Windermere are excellent, and achieved with relatively little effort. 1 ½ hrs.