Windermere is well situated for lower and higher level walking. It is located between the central Lakeland fells of the north and the level country of the lush Lyth Valley and Newby Bridge region of the south. there is something for all tastes and abilities in this beautiful area. Mountain bikers can enjoy a fantastic day in the woods on the slopes of Wansfell between Windermere and Ambleside. Or can cross the car ferry to Sawrey and nearby Claife Heights. In Ambleside you will find a fine selection outdoor stores, offering everything you may need – gear, maps and guidebooks. See below for some of our favourite local routes:
This was the first peak walked by legendary Lake District rambler and writer Alfred Wainwright, and we can see why it inspired him to begin his Lakeland odyssey. The views are simply breathtaking, and do not require hours of effort to discover. The track is well-established, and the start of the walk is clearly signed from the top of Windermere Village on the main road.1 hr.
A small peak overlooking Windermere village, School Knott summit can be reached via country lanes and rolling pasture-land, and a little tarn that provides a lovely picnicking opportunity. Once at the top, you will enjoy wonderful views over the village and lake. 1 hr.
You can create a walk of various lengths and heights in stunning hills and woods above Lake Windermere. The most well-trodden route takes you towards Ambleside over the lower slopes and loops back round over the rocky peak of Wansfell. You can also choose to do either the steep fell walk or the leveller track separately. Start from Troutbeck village near the post office. 2-3 hrs.
Once visited by Queen Adelaide, consort of William IV, and named in her honour, Adelaide Hill and nearby Millerground offer a short but varied walk with terrific views across Lake Windermere. You will find some excellent places to picnic and relax amid meadows, hillside, wooded shoreline, and there are even waterfalls here. Lakelovers strongly recommend following in Queen Adelaide’s footsteps during your stay in one of our Windermere cottages. Go to the bottom of Birthwaite Road from Windermere village, and turn right, parking in the car park that lies a little way along Rayrigg Road. ¾ hr.
Towards the bottom end of the lake, Gummer’s How provides a short but rewarding ascent. The car park on the road running up the side of the hill from the A592 starts you off part way up the hill, and though the peak is rocky and steep in places, the views more than make up for any exertion. 1 ½ hours.