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Couple walking through the fells overlooking a lake in Windermere

Home to some of the finest walks in the UK, Windermere offers ample opportunity for your to explore the true delights of the Lake District and discover unrivalled views across the countryside.

From craggy fells to imposing historical forts, our carefully curated listed of incredible walks in and around Windermere has it all! Whether you’re an avid hiker or just looking for an unforgettable adventure in the great outdoors, this list is sure to have you reaching for those walking boots and planning your next escape.

Read on to discover 7 of the best Windermere walks…

1. Wray Castle Walk

Wray Castle in the Lake District

Starting at the 17th century viewpoint of Claife Station, the Wray Castle walk will take you along the breath-taking west shores of Windermere, where you can admire far-reaching views across the water to the nearby fells. Take the long, winding path through mature woodland towards a sleepy bay and head uphill to St. Margaret’s Church, continuing along the grand driveway that leads up to the mesmerising 19th century fortress of Wray Castle.

Enjoy a bite to eat in the castles very own bistro or head down to Wray Castle Scenic Point for a lovingly prepared picnic on the banks of the lake, as you allow your legs to rest before venturing back along this picturesque trail and catching the ferry over to Bowness-on-Windermere.

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Distance: 4.3 miles
Duration: 1hr 30 minutes
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2. Gummer’s How Walk

Views of Lake Windermere from Gummers How in the Lake District

Proudly positioned on the south-east shores of Windermere, the short yet awe-inspiring hike up Gummer’s How is sure to impress! Make your way through a small wooded area with beautiful pine trees and emerge onto a smooth footpath where you can delight in a relaxing stroll, before scrambling up some steep stone steps and a rocky terrain that leads up to the summit.

When you arrive at the top of this glorious hill, embrace your stunning surroundings as you appreciate panoramic views of the encompassing landscapes and capture the moment on your camera.

Distance: 1.5 miles
Duration: 45 minutes
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3.  Cartmel Fell Walk

Views of Lake Windermere from the fells

Also known as Raven’s Barrow, Cartmel Fell walk takes you around the South Lakeland Tarns, along a charming pebbled pathway, crossing the luscious open fields up to Wainwright summit.

Here you can take a seat in the cairn and enjoy the vast views to the far-eastern fells. Make your way back down to the quaint village of Cartmel for a tour of the picture-perfect priory and old gatehouse.

Distance: 3.4 miles
Duration: 1hr 30 minutes
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4. Brant Fell Walk

Views of the Lake District from Brant Fell

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Bowness-on-Windermere as you set about on the enthralling Brant Fell walk. Venture through the luscious open countryside towards the fantastic viewpoint of Post Knott, where you will be treated to stupendous vistas. Continue your uphill climb to the two stone pillars that mark the summit of Brant Fell.

Begin your descent down to Dales Way following the quiet road back to the centre of town, and reward yourself with a refreshing beverage in one of the many local pubs! If you enjoy a refreshing pint or glass of wine at the end of a strenuous hike, you might like to try one of our picturesque Lake District pub walks.

Distance: 3.3 miles
Duration: 1hr 30 minutes
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5. Orrest Head Walk

Views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells from Orrest Head

A firm favourite amongst many outdoor enthusiasts and the route said to have catapulted Alfred Wainwright’s writing career, the walk to the top of Orrest Head is nothing short of spectacular. Resting just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Windermere, this brisk walk is perfect for walkers of all abilities.

Set off along a long and winding road, following the twists and turns as you make your way towards the leafy landscapes of Elleray Woods. Continue up the steps towards the viewpoint and discover Alfred Wainwright’s diorama, detailing the fells that you can see from this spot.

Distance: 2.7 miles
Duration: 1hr 10 minutes
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6. Loughrigg Fell Walk

Views of the mountains from Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District

One of the more lengthier walks on our list, Loughrigg Fell is a must during any escape to the Lake District. With incredible views, wonderful woodland and remarkable landscapes guiding you along the way, it’s little wonder this splendid circular walk can be found in Alfred Wainwright’s guide to the Lakeland Fells.

Setting off in the town of Ambleside, this gentle yet invigorating walk will lead you up to the heights of Loughrigg Fell and back down along the tranquil country lane that lines the southern shore of Rydal Water and back to the cobbled town of Ambleside. Should you wish to extend your walk, be sure to take a detour along the idyllic and historic Coffin Route towards Grasmere and take in the magnificent views across the water.

Distance: 5.8 miles
Duration: 3hrs 30 minutes
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7. Wansfell Pike Walk

Kirkstone Pass on Wansfell Pike

A steep yet wonderful circular Lake District walk, the hike up Wansfell Pike is certainly worth the effort! Starting off in the town of Ambleside, this route follows an attractive bridleway along to the vast woods of Skelghyll, where you can spot the glistening waters of Stock Ghyll Force and the impressive Jenkin’s Craggs.

Upon reaching the top of Wansfell Pike, take a moment to soak up the panoramic scenery that looks out over the town and surrounding fells, then start your journey back to the centre of Ambleside, where you can indulge in a delicious meal and head back to the comfort of your holiday home to rest your feet.

Distance: 5.8 miles
Duration: 4hrs
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Discover our ultimate Keswick walks for more wonderful walks in the Lake District and if our guide to the best walks in Windermere has you planning your next adventure in the great outdoors, seek inspiration from our helpful Windermere travel guide.

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