Easy Walk to Orrest Head from Windermere

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Route Summary:

Short and easy walk to the fine viewpoint of Orrest Head in Windermere.

2.45 km 196 m 1 hour

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start and Finish: Windermere


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Route starts from near the Windermere railway station.

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Easy Walk to Orrest Head from Windermere Details

In this easy walk from Windermere in the Lake District, climb up to the summit of Orrest Head to see where Wainwright got his inspiration. This was the first summit a young Wainwright ever climbed, and was worthy of an entire chapter in his Outlying Fells Guidebook. It’s usually ascended from near the railway station with a road leading for most of the way up. It’s under 3km in distance, and the summit is only 238m high, so it makes an ideal short walk to blow away those cobwebs and stretch those legs after a long train or car journey.

On the summit is a name plate to identify the panorama in front of you, with the big fells of the Lake District being visible from here including –  Scafell Pike, Coniston Old ManGreat GableFairfield and the Langdale Pikes.

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Dave Chick

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