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Easy Walk to Orrest Head from Windermere

By Dave Chick   

on March 13, 2018    No ratings yet.

Easy Walk to Orrest Head from Windermere

Further Details

Route Summary:

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

Route Start Location: Windermere

2.44 km 192 m 1 hour

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

Activivity Type: Easy Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


All facilities in Windermere.



Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

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Public Transport:

Route starts from near the Windermere railway station.

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Easy Walk to Orrest Head from Windermere Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Easy Walk to Orrest Head from Windermere

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.

Click here to view the full description. Images and GPX files used with permission of the route author.

Dave is our Lake District local expert, often found in the depths of Cumbria he's the author of his own part on the web, All the Gear but no Idea.
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