Windermere Way

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Start: Bowness on Windermere
Grid Ref: SD400968
Distance: 41 miles (66 km)
 
Climbing: 2,405 metres
Walk time: 16-20 hours
Days: 3-4

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Summary: The Windermere Way is a 41 mile circuit of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. The route mostly follows footpaths and bridleways though there are some short stretches of road walking. The walk circumambulates Windermere and includes just about all the accessible lake shore paths together with ascents of the high points around the lake. The route is broken down into four sections that most people will manage in a day’s easy walking. The Windermere to Ambleside walk starts at Bowness Bay and follows the lake shore northwards before ascending Orrest Head, dropping down again to cross Trout Beck then taking to the high fell tops, visiting Wansfell Pike the highest point on the walk. Between Ambleside and Ferry House, the walk starts by climbing Loughrigg Fell, then drops down again past Loughrigg Tarn and on to a pleasant lakeside stroll by Wray Castle. It then climbs steeply again, to give views from Claife Heights, finishing at Ferry Nab. Between Ferry Nab and Lakeside the route passes through Cunsey and winds along the western shore of Windermere, visiting High Dam at Finsthwaite before concluding at Lakeside Steamer Pier. The final stretch from Lakeside back to Bowness is the longest and doesn't touch the lakeshore at all, but does afford some excellent views from Gummer's How and lovely walking through the woods. The route connects with the Dales Way at Bowness and Cumbria Way at Skelwith Bridge. (Source: Wikipedia)


Useful Links:
The Windermere Way Website
Long Distance Walkers Association


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