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Orrest Head Windermere Walk

September 20, 2016

It is easy to forget the obvious sometimes, and it was only because I had visitors staying who wanted a quick and simple walk with views, that I realised that I hadn’t written about Orrest Head.

View from Orrest Head

View from Orrest Head

One of the claims to fame that Orrest Head has is that it is the subject of a chapter in Wainwright‘s The Outlying Fells of Lakeland, and the first fell he climbed. He describes it thus “our first ascent in Lakeland, our first sight of mountains in tumultuous array across glittering waters, our awakening to beauty” and also as “a fitting finale, too, to a life made happy by fellwandering”.

Orrest Head Sign

Orrest Head Sign

Access to Orrest Head is just near Windermere Railway station and across the A591 via the pedestrian crossing where you will see this sign. Both the woods you approach through (Elleray Woods), and Orrest Head are managed by Windermere Town Council and you may find a leaflet at the start of the walk which they produce. It gives a handy guide to wildlife you might spot on your way to the viewpoint. The wood covers an area of approximately 18 acres and was probably laid out in the 19th century. The area was originally owned by Arthur Henry Heywood and in 1902 his widow and daughter gave Orrest Head in trust to Windermere Urban District Council to be held for “public walks or pleasure grounds”.

Board with Map

Board with Map

It is an easy walk on a metalled road to start with, then through the woods. At a leisurely pace about half an hour to the top. It is a busy little walk and when you reach the top you will find a stunning view of Windermere in all it’s glory.

Orrest Head View

Orrest Head View

Don’t forget to look behind you too.

View from the top

View from the top

Wondering what you are looking at? There is a handy guide to the surrounding fells.

Windermere and High Fells

Windermere and High Fells

So if you have some spare time in Windermere I can highly recommend taking a detour to Orrest Head. Lots of view for little effort.

Panorama Orrest View

Panorama Orrest View

 

 

 

 

2 Comments
  1. Looks lovely. Another place to add to my ever growing list of places to see in the Lakes 🙂

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