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Orrest Head, Windermere

For a family-friendly stroll with excellent views of Windermere and the southern lakes, walk to Orrest Head. This simple route requires no prior hiking experience, as you'll follow just one well-marked trail. The entire journey takes 45-60 minutes on foot from nearby Windermere. Be wary of the paths near the top of the trail, which may be steep for those with physical limitations. If you prefer to return by a different route, take the footpaths back to the village from the top. Make Orrest Head a centerpiece of your Windermere vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Windermere tour itinerary planning app .
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  • Parked in the train station car park over the road from the start of the walk. The tarmac road was a bit strange at first but it was worth the walk. The view was excellent and great for panoramic phot...  more »
  • Very busy but with lots of walks around, difficult as no dogs are allowed off lead. Great boat trips  more »
  • the 3 odd mile walk from Windermere to Orrest Head is very worthwhile and is both enjoyable as a walk with stunning views from this viewpoint. A truly lovely place to just admire the superb views.  more »
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  • Beautiful walk through the forest, leading to an amazing 360 view of the area. Highly recommended for people who enjoy a little hike.
  • Best viewpoint I've ever been at. Can't wait to come back there!
  • Wonderful walk and amazing views from the top.
  • Quite an easy ascent & the views are well worth the 20 minute climb.
  • Amazing experience... The view is brilliant...

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Lakeside resorts with views of the town and Lake Windermere sit along the shores. Pubs and shops flank cozy B&Bs and inns in the town's center. The town's historical center is close to the lake and offers transportation to outlying attractions.
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