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Orrest Head, Windermere
(4.9/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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. Using our world travel planner, Windermere attractions like Orrest Head can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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TripAdvisor
  • Spectacular views even on a misty day. Clearly marked paths, can be slippery with wet leaves but totally worth the trek up. 
  • Nice walk up the back of Windermere to a good view point. Sadly weather wasn't good that day. We continued past to lengthen our walk. 
  • Highly recommend this walk. Nice and gentle with a choice of paths. Stunning views of the lake and fells when you get to the top. 
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  • Wow! What a great place to visit. Very easy to get there, just 20min up the hill through the forest. We found it a bit difficult to find the start of the pathway - its behind a Windermere hotel, you need to go a bit up the hill and there is a gate on the left, thats where you start your root. Beautiful views when you get there, worth it.
  • This view is incredible. I highly recommend coming up here during sunset; you won't regret it. Worth the little hike to the top for a wonderful view of Windermere.
  • This place is awesome. you have to walk for 10 minutes to reach the top, but it is worth it. you will be able to see all the windermere lake from there.
  • 20 minutes walk up to one of the best views in the Lake District. This was Alfred Wainwrights introduction to the Lakes and you can see why he fell in love with the place.
  • Great views of Windermere and the surrounding valleys. Note. The walk up is quite steep and there is no managed footpath.