Lakeland Walking Breaks

Orrest Head


Orrest Head

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Post Knott and Brantfell

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Cockshott Point

Bowness and Windermere

Claife Heights and Far Sawrey

Biskey Howe and Sherrifs Wood


Accommodation near to Orrest Head

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Belsfield Hotel, a Lake District Hotel in Bowness on Windermere The Burn How Hotel, a Lake Distrcit Hotel in Bowness on Windermere
Thornbank House, a lake District Guest House in Windermere White Lodge, a Lake district guest house in Bowness on Windermere

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Orrest Head sits to the North East of the town of Windermere, and commands superb views over the lake and mountains.

The viewpoint has a special place in the history of fell walking as it was here that the celebrated guide book author Alfred Wainwright first fell in love with the Lake District. He had travelled to Windermere by train in 1930, alighted at Windermere Station and taken the short walk to the viewpoint. Once there he was totally entranced by the view, and it is not difficult to see why. Each year many thousands of visitors, and a good few local residents, take the short walk to the summit and experience the same emotion as AW did all those years ago.

The picture at the top of the page is from Orrest Head summit, looking North. It does not do it justice, in fact I do not think I have ever seen a picture that has ever captured the beauty of the view from Orrest Head. This really is one walk that you have to experience for yourself.

The views take in more than Windermere. To the North East lies the hamlets of Near and Far Orrest, with the Kirkstone Fells as a backdrop..

To the South West lies Bowness Bay, shrouded in mist in this still from our video.

While to the North West, the Langdale Pikes stand proud, with Bowfell, Crinkle Crags all clearly visible.

Little wonder that Wainwright was inspired, and you will be too. No pictures can ever do the view from Orrest Head justice. You just have to visit for yourself.

Before you go yourself, why not check out our
video of the walk up Orrest Head


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