Windermere, a small town in the heart of the Lake District, is a hiker’s paradise. With its stunning scenery, challenging trails, and close proximity to some of the most beautiful hikes in the region, Windermere is the perfect starting point for your next hiking adventure. Here are the top five hikes to check out when you’re in Windermere
1. Orrest Head
2.1 miles round trip
This short hike, which starts just a few minutes’ walk from Windermere train station, offers breathtaking views of the surrounding fells and lakes. The trail is very well-marked and easy to follow, making it a great option for hikers of all abilities.
More information and to download route map visit the Lake District website here
2. Helm Crag
4 miles round trip
This short but challenging hike takes you to the summit of Helm Crag, also known as “The Lion and the Lamb,” providing stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The trail is steep and rocky in places, but the views from the top are well worth the effort.
For the full details of the route to take visit the Windermere information website here
3. Wansfell Pike
4.7 miles round trip
This moderate hike takes you to the summit of Wansfell Pike, offering views of Windermere, Ambleside and the surrounding valleys. The trail is well-marked offering a mix of open moorland and some wooded areas.
4. Loughrigg Fell
6.5 miles round trip
This popular hike takes you to the summit of Loughrigg Fell, offering views of Grasmere and Rydal Water. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, making it a great option for hikers of all abilities.
4. Fairfield Horseshoe
10 miles round trip
This challenging hike takes you on a circuit of Fairfield and its surrounding peaks, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trail is steep and rocky in places, and can be muddy in wet weather, so be sure to bring appropriate footwear.
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking to explore the beautiful Lake District, Windermere is the perfect starting point for your next hiking adventure. With so many incredible trails to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect hike to suit your abilities and interests. Happy hiking!