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Orrest Head, Windermere

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Lookout · Historic Walking Area
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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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  • Lovely walk with steep incline up the hill but also a flatter wheelchair path - views from the top are stunning 
    Lovely walk with steep incline up the hill but also a flatter wheelchair path - views from the top are stunning  more »
  • Parked on the street at the bottom of the walk, only gave us an hour so had a brisk stroll up the hill. Very easy and well signposted walk with different levels of strenuousness. Nice to see the... 
    Parked on the street at the bottom of the walk, only gave us an hour so had a brisk stroll up the hill. Very easy and well signposted walk with different levels of strenuousness. Nice to see the...  more »
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  • Very pretty. Not a long walk either, you could be up and down within an hour if you want. The day that I went was a bit misty, but that worked in our favour as the trail wasn't so busy. It definitely seems like somewhere that would be crowded on a day of good weather. Certainly worth a visit in any event.
  • The best place to see Windermere lake from the top is orrest head. Its approx 3 km walk to the top and amazing location and thick forest like feelings. Even in summer the walk ways covered by trees and you feel cozy.

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