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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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  • Have been going to windermere for the last 17 years and find the scenery spectacular.have visited orrest head and the views were spectacular.i enjoy going on the boats on the lake,either hiring a... 
    Have been going to windermere for the last 17 years and find the scenery spectacular.have visited orrest head and the views were spectacular.i enjoy going on the boats on the lake,either hiring a...  more »
  • Can be a quick walk up and down the same way , a bit longer by going over the field and back down to the ‘start ‘ or even a little bit longer , almost down to the main road from. Ambleside . Have... 
    Can be a quick walk up and down the same way , a bit longer by going over the field and back down to the ‘start ‘ or even a little bit longer , almost down to the main road from. Ambleside . Have...  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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