Walking and Rambling around Windermere, view of Troutbeck Valley

Walking and Rambling around Windermere

Overview

There's a great choice of high and low level walks in the area, from easy walks around the beautiful Troutbeck Valley to the high fells in the east. Don't miss a walk up Wansfell Pike, a moderate climb rewarded by panoramic views. The Kentmere Horseshoe is stunning. Spend a day walking the 11-mile beautiful ridge line, taking in amazing views over the Kentmere and Troutbeck valleys. High Street is one of the highest mountains on this loop. Its ridge had a Roman road running over the top of it and during the 18th and 19th centuries locals used it as a racecourse!

What makes it special

  • Beautiful scenery
  • Walks suitable for all level of abilities

Hostels nearby

Walking and Rambling around Windermere

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Map references

OS Grid Ref: NY395045

Lat/Lng: 54.432303, -2.93415

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Watersports

Watersports in Ambleside

The Lake District was made for wild swimming and with this hostel right on the edge of England's largest lake, Windermere, it would be rude not to.

Indoor climbing wall

Ambleside Climbing Wall

Here at Ambleside Climbing Wall there's an indoor climbing wall, bouldering room, and cafe. There's also a room dedicated to climbing gear, which can be hired.

Troutbeck Village

Troutbeck Village

A truly unique village, located in a lovely unspoilt valley, nearly every building is over 100 years old, and some are over 300 years old. Visit the Village website (Note: Not to be confused wit

BMC Hill Walking

BMC Hill Walking Event 2020

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Cycling in Ambleside and Windermere

Cycling in Windermere

The best cycling is out of season when there's less traffic. There's an endless variety of cycling routes from quiet lanes to high mountain passes.

Windermere

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere.  See the house first created by William Gaddum, a silk merchant from Manchester, as his family's 'summer house'.  Brows

Rydal Mount

Rydal Mount

Moving on from the Wordsworth family home to his own house in the village of Rydal, the great poet lived, wrote and entertained here from age 43 until his death at 80 in 1850.

Mountain biking in Windermere

Mountain biking in Windermere

There are miles of bridleways around the beautiful Troutbeck Valley and a challenging ride over Garburn Pass to the quiet Kentmere Valley.

cycling

Cycling in Langdale

Get out and about on your bike and enjoy the landscape. Wherever you want to explore, you can ride as far as your legs will allow you.

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

Visit the barely-changed home of famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. You'll find plenty to inspire you in the museum too.

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Walking and Rambling in Hawkshead

A short walk from the hostel takes you to the highest point in the area, Latterbarrow, where there's a huge eight foot high trig point and stunning views of the whole of Lake Windermere.

Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

At over 10 miles long, the picturesque ribbon lake Windermere acts as an irresistible magnet at the heart of the Lake District.

St Oswalds Church

St Oswalds Church

1.8 miles William Wordsworth has a simple tombstone in the churchyard - one of the most visited literary shrines in the world. Visit the website  

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Enjoy the wonderful aroma of freshly baked gingerbread and sample the delights inside the tiny shop.