There is a fine way to link these two busy centres in a pleasant two hour walk. The shoreline of the lake is visited twice between Bowness and Windermere.
It is tempting to say that there is no decent options for a walk between Bowness and Windermere. Certainly both towns are sprawling and there is a lot of buildings to navigate. However there is an enjoyable walk which, even though it is unlikely you will be without company, is full of interest and variety. There is some attractive woodland, parkland and lakeside to contrast with the hectic nature of Bowness. Windermere is provides a different atmosphere to Bowness, a little more traditionally Lakeland. Either may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they both offer a fine range of shops and pubs. If you are tempted for a little climb in Windermere have a look at the great view point of Orrest Head.
The main path on the Bowness and Windermere walk bisects the busy A roads on each side and passes through a very affluent parkland of trees, rugby grounds and splendid looking houses. On the return to Bowness there is some road walking but along a pavement and not for too long. Prior to this is the section along the shores of Windermere. Even for the fell walker it is worth trying once, possibly on a wet day!
I have started the walk at Bowness but this was mainly because there is more choices of places to park. The reality is that it is just as good to start from Windermere or even one of the car parks near the shoreline.
The walk along the shoreline takes some picking, the path not being particularly obvious around Rayrigg Hall boathouse. It was actually under water and I needed to cut inland.
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