Where is this walk?

Gummer’s How

August 30, 2018

Gummer’s How is a short climb to a wonderful view point on the south east shores of Windermere. The rocky summit is a taste of Lakeland in miniature. The views make any trip here worthwhile.

The Walk

1054′. Wainwright neglected to include Gummer’s How in his seven main guides, probably due to its insignificant height (less than 400 foot of climbing), but added it later to his Outlying Fells collection. His amusing description here challenges any walker to reach the summit. However if they fail to, he suggests the potential climber invests in pipe and slippers rather than walking boots! It is a simple walk, takes no more than half an hour up and down but is worthy of greater exploration. Little rocky outcrops and heather clad slopes are the order of the day on Gummer’s How. There are excellent views both up Windermere and also down, beyond Newby Bridge and the sea. With nothing else of any interest on the east shoreline of Windermere Gummer’s How is a real find and should be included for all who stay in the area.


Although Wainwright talks of the elderly I would add that it is a great first family walk. A worthy summit and has little scrambles ideal for younger children.

Gummer’s How is one of my favourite 25 walks in the Lake District.

Navigation Tips on Gummer’s How

I returned via the same route but if you head north for 10 minutes then turn right a path skirts the fell’s lower slopes.

  • Nurul says:

    Did this walk on new years day. What beautiful view. Went again a few weeks later with more friends. Just breathtaking view. Easy enough walk. What something similarly spectacular to try new years 2020 if you have any suggestions

  • John Holland says:

    Gummers How, what a lovely walk and very pleasing to reach the summit. We had a beautiful day with clear skies and a light breeze. I’m sure that we could see Blackpool Tower but never got confirmation.

  • Karen Baxter says:

    There are cafe facilities at Fell Foot park, which is, as it suggests, below the fell on the edge of the lake. An ideal family day out, fell and lake.

  • gummers how – gods own paradise on earth

  • E H Wrigley says:

    This is an absolutely fabulous walk to do with young children – a short interesting climb – there is even a small rock face for them to scale – my children are now teenagers and ‘though they are long past the challenge of Gummer’s How it remains one of their favourites due to all the fabulous memories.

    The view from the top makes this an absolute winner – a great way to enjoy a picnic if you don’t want to go far but do want stunning views.

    An ideal pre-Christmas dinner walk too! Or perhaps a last walk in the Lakes after you’ve left your holiday cottage, before returning home?

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