Exploring Bowness and Windermere

  • Explore Bowness and Windermere
  • Linked by attractive parkland
  • Visit the Windermere shoreline

There is a fine way to link these 2 centres of hectic life which makes for a very pleasant couple of hours. The shoreline of the lake is visited twice. Once in traditional Lakeland manner, through some very attractive woodland, and once in the hectic chaos of Bowness. The two towns also contrast each other and, although not everyone’s cup of tea, do offer a fine range of shops and pubs.

The main path linking Bowness and Windermere 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. I have a suspicion this is one of the most popular walks in the Lake District and for those more used to urban walking it ihas certainly a lot going for it. Even for the fell walker it is worth trying once!


I have started the walk at Bowness but this was only for convenience. The reality is that it is just as good to start from Windermere or even one of the car parks near the shoreline.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25000. OL7 English Lakes South East Buy Map
Start Point: SD 399966. There is parking at the Marina in Bowness but to be honest this walk can be done just as well from Windermere or even parking on the A592 road.
Height to Climb: 100m (320 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking on wide tracks. The lakeside path is good and any road walking has a pavement.
Eating & Drinking: Plenty of choice in Bowness and Windermere
Similar Walks Nearby: Quiet Lands near Underbarrow
Quiet lands east of Windermere
A short climb up Gummer’s How
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