Fells over Windermere

  • Short walk through quiet fellsides
  • Lovely hidden tarn for a picnic
  • Views over Windermere and its lake

I never thought walking from Windermere could be so much pleasure! To the east of Windermere lie 2 small, but rugged fells which enclose a delightful, but seemingly nameless, tarn all of which have appeared to bypassed all walking guides. School Knott and Grandsire may become more popular in summer but on this glorious Spring day I found them practically empty with the crowds sticking to the lakeside or even the better known Orrest Head.

The views over Windermere and the lake are excellent, giving truth to Wainwright’s oft quoted theory that the better views are often not from the highest points. From the ‘unnamed’ tarn I joined the final yards of the Dales Way (a long distance walk from Ilkley to Windermere) and past some grand old houses from where it is easy to imagine Victorian families emerging and taking a walk down to the lakeside. Heathwaite Manor is a particularly good example. I also enjoyed the lovely copse before reaching the fellside at the start of the walk, all in all a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

Recommend: From the gate to the east of the tarn is the path up to the 2nd summit of Grandsire which is definitely worth a short extension.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East
Start Point: SD 417955. Park anywhere in Windermere. Head south east to High Lickbarrow and take the public footpath from here. There is no access from Heathwaite.
Height to Climb: 166 ms (544 feet)
Terrain: Easy and clear once the start point is found
Eating & Drinking: Plenty of choice for anyone but I would recommend a picnic near the unnamed tarn.
Similar Walks Nearby: Orrest Head, Windermere
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