Saturday 22nd December – 3 Peaks of Windermere

Title: ‘3 Peaks of Windermere’
Overview: A leisurely walk to three low hills surrounding Windermere and Bowness, combining woodland and grassy open terrain with open views of Lake Windermere and surrounding countryside. This walk will have a social element to it, including a cafe/pub stop in Bowness.
Meet time: 10.00am
Finish – 14:00-15:00 approx (depending on how long may wish to spend in cafe/pub in Bowness)
Car Park: Broad Street pay and display in Windermere town centre (parking in Windermere town is limited, you may wish to find a spot on nearby residential streets if don’t want to pay the prices!).
Public Transport: Windermere is served by the 555 lakes line bus between Lancaster and Keswick runs hourly, and also Windermere Station – check times and services, given propensity for Northern to limit services on Saturdays currently!)
Gradient: Easy in the main, with three modest short climbs (no more than 250 m in total)
Terrain: Easy, on mostly grassy/gravel paths, but with a short pathless section at one point
We start from Windermere, and walk up Orrest Head, through lovely woodland. Reaching the top we will hopefully have excellent views of Windermere Lake and the central Fells. This is a prized viewpoint. We descend through more woodland and cross the A591 heading towards the second ‘peak’ School Knott. Walking over pathless grassy terrain we cross the Windermere-Oxenholme branch railway line and ascend to the summit, which again has excellent views to Windermere and the central fells. Descending down to School Knott Tarn we then follow part of the ‘Dales Way’ and make our way through open grassy terrain, and make our way up to the third peak of the day ‘Brant Fell’. Hopefully again we will have great views of the fells, and Lake Windermere. From the summit its a short easy climb down into Bowness. We will then have a hot drink somewhere and a bite to it. People can if they make there way back to Windermere at there leisure if don’t wish to stop for drink/food taking the main road – its about a mile slight uphill  – there is a bus service as well. Otherwise for those who do wish to stay, we will take a more scenic route back to Windermere either on the western or eastern edge of the town – about a half hour walk back followed by a further drink in Windermere for those who want to linger a bit longer – perhaps do some last minute christmas shopping! – there are some great local craft/gift shops in Windermere and cafes/bars.
Whilst this is a low level walk, please bring appropriate footwear, and clothing – waterproofs if forecast is rain, and warm clothes. If it is icy/snowy – spikes for your boots will come in handy as even low level paths can be troublesome. The walk leader may cancel the walk if forecast is especially bad – i.e. heavy incessant wind/gales storm force winds, or heavy snow is forecast – in such weather roads often become blocked anyway.
Please contact Damian by 6pm Friday 21 December – 07796654031 if wish to come.