Winter Walks from Birkdale HouseBACK
3rd December 2021
With the highest mountain, the largest lake and scenery to die for, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to do in the Lake District this Christmas. So we’re sharing our favourite walks from Birkdale House in a bid to make it a little easier for you. And better still, you won’t even need to take the car because they all start at the front door.
So dig out your walking boots, wrap up warm and off you go.
Brant Fell lies right at the heart of the Matson Ground Estate, and just a few hundred yards (as the crow flies) from Birkdale House, so it’s a relatively easy walk. The views from the top are stunning and well worth any effort. What’s more, you can be there and back in under an hour – the perfect start to the day.
Orrest Head is said to be the place where author and fell-walker, Alfred Wainwright, first fell in love with the Lake District. And once you reach the top, it’s easy to see why. The views of the Lake District fells and Lake Windermere are simply breathtaking.
It’s a little under two miles to the summit of Orrest Head. Simply head into Bowness and follow Lake Road up to Windermere. The path to Orrest Head begins opposite the Windermere Tourist Information Centre and has been fully tarmacked, making it accessible for those with wheelchairs and prams.
The Dales Way
The Dales Way runs right through the Matson Ground Estate and is only about 150 metres from the front door of Birkdale House. Of course, how much of the 80-mile trail you walk is entirely up to you – it stretches all the way to Ilkley in West Yorkshire. This is an easy-to-follow route through beautiful countryside, and when you’ve gone far enough, you can simply turn around and head back to Bowness and a long, leisurely lunch. Or follow one of the other footpaths that lead off the Dales Way if you fancy a more circular option.
Cockshott Point and Ferry Nab
For an easy lakeside ramble, Cockshott Point and on to Ferry Nab is absolutely perfect. Stroll down into Bowness and head to the lake. Walk past the jetties (to your right) and into Glebe Road. Follow the road until it bears to the left at which point you carry straight on through a gate and into fields. Cockshott Point, with its lovely lake views, is a short distance to the right. To reach Ferry Nab, simply follow the lake shore (keeping it on your right).
We’ll finish with a toughy, but for those of you who are up for an adventure, what a day out. Head up to Windermere and take the track to the summit of Orrest Head, before dropping drop down the other side into Toutbeck, where you can begin your ascent of Wansfell Pike. The views all the way to the top are simply amazing. From the top you can just turn around and come back, but why not make a day of it and head down into Ambleside for a well-earned bite to eat before catching a bus back to Bowness (or even one of the Windermere Lake Cruises)?
There are so many walks from Birkdale House you can enjoy, exploring Bowness and Windermere, so if you’d like any more information about these or any others you may have heard of, please do get in touch – we’re only too happy to help.