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Friday, 8 August 2014

Orrest head view point

This walk started out from Windermere, there are carparks that are fairly central but we dropped lucky on a large layby that had a maximum 2 hour stay, plenty of time as this is only a short walk.
The walk started on a Tarmac path opposite the old bank and heads uphill zig zagging it's way towards the Blacksmiths cottage. Here you can stop and take advantage of a break in the trees which opens out a view of Lake Windermere and provides a good photo opportunity. The walk then continues up a steady incline until you reach the main viewpoint, Orrest Head.
From this point you get 360 degree views of the surrounding area but most impressive is the view of the Windermere valley and the whole lake. I've tried to get the whole lake in the picture but as I only had my phone the photo isn't the best. 
If the weather is fine this is a perfect spot to feed and water the kids whilst taking in the view.
Panoramic view of Lake Windermere from Orrest Head
The walk then heads down from Orrest Head through the fields to a road which passes a farm before heading off through a small wood and skirting around the bottom of the viewpoint and back towards Windermere.
As I said earlier this is only a short walk so it leaves plenty of time for a visit to nearby Bowness on Windermere for a spot of retail therapy or as in our case Ice creams all round, including a marzipan flavour which my daughter said was very nice!