Woodlands, meadows and lake shore of Windermere

Duration:Half Day

This is one of my favourite walks and is excellent for all the family, with a wonderful mix of woodland, grassy meadow and lake shore to explore. This short walk will give you some of the best access to Windermere’s eastern shore line, with a truly wonderful views across the lake as a bonus.

Make sure you look out for some of the thousands of ducks, geese and swans that visit Lake Windermere each year. Away from the lakeshore you can climb Queen Adelaide’s Hill, named in honour of Queen Adelaide, consort of William IV. She came ashore from her boat at Millerground to climb the hill in 1840. Finally there is the woodland to explore with a lovely mix of native plants. This place really does have something for everyone!

Further Information

Parking is available at Rayrigg Meadow car park (Local Council pay and display), there are limited free parking spaces in the lay by. There are picnic tables and benches. Public Toilets: on site, further toilets available in Bowness on Windermere. There is a play ground on site to tire out the little ones even more... In Bowness: there are a range of shops, cafe’s, restaurants and public houses.

How to get here:

By Car: A591 from Kendal. Turn left at Cooks House Roundabout for A592, towards Bowness on Windermere, to Rayrigg Meadow pay and display car park.

By Roland Wicksteed

Ranger. It is a privilege to live and work in this beautiful area; it is unique. I am based at Windermere and Troutbeck. My favourite work is drystone walling and hedgelaying. I enjoy instructing Working Holiday Groups in both of these traditional crafts. Part of my work involves keeping the numbers of "invasive non native species" down as much as possible. I also continue to work on a project, the aim of which is to increase the numbers of the scarce touch me not balsam plants,(yellow flowering plants in the image's background!) which the rare netted carpet moth depends upon for its survival. The numbers of moths and plants are mainly restricted to a few small sites in The Lake District.

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How to get here

Millerground & Adelaide Hill, Windermere

Rayrigg Road
Windermere LA23 1

Ordnance Survey OL7
The English Lakes
South Eastern area

SD 401 987

Get Directions

By Bus: 555 Bus, regular service from Kendal.
By Boat:Windermere Lake Cruises runs a service that stops in Windermere. From here, either walk, cycle or drive up A592 Rayrigg Road. From the car park follow the sign to the Lakeshore.
By Train: Windermere Station.

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