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Orrest Head

Windermere, England
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Windermere
Type: Lookouts, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Bristol
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Suggested by the hotel, I found this a challenge because I'm not very fit, but for most people it would be a reasonably easy walk I think. And it was worth the effort - views from the top are fab, even on a drizzly day. Afterwards I felt very accomplished, and justified in ordering Sticky Toffee Pudding after dinner.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Every year we stay in Windermere we take the 20-30 minute walk up to Orrest Head to take in the breathtaking view. It is a small investment in effort for an amazing return, and a great way to start a visit to the Lakes if you arrive in the mid afternoon.

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Burscough, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Amazing Views! A reasonably easy climb, the majority on tarmac'd roads (we did it in trainers!) and well worth the "mild" effort

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notts, england
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This walk took us 25-30 mins up to the top (and I am not the fittest and 5 months pregnant!) It is a combination of road, woodland track, and stoney steps so you do need to wear appropriate footwear as it can get a little slippery if wet. You start opposite the Natwest bank on the main road - right... More

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Peterlee, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Had an early morning walk up Orrest head with husband and teens. Easy access from the village and a lovely walk to the top.There are plenty of seats all the way up for a rest or just to take in the views.Once at the top amazing 360 degree views so don't forget your camera.

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Kamloops, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The walk is not too strenuous, and we are 60 and 60+. There is a good path and other hiker/walkers to encounter in the 30 to 45 minute walk up. It was drizzle-raining and windy when we went, but gorgeous at the top. A magnificent view of the countryside and lake.

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Doncaster
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28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A roughly 30 minute walk will bring you stunning views, worth wearing walking boots for grip as it can be slippy and taking a leaflet if available at the start of the walk as the signage could be a bit better. But this is free and worth the steeper sections, you do need some level of fitness for this but... More

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
76 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is only a short walk from the town centre and is a "must do" as the views across Lake Windermere are stunning! It is a fairly steep climb but there's a seat at the top to relax and take in the view. The last time we came here it was early evening and the sunset over the lake was... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
36 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

great sweeping views of windermere and the surrounding countryside...would really recommend it. its about 20 minutes up from windermere

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leeds
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Best view of windmere ! For a short walk uphill which is amazing. Takes about 20-30 mins. Easy to find the start opposite the tourist information centre on the main road in Windermere.

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