Orrest Head - The First Fell Wainwright Walked

Views of Lake Windermere......

If you are looking for a short but extremely rewarding walk, then look no further than Orrest Head in Windermere, and remember to take your camera.

You access the foot of the walk from the main road, opposite Nat West bank. A path swerves through woodland, passing the wonderful blacksmiths - Steve Hicks, and leads you to the kissing gate onto the start of Orrest Head. The path, if you can indeed call it that, leads to a steep scramble right at the end. But then you are rewarded with this beautiful view of Lake Windermere:

Lake Windermere

The RAF do a lot of training over the Lake, so get your camera ready and you may get a shot like this:

Orrest Head is a hill in the English Lake District on the eastern shores of Windermere. It is the subject of a chapter in Wainwright's The Outlying Fells of Lakeland, and the first fell he climbed. He describes it as "our first ascent in Lakeland, our first sight of mountains in tumultuous array across glittering waters, our awakening to beauty" and also as "a fitting finale, too, to a life made happy by fellwandering".