Windermere and Claife Heights walk - Walks Around Britain

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Walks from Season One - Windermere and Claife Heights
A 3 mile easy walk along the west shore of Windermere and then up through the Claife Heights to the Victorian viewing point of Claife Station on National Trust land.

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Walk Info
3 miles (4.8km)
Minimum time
1¾ hours
Total ascent
328 ft (100m)
Level of difficulty
Well defined paths &
permitted route - gentle rise
4 gates
Grid SD 3970 9582
On leads
Pay And Display Car Park off B5285
Public Transport
Bus - 517 - Windermere to Patterdale
In Bowness
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Route Directions

  • Start the walk from the landing stage at Far Sawrey on west side of Windermere lake.

  • With the landing stage behind, walk along the B5285 and follow it around as it bends until a wooden public footpath sign points to the right.

  • Walk through the gate and continue on the path around as it the right as it follows the line of Mitchell Wyke Ferry Bay.

  • The path joins a road path which enters the National Trust's Claife Estate.

  • If you want to walk along the shoreline, then leave the road after the path emerges from the trees.

  • Follow either the shoreline or the road path until the you come to a gate on the road path.

  • Go through the gate, and turn to walk up the first path on the left.

  • This starts to climb steadily into Belt Ash Coppice.

  • On the left will be views of Windermere through the trees.

  • After climbing up, a path on the left signposted for Far Sawrey appears.

  • Go through the kissing gate and steadily start to decend.

  • Station Scar Wood is on the left and Mitchell Knotts on the right.

  • Follow the footpath as it continues to decend, eventually getting steeper as you get nearer to the water of Windermere.

  • Soon, you walk past the Claife Viewing Station, owned by the National Trust - which is worth a look.

  • Continue to follow the footpath down, and it reaches the B5285 through a small gap in the stone wall.

  • Turn left and walk along the B5285, taking care with traffic coming behind you.

  • Follow the road around the bend to the right, past the ferry charges sign and round past the gate you walked through at the start.

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Relevant Links

Beech Hill Hotel - High Biggin Luxury Holiday Home
Where we stayed for our walk - the Beech Hill Hotel's fantastic luxury holiday home.

Lake District National Park - Exploring

Information about visiting the Windermere area from the National Park

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