3rd December 2017
Coach Trip to Windermere
Windermere does not actualy sit on the lake, that honour belongs to Bowness on Windermere. The town of Windermere lies 1 mile to the north of the lake. The towm achieved its name after the coming of the railway in 1847. The station was established on the open fell, but was known as Windermere. much to the anoyance of the locals on the lake.
Our two coaches will rendezvous at Burton in Kendal services for a short comfort stop and then continue on together to Windermere . Please make sure you join the correct walk and will independent walkers leave details of your names and routes with your courier on the coach and a mobile phone number if available. Due to the recent wet weather there will be a lot of mud and slippery surfaces today so please do take extra care and be aware of the conditions whilst walking.
A Walk Leader Tony Culverhouse Moderate 11 miles
Today we head north from Bowness, through Tayrigg Wood to the town of Windermere. From the town we head up an access road and woodland path to the spectacular viewpoint of Orrest Head (700ft). Then continue via fieldpaths to Far Orrest and a series of tracks and country lanes leads us gradually up hill to Limefitt Park campsite. We then start to descend past Dubbs reservoir and follow the road for about a mile then along a track which crosses the railway and joins the Dales Way. We then start to climb to the summit of School Knott (more fine views) before descending back into Windermere. Please note: Because of time limits it may be necessary to shorten the route.
B Walk Leader Chris Thornley Moderate 9 miles
We leave the coach at the village of Ings on the A591and take minor road to Grassgarth then head north to High House and High Borrams. Then down Borrams Lane to Manor Howe, along Moorhowe Road to Dubs Road, up to Garburn Road. We then take Longmire Road to Allen Knott and on to Far Orrest, Howe Hill and down to High Hay Wood. Along Elleray Bank and into Windermere.
C Walk Leader Paul Brown Moderate 8 miles
Starting from Windermere we climb to enjoy the views from Orrest Head; the same views which in 1930 so inspired Wainwright’s lifelong love of the Lake District. Descending from the viewpoint we walk towards The Causeway Farm, then eastwards to Broadgate Farm, Grassgarth, and then to Ings to cross the A591 road. We walk under the railway, on to Whasdike, through Schoolknott Plantation, then climb to the viewpoint on School Knott. After descending from School Knott we walk northwards then turn southwards to eventually join the Dales Way, before descending steeply into Bowness where the walk ends. Tertrain varies - road walking, country lanes, tracks, field and woodland paths, very muddy in places, smooth rock at ground level, some stiles, so care is needed. Lovely lake and mountain views from the viewpoints.
D Walk Leader Roger Haythornthwaite Easy 4.5 miles
Leaving the coaches at Windermere Station we walk downhill to the parish church of St Mary’s. Take a walled path followed by track by waterfall to Low Middleground on the banks of Lake Windermere. Proceed along a lakeshore path and leave it near Rayrigg Hall. Take Rayrigg Road to Bowness. Walk through the town and along the promenade to reach Cockshott Point and the car ferry. Retrace our steps slightly along a good path and lane to coach park.
Pick up time for return journey. 4.45 pm from the coach park at Bowness. 5.00pm from the station/Booths supermarket at Windermere. Please do not ask the driver for extra stops on the way home as this can be dangerous and make the return journey longer for everyone. Blackburn coach to drop off at Darwen first on return journey.
Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points
08:00 Darwen : Boots Duckworth St
08:05 Darwen : Lynwood Avenue
08:05 Ewood : Empire Theatre
08:10 Blackburn : Penny Street
08:20 Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog
08:25 Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre
08:35 Accrington : Whalley Rd, opposite Music Box
08:40 Accrington : Victoria Hospital
08:50 Clayton : Hare and Hounds
08:55 Harwood : Nightingales Garage
09:00 Whalley : King Street
09:05 Clitheroe : York Street
08:15 Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road
08:20 Colne : Colne Bus Station
08:20 Colne : Library
08:25 Colne : Alkincoates
08:30 Barrowford : Heritage Centre
08:40 Nelson : Bus Station
08:45 Brierfield : Town Hall
08:50 Burnley : Brennard Street
08:55 Burnley : Bus Station
08:55 Burnley : Tim Bobbin
09:00 Padiham : Whitegates
09:05 Padiham : Town Hall
09:10 Clayton : Hare and Hounds