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

MBlackburn Coach

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

Burnley Coach

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

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