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Windermere

Cumbria


Slow Ways linking Windermere and Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Coniston, Kendal, Shap, Staveley

England / Cumbria / Windermere

Windermere’s six Slow Ways are 63% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 4/6
verified: 3/6
and surveyed: 2/6

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Slow Way Route To do
Ambleside—Windermere
Ambwin one

Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 104m Descent 172m
Ambleside—Windermere
Ambwin two Survey me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Bowness-on-Windermere—Windermere
Bowwin one

Enjoy me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 1m Descent 73m
Bowness-on-Windermere—Windermere
Bowwin two Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Coniston—Windermere
Conwin one Verify me Distance 27km/16mi Ascent 892m Descent 818m
Windermere—Staveley
Windsta one Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 257m Descent 222m
Windermere—Kendal
Winken one Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 543m Descent 461m
Windermere—Shap
Winsha one Pioneer me Distance 29km/18mi Ascent 983m Descent 857m

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Collective progress

69% of Windermere’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

8/8

drawn

6/8

reviewed

3/8

surveyed

5/8

verified

12 people have contributed to Windermere’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Windermere

58km out of 105km have been walked and reviewed

223km of reviews have been shared in Windermere

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Overall, the pavements are wide, well surfaced and lit, with the exception being once in Bowness town, where they are narrower and subject to congestion. For those wishing to take a quieter, less direct route, Bowwin Two would be preferable....

Dannywith

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An excellent walk over the low fells to the south of the main road between these two places....

Paul Chilcott

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I was going to walk the much more interesting Ambwin2, but due to heavy rain the night before which continued all day during the walk, I opted for this more direct route....

Paul Chilcott

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An excellent route and not much longer than Bowwin1, which takes the shortest route along the main road. Much quieter and through leafy suburbs, posh houses and a short stretch of woodland before entering Bowness through a back street....

Paul Chilcott

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As it follows the main road between the two places, I would imagine there is often a lot of traffic, but as we did this one at night, it was not too busy (but no photos worth including)....

Paul Chilcott

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The wall it is stuck to may be private property but the steps from one pavement to the other is surely the highway....

Tim Ryan

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Plenty of pubs cafes and shops and with views of Windermere and the surrounding hills....

Tim Ryan

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Not much in the way of refreshment stops, but plenty at either end and some great picnic spots on the way....

Tim Ryan

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As pointed out this is shared with cyclists but my experience in late November was that there were a few slow/careful cyclists on the path and any fast cyclists were on the road. But as pointed out in previous reviews the route is flat, easy to navigate, direct and with great views.?...

Tim Ryan

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Fairly easy navigation, Nice and safe with stunning views. A superb walk as is or two if broken at Ambleside....

Tim Ryan

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We walked it from Staveley to Windermere, which has the advantage of great views of the higher Lake District fells....

Jo Wood

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A fairly easy walk to Windermere from Ambleside Starts in the centre with excellent shops and cafes. On route there is a Tesco and a couple of Spars for refreshments. The route is pavements to Ambleside pier then shortly afterwards you find yourself near the stunning lake. Further on you will pass the Low Wood bay whos bus stop is reportedly the most scenic in Great Britain with views over the lake. The Low Wood also has a water sports centre with activities for hire. Next you will pass (some pathways are narrow here Brockhole visitor centre and White Cross bay before reaching The Sun Inn with a left fork just before it. A small incline leads you on. Later you will walk some pathways in woodland before eventually dropping down into Windermere Quite a good walk but I prefer Amwin two. Happy walking!...

Anthony Aldred

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A nice quiet little walk gently uphill from Bowness to Windermere Starting at the junction in Bowness where the Magic Roundabout cafe is. A short walk later passing the bowling green and rugby club. Onwards through pleasant woodland onto a road with large houses which is very quiet, left at the junction and left again on college road back around Windermere town centre to the train station, bus pick up point and Booths. A recommended short...

Anthony Aldred

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Anthony Aldred took this photo on Ambwin one

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This is a really pleasant walk from Ambleside to Windermere via woodland and hills overlooking lake Windermere often. As regards suitably I would say that you would need to be on foot and reasonably fit as there are elevation changes that may need you to have a minute. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Starting in Ambleside where there is an abundance of shops and food amenities. Also a Tesco for your packed lunch if you haven’t brought one already. Also I would recommend the Apple Pie shop. Best apple pie I’ve ever tasted! Onto the walk, leaving Ambleside streets you begin uphill after a short time which is reasonably steep in parts. Plenty of places for momentary stops to take in the view of the lake and fields. Also a few seats natural or otherwise. Lovely wooded area further on with some streams. Very peaceful. More uphill while you climb higher and views of the lake are stunning! Further on hillsides and rolling fields with sheep and cows grazing. Other walkers seemed to be quite prepared with their walking (ski type) sticks and good footwear. I would definitely recommend walking boots due to the sometimes uneven surfaces. Plenty of places for a lunch stop and a place on route too. Down the hill to Windermere with a few uphills too. All very pleasant A great walk ending near Windermere train station and bus hub. Easy to catch a bus back to Ambleside. I think it’s the 599 only costs £2 17/05/23 Oh one point to note is that the gps signal if using a smart phone is not that great so location accuracy is not perfect. My cell provider is O2 so may vary. That said if you are heading towards Windermere with the lake on the right of you there are also various signs too so you shouldn’t go far off track. Happy walking!...

Anthony Aldred

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Anthony Aldred took this photo on Ambwin two

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Easy short, accessible route that we walked from Windermere bus station (after getting an open topped bus in from Ambleside). Although on the main road, so quite a few cars but plenty of green, shops and cafes on the way. It’s downhill as well… :-)...

Gismay

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Pleasant easy walk between towns, but not a walk if you want to go rambling in the countryside....

Linz

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Its a lovely route with a mixture of terrains and some terrific views of Lake Windermere just after the climb out of Ambleside....

Luke Reader

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The Bowness end of the route is a bit tricky and less attractive through an estate - I'd suggest using Lake Road to get between Longlands Road and the centre of Bowness....

Luke Reader

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This is a wonderful route that typifies what makes a good Slow Way – some ancient tracks, spectacular views over Windermere and towards the Langdales but still direct between Ambleside and Windermere. Navigation is generally easy but there are a couple of points where it is easy to go off route....

Jo Wood

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This is the main road route between Windermere and Bowness so presents no problem with navigation....

Jo Wood

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This is a short route as Bowness is essentially a suburb of Windermere but the route is a pleasant one that avoids the exceedingly busy main road connecting the two....

Jo Wood

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Very nice walk, a bit of care in navigation needed, potential for a bit of mud and unevenness underfoot in some places. One small tweak - at the Staveley end of the walk it makes sense to cross the footbridge with green railings (see my 3rd photo), rather that take the southeast-then-northwest diversion round it....

Luke Reader

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Possibly useful as "bail-out" route if the weather is particularly poor or you are very tired....

Jo Wood

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This is a beautiful walk with stunning views of Windemere from both Todd Crag and High Skelghyll, and visiting the very pretty village of Hawkshead. It is a long walk taking about 8 hours plus stops but there are plenty of pleasant opportunities for refreshments, and you can do it as 2 legs stopping at Ambleside. I got a bit lost in Grizedale forest, not due to a lack of paths, but due to a multiplicity of them eventually having to stay as close as I could to a compass bearing....

JimK

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This is a beautiful and interesting route with a good range of views and different environments. It is vastly better than AMBWIN1...

JimK

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Ambleside—Windermere

Steve Lenartowicz added Ambwin two, a new walk from Ambleside to Windermere

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This is the most direct route from Ambleside to Windermere but it follows a busy main road. There is a pavement most of the way but you do have to cross the road more than once....

Steve Lenartowicz

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The route leaves Windermere via several residential roads with a width-restricting barrier near the start....

Mary Oz

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If you want to walk between Ambleside and Windemere there is a much better route as described in the Ambleside to Windemere section of route Conwin one....

JimK

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Windermere

Mary Oz surveyed Windermere

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A lot of people go to the town of Windermere expecting to see England’s largest lake. They usually end up driving or walking to Bowness....

Mary Oz

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The bulk of the route though, is the quiet and lovely Longlands Road, a great alternative to the main road....

Mary Oz

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Bowness-on-Windermere—Windermere

Andrew Dillon added Bowwin two, a new walk from Bowness-on-Windermere to Windermere

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This is a decent, efficient walk, skirting above Windermere, thus avoiding the road for this part, and ending/starting at Windermere Railway Station. However, nearly all of the route is using roadside paved paths - to be fair this still a good trip, but some fun can be had with a decent map, if you don't mind a couple of extra miles......

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Windermere—Shap

Neil Summersgill added Winsha one, a new walk from Windermere to Shap

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Ambleside—Windermere

Slow Ways added Ambwin one, a new walk from Ambleside to Windermere

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Bowness-on-Windermere—Windermere

Slow Ways added Bowwin one, a new walk from Bowness-on-Windermere to Windermere

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Coniston—Windermere

Slow Ways added Conwin one, a new walk from Coniston to Windermere

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Windermere—Staveley

Slow Ways added Windsta one, a new walk from Windermere to Staveley

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Windermere—Kendal

Slow Ways added Winken one, a new walk from Windermere to Kendal

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Windermere’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SD4141798630

Lat / Lon

54.37979° / -2.90344°

Easting / Northing

341,417E / 498,630N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Windermere's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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