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A big day out in the Lakes.

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins & Niall MacLennan.

15.5 mi


A 15 mile trek offering some fab views of England's biggest lake - Windermere.

*There is also a 9 mile option - see below.

We'll get those leg muscles working as soon as we leave the station and head straight up Orrest Head which should give a great view of the lake. From here head towards Allen Knott (the path goes around it but we'll go up it, because - why not?!) 

Lunch will probably be at a lovely little village called Troutback which is where Beatrix Potter used to live and breed sheep. There's also a lovely little chuch.

Next is the main climb of the day, up The Hundreds and to Wansfell Pike (another great view of the Lake) before heading down towards Ambleside but not before a little detour to the impressive Stockghyll Force waterfall.

Depending on how we're doing for time the plan is to head straight to the Ambleside Waterhead Pier and because we're great we've already reccied the fish & chip shop and the bar here, both of which get a big thumbs up and you can enjoy both sitting on by the shore of the lake. If the weather isn't too great we'll spend some time in Ambleside instead (or maybe do both).

*We'll be approx 9 miles into the walk at the Pier so if wish, you could just jump on the ferry here which will take you straight back to Windermere. If we don't visit the Pier there is also a frequent bus service from Ambleside to Windermere.

Once we're done with Ambleside we'll then pick up a variety of tracks, paths and farm fields and make our way towards Windermere but before we get to the town we'll have another slight detail, a small hill to climb and then perhaps a little paddle in the Lake (well Niall did anyway - sort of). Windermere will then be about half and hour away.

If you wish to drive, you should find plenty of places to do so in Windermere.

Although we'll be leaving from Picadilly at 08:46, the train does stop at Oxford Road at 08:48 and Deasgate at 08:51 should these be more convenient.

Our aim is a nice long day out in the Lakes but to fit it all in we may need to pick up a good pace along the way.

Any questions please feel free to email -

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

08:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

08:46: Train departs for the walk start at Blackpool North.

10:30: Walk starts at Blackpool North.

Return from Blackpool North.

Waypoints: Windermere, Orrest Head, Far Orrest, Allen Knott, Longmire, Troutbeck, Nanny Lane, The Hundreds, Wansfell Pike, Stockghyll Force, Ambleside, Waterhead Pier, Chip Shop, Skelghyll Wood, Robin Lane, Howe

3-9-2016 08:30 3-9-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A big day out in the Lakes. Blackpool North MAD Walkers
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