Near Sawrey and Lake Windermere

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This is a circular walk through pleasant fields and woods and along the shore of Lake Windermere. There are pleasant places to stop and picnic or just take in the views of Lake Windermere.

The walk starts just outside Near Sawrey to miss the tourists visiting the home of Beatrix Potter. The walk takes you through pleasant meadows and down country lanes, passing through small typical Lakeland hamlets, to reach the shore of Lake Windermere.

Lake Windermere is the largest of the lakes at 10½ miles. You will take in about 1½ miles of the shore. There are benches along the shore to take in the views and watch the activity on the lake. Rawlinson Nab protrudes into the lake, giving views north and south along the lake. This is a good place for a picnic.

The route takes you at the end back through Near Sawrey, giving you the chance to visit Hill Top if you wish, or just to refresh yourself in the local hostelry or in one of the tea shops in the village.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South East


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Pub, Tea Shop, Wildlife
6/30/2019 - julie irving

The part of the walk by the lake was stunning but too much walking on busy narrow roads.

6/16/2014 - Barbara Rush

We did this walk on holiday last week. It was very enjoyable and the stretch along the shore of Windermere was lovely and the dog really enjoyed a swim. No problem for us with parking as we were staying in Sawrey.

10/14/2013 - Eric Roberts

My wife and I enjoyed this walk yesterday, passing through pleasant and peaceful countryside. The directions were clear throughout. One point to note though; the lay-by is now a vehicle passing place so no parking is permitted.

8/16/2008 - Stephen Harris

A nice walk for an afternoon. We would suggest parking at the NT car park (we couldn't see any signs of payment required) and starting the walk from there (out of the car park, turn right to meet up with the layby) as the road is quite busy and was marked 'no parking' by police cones when we walked Aug 2008. The lakeside section is superb, however the road walking was a bit of a drag and dangerous in places. We did spot deer on the walk which was great. WW have been sent the missing pictures so hopefully this should be updated soon. 7/10 (only due to the road sections being a little tiresome!)

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