A 3 mile easy walk along the west shore of Windermere and then up through the Claife Heights to the Victorian viewing point of Claife Station on National Trust land.
3 miles (4.8km)
|328 ft (100m)|
Level of difficulty
|Well defined paths & |
permitted route - gentle rise
|Grid SD 3970 9582|
|Pay And Display Car Park off B5285|
|Bus - 517 - Windermere to Patterdale|
- Start the walk from the landing stage at Far Sawrey on west side of Windermere lake.
- With the landing stage behind, walk along the B5285 and follow it around as it bends until a wooden public footpath sign points to the right.
- Walk through the gate and continue on the path around as it the right as it follows the line of Mitchell Wyke Ferry Bay.
- The path joins a road path which enters the National Trust's Claife Estate.
- If you want to walk along the shoreline, then leave the road after the path emerges from the trees.
- Follow either the shoreline or the road path until the you come to a gate on the road path.
- Go through the gate, and turn to walk up the first path on the left.
- This starts to climb steadily into Belt Ash Coppice.
- On the left will be views of Windermere through the trees.
- After climbing up, a path on the left signposted for Far Sawrey appears.
- Go through the kissing gate and steadily start to decend.
- Station Scar Wood is on the left and Mitchell Knotts on the right.
- Follow the footpath as it continues to decend, eventually getting steeper as you get nearer to the water of Windermere.
- Soon, you walk past the Claife Viewing Station, owned by the National Trust - which is worth a look.
- Continue to follow the footpath down, and it reaches the B5285 through a small gap in the stone wall.
- Turn left and walk along the B5285, taking care with traffic coming behind you.
- Follow the road around the bend to the right, past the ferry charges sign and round past the gate you walked through at the start.
Where we stayed for our walk - the Beech Hill Hotel's fantastic luxury holiday home.
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