Through the Viewfinder
And What Alice Found There
Since a young age I have enjoyed getting out and about exploring the Lake District, and although I have visited many places and climbed many fells, there is still tons yet to be seen. Up until last week, Orrest Head was still one of my unexplored places. Orrest Head is a walk I have often overlooked - I often pass through Windermere on my way to the larger fells or head straight down to the lake, therefore missing out on seeing other areas further from the typical beauty spots or hiking trails. However, when I heard Orrest Head had sparked the beginning of Wainwrights love for fell walking, I knew I had to see it for myself and discover what was so amazing about this place I have passed by so many times. So last week myself, my mum and our family dog Dexter decided to head up to Orrest Head and find out what all the fuss was about...
We began the walk from the large signpost, across the road from Windermere train station. Just after setting off, we came to a split in the path - one way headed straight up to the viewpoint and the other path went winding through the woodland before reaching the top. We chose the woodland route as it looked prettier and it gave us some shade from the surprisingly warm evening sunshine. The route was lovely - a winding path among the trees, with our first glance of the lake visible about halfway along. We then came to some quite steep steps, gaining height quickly and the lake becoming visible once more over the town of Windermere below.
Eventually, after a steep climb, we reached the top - and it was just beautiful! We had a fantastic view of the whole of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells, and there was even little stone pillar on the top with Wainwrights sketch of the fells so we could see which was which. I love looking at the fells and seeing which ones I've climbed. I often find it hard to believe that I have actually stood on the tops of these huge looming mountains that tower over the lakes and towns below!
The walk only took us about 20 minutes to get to the top, making it a great short walk for an evening after work, or a quick early morning hike before heading into the Lakes for the day. I'm so glad I finally discovered this little gem and it's somewhere I will definitely be visiting again!