Windermere Way

A circular walk exploring the beautiful area surrounding the Lake District's most famous lake.

3 to 5 nights
45 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £255 per person

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About this route

Windermere is England’s largest and most famous lake, with its head in the mountains and its foot almost on the coast. The Windermere Way meanders around the lake, sometimes following lakeshore paths and at other times taking to the fells, providing wonderful, ever-changing views of the surrounding countryside.

The lake’s many rocky inlets, islands, bays, waterfalls and wooded heights add natural interest to the walk, while other enticing features include the 19th century Wray Castle, the 17th century Townend House and a wonderful selection of villages that are well worth exploring. 

Windermere Way map
Circular trail beginning at Windermere
45 miles (72 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Traversing the iconic Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.

Experiencing the ever-changing scenery along Lake Windermere’s shoreside paths and high into the fells of the Lake District.

Admiring the breath-taking views from Orrest Head, Walsfell Pike and Gummers How. 

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
WINDW1 A circular trail beginning at Bowness-On-Windermere 3 nights, 2 days walking Strenuous£255
WINDW2 A circular trail beginning at Bowness-On-Windermere 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding£340
WINDW3 A circular trail beginning at Bowness-On-Windermere 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£425

Windermere Way 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Bowness-On-Windermere where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Bowness-On-Windermere to Ferry House. 23.5 miles (37.5km)

Day 2

Ferry House to Bowness-On-Windermere. 21.5 miles (34.5km)


Depart from Bowness-On-Windermere after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£20.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you would like to take some extra time to explore the wonderful locations along the trail, an extra night is the perfect way to extend your holiday. The popular lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windermere is a good choice for a rest day. Located on the shores of Windermere, there are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants to explore, while just a short ferry ride across the lake, Sawry, Hawkshead and the home of Beatrix Potter can be visited. If you prefer to spend your days being active, there are wonderful walks along the lakeside and numerous activities on the lake, including rowing boats, canoeing and journeys by steamer.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 45 miles (72 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 21.5 miles (34.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 23.5 miles (37.5 km)
Code: WINDW1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Bowness-On-Windermere
End of holiday: Bowness-On-Windermere

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Leeds Bradford and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at Windermere.

By Bus - Various bus services run to and from Windermere.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Windermere.

Return To The Start - The Windermere Way is a circular tour beginning and ending in Windermere.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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