23rd December 2012

A very short walk while on the way to Kendal - Orrest Head


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 10.10
Duration 50 min
Distance 1.4 mile
Ascent 400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Orrest Head - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside Spaces, A591 bottom of Orrest Head

This is just one of a few options to park for a walk up Orrest Head. Parking is free but limited to 1 hour. A little further up the road you get 2 hours.


Route Map

No confusion here, just follow the pointing finger.

Zig-zag enthusiasts would love it here.

Woodland below Orrest Head.

Through the gateway, , ,

up the steps, , ,

and here we are.

No need to try to work out what you're looking at from here, it's all nicely presented to you on this piece of slate. It must be quite a weight so if this one gets stolen I hope the thief drops it on their foot as they're making off with it.

Just one small area of sunshine was moving very quickly across the fells while we were here. I managed to catch it as it shot across the fellside above Troutbeck.

The fell behind the sunshine is Wansfell Pike and the higher one on the right is Red Screes.

Troutbeck, Red Screes, Stony Cove Pike and the Ill Bell ridge. Sour Howes is just to the right of Ill Bell (the dark pointed one).

Jennifer checks out the information while I take this picture looking down the south end of Windermere.
Notice all the seats. Perhaps the Garden Seat Appreciation Society should team up with the Zig-zag enthusiasts and have a combined summer outing up here next year.

Looking across to Banner Rigg.

"Don't move, I want to take a picture while the sun is shining"
10 seconds later the sun was gone !

Some more steps to follow. In this case the ones on the slightly different route we followed back down to the car.


That's it for today folks. Now we're off to have a look in the shops at Kendal. And what of the walk; brilliant, we got high reward for little effort and it was a real bonus because it was included on a day when we were actually out doing something else.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks