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Wainwright said of Orrest Head “Orrest Head for many of us, is ‘where we came in’ – our first ascent in Lakeland, our first sight of mountains in tumultuous array across glittering waters, our awakening to beauty.” This is one of the most popular walks in Windermere. It starts on the A591 by the large ‘Orrest Head’ sign which is only 10 minutes away by walk from Kotel, and follows a lane most of the way on its 20 minute journey to the summit. From the summit, you could just return back down to the start, but the walk as described heads north to join a lane briefly near Causeway Farm. It then heads to enter a delightful woodland section through St Catherine’s Wood and then via High Hay Wood back to the start.

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