The walk takes you out of Windermere with a short climb to Orrest Head which gives you beautiful views over Windermere towards the Coniston & Langdale Fells. From here carry on through pleasant countryside to Troutbeck a lovely sprawling village full of Lakeland stone buildings and whitewashed cottages. You can almost imagine Mrs Tiggywinkle pegging her washing out in some of the pretty colourful gardens. On leaving Troutbeck our route takes us on an old drovers’ lane through farmland and skelghyll woods before leading you into Ambleside and your 1st nights’ stay at Brathay Lodge.
The walk brings you into Ambleside close to Hayes Garden World which is much more than just a garden centre and time permitting is well worth a visit.