The compact centre of Bowness on Windermere and the waterfront hides a short very pleasant walk away from the crowds. The paths are either pavement or other hard surfaces so is suitable for most mobility scooters, and pushchairs.
The walk starts just down from the town centre at the water front where Windermere Cruises call in on their tours of the lake. You follow Glebe Road part way round and mostly beside the lake with views to Belle Isle just off the shore. Belle Isle is the largest and only inhabited island on Windermere. Northwards the view is to the fells of the Fairfield Horseshoe and Wansfell Pike which stand over Ambleside. You soon leave the road to head for Cockshot Point. At the far end you can watch the car ferry make its crossings back and forth to Far Sawrey. You then start heading back along hard surfaced tracks and tarmac between greenspaces and the cemetery to the water front.
There is parking available in Glebe Road, and a number of pay and display car parks which are signed from the main roads.
If you need accommodation we have details of 151 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Starting from the water front where the jetties are, turn right down Glebe Road signed "car parks". In about 50m (55 yards) on the left-hand side of the road is the Tourist Information Centre. Follow Glebe Road for approx 300m (330 yards).
Just past a car park on the left the road swings left, leave Glebe Road to continue ahead onto a slightly rough driveway signposted to Cockshot Point. Go through the metal gateway and onto the gravelled path. The Point is actually to the right across the grass - if you are amble. Continue ahead for the view southwards down Windermere, then follow the path to swing left above the shore line.
Reaching the T junction, turn left between railings. There is a slight gradient here as it climbs to the road. Cross the road and keep ahead with greenspace on your left and the cemetery to your right. This brings you out again at the entrance of Glebe Road beside the Tourist Information Centre. Cross Glebe Road back to the water front.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Brant Fell above Bowness-on-Windermere||328m (361 yards) away|
|Orrest Head - the view that changed a young man's life||2.3km (1.4 miles) away|
|Moss Eccles Tarn and Claife Heights||2.6km (1.6 miles) away|
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