We did this walk in mid October during a mid week break in Bowness on Windermere, staying at Braithwaite Fold Camping and Caravanning Site on Glebe Road. It’s not a very long walk, just less than 5 miles including the ferry crossing, but there’s one hell of a steep climb from the lakeside through Belt Ash Coppice and over to Far Sawrey where, there’s a nice pub called the Cuckoo Brow Inn, ideal for lunch or just some liquid refreshments. The walk starts from the Camping and Caravan site:-
Distance 4.62 miles (7.43km) Time Approximately 2 hours (no pub stops and no waiting for ferries)
Elevation Lowest 125ft (38.1m) Highest 583.99 (178m)
Total Ascent 1029.20 (313.70m)
Elevation Over Walk
Paths A mix of field paths, tracks and gravel paths; may be muddy through the coppice.
Landscape Lake views, rich farmland and wood lands and some spectacular views from the top Belt Ash Coppice.
Suggested OS Map OL7 – Explorer 1:25,000 scale Map of The Lake District: South-eastern area. Or download the OS Maps app to your smart phone and purchase the map for the Bowness area, the app is available for iOS from iTunes and for Android from Google Play.
Dog Friendliness Many of the areas it is suggested that you keep your dog on a lead, especially walking through farmers fields with livestock in them however, many of the pubs in the surrounding area are dog friendly and the Cuckoo Brow Inn in Far Sawrey is one of them.
Public Toilets There are public toilets at the ferry boarding point at Far Sawrey.
(1) From the back of the campsite follow the path on to the B5285 and turn right towards the ferry boarding point (2).
(2) Board the ferry to Far Sawrey, which are roughly every 20 minutes (10 minutes each way) and 50p person on foot. Full time table for summer and winter can be found here.
(3) Once on the other side of the lake follow the B5285 up the lane to the wood gate on the right (4).
(4) Proceed through the gate and follow the lakeside path for about 1 mile to the cattle grid at (5).
(5) Just over the cattle grid there’s a path to the left, (where the blue line enters the bushes) take the path which doubles back on you slightly, follow the path up through Belt Ash Coppice (which is a fairly steep climb), when you emerge from the coppice keep on the path through the farm land until you descend into Far Sawrey (6).
(6) As you arrive in Far Sawrey, if you continue onto the B5285 and turn right the Cuckoo Brow Inn is about 100m and well worth a visit for lunch or some refreshments. At this point if you don’t visit the pub you can either take the path on your left and follow it over Bryers Fold, or you can turn left on the B5285 and follow it back to the ferry terminal (11).
(7) From the path you emerge on the B5285 turn left and follow the road (this road is usually very quiet) after about 1/4 of a mile there’s a path on the left which takes you off the road again (8) or you can continue to the ferry point following the road.
(8) Take the path on the left and follow the path to (9).
(9) Turn left on to the B5285 and follow the road to the junction sign-posted to the lake shore (10).
(10) Keep right following the road to the ferry point (11).
(11) Board the ferry and retrace your steps back to the campsite.