5 Unmissable and easy to access lakeland viewpoints

1. Tarn Hows


Tarn Hows, situated between the south lakes villages of Coniston and Hawkshead, affords stunning views of the surrounding fells and has an accessible circular walk, suitable for wheelchair users. Ideal for a short walk or can be extended to include a longer hike to the summit of nearby Black Crag. 

2. Orrest Head


Orrest Head is a must-see viewpoint, especially for those based in Windermere. It’s a short walk to the summit from the town centre for glorious views across England’s largest lake and to the fells beyond. This mountain in miniature was to inspire a young Alfred Wainwright to become one of the nation’s best known fell walkers whose ‘Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells’ continue to enthuse walkers today.

3. Latrigg


Latrigg might be overshadowed by some of Lakeland’s iconic high fells but this little gem of a fell punches well above its weight delivering magnificent views for relatively little effort. Overlooking Keswick town, it also offers a popular limited mobility path so is accessible to all. On a clear day most of England’s highest mountains can be seen including Scafell Pike. The lower slopes are clothed with pleasant woodland.

4. Lanty’s Tarn

lantys tarn 

Picturesque Lanty’s Tarn is situated in the beautiful Ullswater valley and is just a short walk from Glenridding. See if you can spot red squirrels or find the ice house where 'Lanty' collected ice in the winter to supply his employer at Patterdale Hall. A short climb will reward you with magnificent views of the lake.

5. Gummer’s How


Gummer’s How is an ideal family walk, slightly off the beaten track. Perfect for picnic spots with magnificent views of Windermere, Morecambe Bay and the Coniston and central fells.

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By: Belinda Turnbull
Date: 12 Nov 2015