Walks

This area has so much to offer & I’d love to share its hidden gems with you!

The lowlands & fells offer stunning views & varied landscapes – even on a sunny weekend you may only see a few locals out & about – so these walks are for perfect to gain a different perspective of the area away from the crowds.

This is a new idea, so I’m starting with guided walks in Kendal, Windermere, Bowness & Ambleside. 

I’ve also been mapping my favourite walks on the OS app & have linked these below. I’m open to ideas, so if you’d like something bespoke, please get in touch to discuss.

All feedback & requests welcome 🙂

Free Walking Tours

The guided tours below can be booked on the FreeTour website. There is no set price; you are free to pay what you feel the tour was worth at the end of the tour, depending on how you value the experience, and what you can afford. More information on how free tours work can be found on their FAQ page.

Kendal Fell
Discover the charming town of Kendal. This walk will give you a unique introduction to its culture & beautiful landscapes. Meeting at the Brewery Arts Centre, we’ll visit Castle Howe (Kendal’s first motte & bailey castle), the old Beast Banks post office (the inspiration for Mrs Goggin’s Post Office in the Postman Pat series) and ascend through Serpentine Woods to Kendal Fell & Kendal Golf Club, offering spectacular views of the town & Lake District fells.

Brant Fell, Bowness
A hidden gem among the Wainwrights at 191m. Discover breathtaking views of Lake Windermere and the stunning Lake District mountains. On page 34 of volume 8, Wainwright said: “A visitor to Bowness with time to kill or wishing to escape the throngs of day-trippers cannot do better than walk up Brant Fell and, in solitude, enjoy its fine prospect of Windermere or a simple scramble on its inviting summit rocks.” This circular route also enjoys woodland paths & three beautiful tarns.

Orrest Head, Windermere
Uncover the magic of the first fell that transformed Alfred Wainwright’s life. In 1930, he saw his first view of the Lakeland mountains from Orrest Head and said, “Those few hours on Orrest Head cast a spell that changed my life.” This is a circular walk starting from Windermere Station and utilises public footpaths that avoid the signposted/busier paths. Enjoy a variety of wonderful views of the lake & surrounding countryside along the way to the summit

Lily Tarn, Ambleside 
Escape the crowds with this short walk from the centre of Ambleside to Lily Tarn, offering spectacular views of Ambleside, Lake Windermere & the Lake District fells. On the way back to the town, we follow the river to the lake, and discover the Roman ruins.

  • Local tips, knowledge & recommendations – you can ask me anything, and if I don’t know, I’ll ask my network of friends & family.
  • Guidance on using OS maps – so you can find new routes to explore.
  • Opportunity to meet others & have a relaxed day out with someone else directing

The Free Walking Tours are under 2 hours & have toilet & refreshment facilities nearby. Most availability is in the evening, as often at these times you have the fells to yourself & really feel their magic. The detailed OS maps/route are available on the section below. You’re welcome to follow these independently if the above dates/times don’t work for you, or if you’d prefer to explore these yourself.

Disclaimer:
I’m not a mountain leader, blue badge guide, a flora or fauna expert, or a historian, and I’m not super fit either! 🙂 I’m just a local, who loves the area, enjoys meeting new people, who would love to show you some of my favourite places. My walks are relaxed fell walks with the aim of giving you a local’s perspective of this wonderful area.

There are lots of guided mountain walks & historical walks available locally by a range of fantastic people & organisations – see the section below for links & inspiration.

Free map routes & bespoke walks

Here are the OS map routes of my walks above, and other local favourites. You can explore them yourself, or if you’d be interested in a bespoke guided tour, please get in touch.

These walks are all easy-moderate. Walking boots are advised but trainers are fine (if you don’t mind getting them muddy). The walks are over fells (not mountains) & most include places to stop for refreshments or toilets. 

If you download the OS app, you’ll be able to follow these on your phone – I’d just recommend taking a battery pack as the app (along with taking photos) can deplete your battery power quicker than you think (speaking from experience!) 🙂

Kendal
Kendal Fell (4km, 1.5 hours) – the route I take on the guided Kendal Fell walk above.
Kendal to Levens Hall, via the River Kent (11 km, 3 hours)
Levens to Kendal, via Sizergh Castle & Scouts Scar (17km, 5 hours)
Kendal Castle (4km, 1 hour)
The Helm, Oxenholme, 4.5kn, 1.5 hours)

Windermere & Ambleside
Staveley to Bowness via Brant Fell (13km, 4 hours)
Brant Fell circular (4.5km, 1.5 hours) – the route I take on the guided Brant Fell walk above.
Bowness to Windermere (5km, 1.5 hours)
Lily Tarn & the Roman Fort, Ambleside (5km, 1.5 hours) – the route I take on the guided Lily Tarn walk above.
Ambleside Waterfalls (3km, 1 hour)

South Lakes & near the Roundhouse
 Hutton Roof, via The Plough at Lupton (12.5km, 4 hours)

I’ll be uploading more soon, and I share all walks & photos to my social media channels @kelkerwell.

Other local walks & tours

Here are links to other fantastic walks & tours, offered by a variety of individuals & organisations.

Historical & cultural tours
Kendal Civic Society Walks
Kendalian Spring Walks 
Cumbria Blue Badge Guides
Experience Lakeland

Self-guided walks
The Visit Kendal website has mapped out a variety of trails across Kendal that you can explore at your own pace, as well as linking to other local walking & running opportunities in the area. The National Trust have a fantastic resource online of local trails, with detailed maps, directions & tips. There are also a number of treasure walking trails available online e.g. a murder mystery, and heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme.

Guided fell & mountain walks
Kendal hosts a Walking Festival in May and the Lake District National Park run free guided walks across the area from summer to October:
Guided walks in the Lake District. The Visit Lake District website has links to lots of mountain guide providers.