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Near Sawrey and Windermere

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Near Sawrey and Windermere
Author: Andrew's Walks, Published: 30 Dec 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Near Sawrey and Windermere, Cumbria Walking Guidestar1 Near Sawrey and Windermere, Cumbria Walking Guidestar1 Near Sawrey and Windermere, Cumbria Walking Guidestar1 Near Sawrey and Windermere, Cumbria Walking Guidestar1 Near Sawrey and Windermere, Cumbria Walking Guide
Cumbria, Lake District
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Near Sawrey and Windermere
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Near Sawrey and Windermere, Cumbria Walking Guide boot Near Sawrey and Windermere, Cumbria Walking Guide
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A 5.5 mile circular walk exploring the area around the village of Near Sawrey in the Lake District, Cumbria. The walking route begins in Far Sawrey and follows a pretty stretch of lakeside path along the edge of Windermere, with views of the lake’s waterfowl and boat-life. Turning inland, the route follows woodland tracks and quiet lanes to reach the nearby village of Near Sawrey, where you have chance to visit Hill Top Farm, the former home of Beatrix Potter. The final stretch leads you alongside Wilfin Beck and via St Peter’s Church.

This walk is a low-level Lakeland walk with only a few steady climbs and no steep sections. It follows a mixture of roads and lanes, lakeside paths, field paths and woodland tracks. Some sections can become very muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are several stretches of road walking where you will need to take care of traffic. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates and stiles (including fence stiles and a stone squeeze stile). You may come across livestock in some of the fields. Allow 3 hours.

Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey are two villages located on the B5285, just to the west of Windermere (the lake). This walk starts and finishes at a small lay-by (with a bench and woodland footpath fingerpost) on the B5285, at the top of the hill of the access road down to the Windermere Ferry. There is space here for a couple of cars. If this is full, you will find a pay-and-display National Trust car park further down the hill towards the ferry or there is also National Trust parking in Near Sawrey (so you can adjust the walk to start and finish at Hill Top Farm). Nearest post code LA22 0LL.

Walk Sections

Start to Windermere
Start to Windermere

Start point: 54.3482 lat, -2.95 long
End point: 54.3397 lat, -2.949 long

From the lay-by at the road junction, walk a few paces up the hill towards the bend and then turn left onto the side road signed to Cunsey. Follow this single-track lane leading you steadily downhill, with Windermere across to your left. At the bottom of the hill you will pass the Cunsey village sign and the property called Fellborough on your left. Continue on the lane as it now swings right and look for a fingerpost, stone stile and wide gate on your left. Turn left onto this footpath and follow the path as it leads you directly along the shore of Windermere.

Windermere to Rawlinson Nab
Windermere to Rawlinson Nab

Start point: 54.3397 lat, -2.949 long
End point: 54.3295 lat, -2.9456 long

Follow the lakeside path ahead, with the water to your left. The path leads you over a narrow footbridge across Wilfin Beck and later another footbridge across Cunsey Beck, with Ling Holme Island on your left. Continue on the narrow lakeside path, with the shore on your left and fenced pastures on your right, which leads you to the headland of Rawlinson Nab.

Rawlinson Nab to Low Cunsey Farm
Rawlinson Nab to Low Cunsey Farm

Start point: 54.3295 lat, -2.9456 long
End point: 54.3311 lat, -2.9559 long

Take time at Rawlinson Nab to enjoy the views looking south along the lake. This is a great spot to enjoy the wildlife and boat-life of Windermere. When you have finished at the viewpoint, continue on the shore path, eventually emerging to a road via a stile. From this point we leave the lake behind, so turn sharp right along the lane and follow it winding uphill through the trees. As you emerge from the trees, the lane swings right to pass Cunsey Lodge on your left and you will reach Low Cunsey Farm on your right.

Low Cunsey Farm to Eel House Bridge
Low Cunsey Farm to Eel House Bridge

Start point: 54.3311 lat, -2.9559 long
End point: 54.3383 lat, -2.9718 long

As you draw level with Low Cunsey Farm on your right, turn left to join the stone track leading into Cunsey Wood, a public bridleway. Follow the main stone track ahead and, where you reach a large turning area, bear right to reach a T-junction with another bridleway track. Turn left to follow the bridleway track, passing a clearing on your left and then continuing along the north edge of the woodland (with fields to your right). At the end of the woodland you will emerge to a road via a bridle gate. Turn right along the road to reach a property on your right. Turn right immediately after this and follow this small lane which crosses Cunsey Beck via Eel House Bridge.

Eel House Bridge to Hill Top Farm
Eel House Bridge to Hill Top Farm

Start point: 54.3383 lat, -2.9718 long
End point: 54.3525 lat, -2.9713 long

Continue ahead on the quiet narrow lane, leading you between woodlands and pastures. After about 0.8 miles you will reach a T-junction, with views across to Esthwaite Water across to your left. Turn right (signed to Near Sawrey) and follow this lane for about 0.2 miles to reach the T-junction with the B5285. Turn right along the road and this will lead you past Hill Top Farm (owned by the National Trust) on you right.

Hill Top Farm to Wilfrin Beck
Hill Top Farm to Wilfrin Beck

Start point: 54.3525 lat, -2.9713 long
End point: 54.3507 lat, -2.9637 long

Hill Top Farm (pictured) is worth a visit if time and funds allow. The farmhouse dates from the 1600s and was once the home of the children’s author, Beatrix Potter, best known for her books about Peter Rabbit. Potter bought the farm in 1906 as a writer’s retreat. The farm, house and nearby villages feature in several of her books. Today the farm is managed by the National Trust and houses a writer’s house museum.

When you are ready to continue, keep ahead along the B5285 through the village. As you leave the village, you are able to leave the road and instead follow the footpath which runs behind a stone wall, along the right-hand edge of the road. As you reach Wilfin Beck, the path bends right (away from the road) to continue alongside the beck.

Wilfrin Beck to St Peter's Church
Wilfrin Beck to St Peter's Church

Start point: 54.3507 lat, -2.9637 long
End point: 54.348 lat, -2.9586 long

Continue ahead with Wilfin Beck on your left. Part way along, follow the footpath as it crosses over the stream and heads diagonally left across the field (heading for the left-hand edge of the white property – with the church visible behind). Exit the field via the gate and turn right onto the village lane, passing St Peter’s Church on your left.

St Peter's Church to End
St Peter's Church to End

Start point: 54.348 lat, -2.9586 long
End point: 54.3483 lat, -2.95 long

Just after the church (and just before Rose Cottage on your right), turn left through a kissing gate to enter a pasture. Follow the footpath ahead, passing the church across to your left and then bearing right, to continue along a left-hand field boundary. An enclosed stretch of path leads you to the left of a property and emerges back out onto the B5285. Turn right for just a short distance to reach the road junction where the walk began.

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