Post Knott, Windermere Views Walk

St Martin's Place, Bowness, LA23 3AS

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Use the toposcope to name the peaks that you see on the horizon © National Trust

Use the toposcope to name the peaks that you see on the horizon

Take a breather on one of these stone benches along the way © National Trust

Take a breather on one of these stone benches along the way

Nothing ventured, nothing gained... © National Trust

Nothing ventured, nothing gained...

Route overview

A short but steep climb taking you up to a variety of spectacular views of Windermere and the stunning central fells of the Lake District, with plenty of resting places and potential picnic sites.

Route details

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OS map for the Post Knott downloadable trail
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: St Martin's Place, Bowness, grid ref: SD403969

  1. Follow Lake Road approximately 200 metres through Bowness uphill towards Windermere village.

  2. Turn right up Helm Road keeping The Angel Inn to your right.

  3. Just beyond the Hydro Hotel, a steep path (steps) leads off to the left ascending to the view point on Biskey Howe. Benches and an interpretation of the view are available.

    Show/HideBiskey Howe Toposcope

    Take a breather at Biskey Howe and admire the lovely views up Windermere lake to the central fells. The toposcope board explains what you are looking at. See what you can spot.

    Use the toposcope to name the peaks that you see on the horizon © National Trust
  4. Leave by the disabled track at the back of the viewpoint and cross the road through gates marked 'Deloraine'. Cross another road and follow the sign 'Permitted Path Post Knott', bearing right through a gate with a National Trust omega sign.

  5. Follow the Carriageway to the end and take in the view. Then drop back to the gate on to Post Knott and climb to summit for more views.

    Show/HideCarriageway and promenade

    You are following an old route from the Hydro Hotel to Post Knott, once used by those taking the waters. There are plenty of stone benches for resting and conversation along the way. It was also designed to take the carriages of the more seriously ill.

    Take a breather on one of these stone benches along the way © National Trust
  6. At this point you can either retrace your steps and then go on to direction 7 or you can proceed along the path behind Post Knott through a kissing gate and on to Brantfell to enjoy 360 degree views before returning to Post Knott.

    Show/HideBrantfell

    The path to Brantfell requires a little more effort, but the extra height leads to even grander 360 degree views.

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained... © National Trust
  7. Where the path crosses with another signed Dales Way, turn left and descend through the field to Brantfell Road and down to Bowness village.

End: St Martin's Place, Bowness, grid ref: SD403969

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1.5 miles (2.4km)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • OS Map: Explorer OL7 English Lakes South-East
  • Terrain:

    Steep in places but is mostly on roads and surfaced paths until the final descent into Bowness. For disabled access, parking on Biskey Howe Road at point 4 allows access to both Biskey Howe and the carriageway, though you will have to retrace your route.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: From Windermere follow Lake Road 1.25 miles (2km) downhill through the village to Bowness

    By bus: 599 from Grasmere/Ambleside/Windermere to Bowness or 618 from Barrow/ Ulverston/Fell Foot Park to Bowness, alighting at St Martin's Church

    By train: West Coast Mainline services to Windermere (changing at Oxenholme). Walk 1.25 miles (2km) downhill to Bowness or catch bus no 599, 618 or 568

    By bike or car: From the A591 to Windermere take the A592 to Bowness

    By boat: From Lakeside (Newby Bridge) and Waterhead (Ambleside) take the boat to Bowness pier. Turn left to head towards St Martin's Church, 0.2 miles (400m)

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