Post Knott, Windermere Views Walk

Walking trail

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.

A view of Windermere from Post Knott


Map route for Post Knott, Windermere Views Walk


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


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


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


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.

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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.


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.

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At this point you can either retrace your steps and then go on to step 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.

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Where the path crosses with another signed Dales Way, turn left and descend through the field to Brantfell Road and down to Bowness village.


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

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Post Knott, Windermere Views Walk


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 step 4 allows access to both Biskey Howe and the carriageway, though you will have to retrace your route.

Post Knott, Windermere Views Walk

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Post Knott, Windermere Views Walk

How to get here

St Martin's Place, Bowness, LA23 3AS
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 road

From the A591 to Windermere take the A592 to Bowness.

By foot

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

By ferry

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).

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.

Post Knott, Windermere Views Walk

Facilities and access

  • Various town centre toilets.
  • Eating - various refreshment outlets and cafes in Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere
  • Dogs are welcome; due to animals grazing please keep your dog on a lead and take any mess home with you