Fell Foot's heritage and garden circular walk

Walking trail

Fell Foot is unique in the Lake District, with a complex of historic gothic boathouses, modern Active Base and a wonderful 18th-century pleasure ground including a Pinetum, garden and native flower meadows.

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Map of Fell Foot's heritage and garden walk


Boathouse Cafe at Fell Foot Park, Newby Bridge, Windermere, LA12 8NN


Enter the boathouse adjoining the cafe, where you'll see a large winch used to bring Colonel Ridehalgh's (the wealthy Victorian owner of the park) steam yacht off the lake. Head right out of that boathouse and pause to watch a short interactive video of Fell Foot's Victorian history. Exit the way you came in then turn left towards the Active Base.

Steam yacht Britannia at Fell Foot


Follow the path along to the Active Base and then walk onto the decking. To your left you'll see the boat yard. Turn right up the steps to the small car park before turning right again, passing a slate cottage on your left. Walk a further 10 metres, then turn right passing through a rope barrier.

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The Gas House


Continue along the path and after 20 metres take a right turn and then a left fork after a further 20 metres which leads to a large lawn area. This is the House Lawn, even though there are no signs today of the house which used to stand there.

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Fell Foot Mansion


Head right across the lawn towards the steps leading down to a lower path and then turn left. Keep ahead on this path and you'll soon see the children’s play area.

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Head between the two play areas, down the tree tunnel path. When you get to the lake turn left towards the south meadow.

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Walk along the path, passing a willow hide and head for the 5 bar gate in the wall adjacent to the main road. Pass through the gate and turn right. Follow the clear path, heading slightly uphill parallel to the lake/river.


Follow this circular path around the hay meadow, taking in views towards the Swan Hotel and make sure to look out for the gothic boathouses across the lake, which were also owned by Colonel Ridehalgh. This will take you back to the gate.

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Reed bed reflections at the south end of Fell Foot park


From the gate retrace your steps along the path adjacent to the lake, but keep to the path with the lake to your left and you'll end up back at the cafe.

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Boathouse Cafe at Fell Foot Park, Newby Bridge, Windermere, LA12 8NN

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Fell Foot's heritage and garden circular walk


This is an easy walk on gently undulating terrain and approximately 1.6 miles in length. Some of the walk is on hard pathways and other sections on grass paths.

Fell Foot's heritage and garden circular walk

Contact us

Address: Fell Foot, Newby Bridge, Windermere, Cumbria, LA12 8NN
Tel number: 01539531273
Email: fellfoot@nationaltrust.org.uk

Fell Foot's heritage and garden circular walk

How to get here

Fell Foot Park, Newby Bridge, Windermere, LA12 8NN
By train

Grange 6 miles; Windermere 8 miles. If you are travelling from the North West of England, take the Northern Rail Lakes Line service to Windermere Train Station. Fell Foot Park is just a short bus ride from Windermere Train Station (8 miles). Visit www.golakes.co.uk/bytrain for more information. For a unique start to your day, arrive by steam train from Haverthwaite Railway to Lakeside, then get the Fell Foot Ferry across the lake (details below).

By road

One mile north of Newby Bridge on the A592. Parking is free for National Trust members.

By ferry

From May to October you can arrive from Lakeside by boat via Windermere Lake Cruises' Fell Foot Ferry. Check their website for more details.

By bus

The number 6 bus from Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere to Barrow in Furness runs all year, and the bus stop is right outside the park's entrance.

Fell Foot's heritage and garden circular walk

Facilities and access

  • Large car park, toilets and cafe
  • Active Base changing rooms and showers
  • Changing Places facility
  • Seasonal rowboat, kayak and paddle board hire (April-October)
  • Toddler play area