Windermere from the slopes of Gummer's How

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Route No. 293 - Monday 25 May 2009
A Bank Holiday stroll
Gummer's How circuit - 3km
Overlooking Windermere
English Lake District . . . .

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Start of the path up Gummer's How
Start of the path up Gummer's How

My son-in-law directed us to Gummer's How overlooking Windermere. From the caravan we drove through Newby Bridge where there was a good deal of bank holiday traffic. Just through Newby Bridge we turned right off the the main road to climb up to a little car park in Astley's Plantation at map ref. SD390876.

We had been staying with our daughter's family in a large static caravan on a site near Grange-over-Sands for the Bank Holiday weekend and for once the weather had been perfect with bright sunshine and a nice breeze. My wife and I had to get home early today but we couldn't leave the Lake district without a little walk in the sunshine.

A patch  of bluebells by the path
A patch of bluebells by the path

Looking across Windermere from the start of the climb up Gummer's How
Looking across Windermere from the start of the climb up Gummer's How

Climbing up Gummer's How
Climbing up Gummer's How

The path climbed up through some open woodland with the views over Windermere to our left getting better and better as we climbed.

Setting off from the car park we took a path through the woods following the road up the hill for about 150m. Here we crossed the road and went through a gate on to the path to Gummer's How.

Climbing up Gummer's How
Climbing up Gummer's How

The top of Gummer's How in sight
The top of Gummer's How in sight
The whole length of Windermere from the top of Gummer's How
The whole length of Windermere from the top of Gummer's How

Trig point at the top of Gummer's How
Trig point at the top of Gummer's How

The best view of the lake is from the edge about 30m northeast of the trig point. After admiring the view for a while with many other families out for a bank holiday walk we began our return route following a path north from the trig point.

After just over a kilometer we reached the bare rocky top of Gummer's How with its trig point and a great view up and down the length of Windermere. To be strictly accurate you can't see the lake from the trig point (map ref. SD390884).

Leaving the top of Gummer's How on the north side
Leaving the top of Gummer's How on the north side

Walking down the north side of Gummer's How
Walking down the north side of Gummer's How

A patch of tormentill by the path
A patch of tormentill by the path

The path was cut with the fresh tracks of a small herd of cattle, but there was no sign of them. We continued following the path heading south and down the hill until, at map ref. SD389879, we re-joined the path we had used earlier to climb up Gummer's How.

After about 300m at map ref. SD392886 we took the path to the right across a bowl of open rocky moorland with patches of bog. The path led us round to the right until we were heading south and following a wall at the boundary of some woodland.

Heading back to rejoin the path up Gummer's How
Heading back to rejoin the path up Gummer's How

Cattle grazing in the woodland on the approach to Gummer's How
Cattle grazing in the woodland as we approached the road on our return

Looking back to the top of Gummer's How
Looking back to the top of Gummer's How

The time included a couple of longish stops to sit and admire the views. After our walk we began the drive home to find that the bank holiday traffic was surprisingly light and we stopped in Kirkby Stephen for a late lunch of fish and chips. It's not a bad life.

Near here, above us on the wooded hillside were the cattle quietly grazing amongst the trees. From there we retraced our steps back to the road and through the woods back to the car park. The whole walk had been about 3km and had taken us 90mins.

Returning to the car park in Astley's Plantation
Returning to the car park in Astley's Plantation