Rail Card/Bus Passers Jaunt to the Lakes





Walk: Jenkin Crag, Skelghyll Lane, Town End, Allen Knott, Near Orrest, Orrest Head and Windermere.
Start Point: Kelsick Road, Ambleside Grid Reference: Bus Stop
Distance: 6.25 miles Ascent: 1,350 ft
Time: 4 hours    
Weather: Blustery with a hint of rain at Ambleside improving to sunny intervals and no wind at Windermere.

 Stagecoach provide a “555 StagePath” booklet which allows walkers to choose eight walking stages between Windermere and Keswick.  They are generally about four miles in length and start and finish at bus stops on route.  The booklet allows for a Northbound or Southbound direction.  For more information visit www.markrichards.info and click Ride & Stride StagePaths.

Having caught a train from Preston to Windermere and then the 555 bus to Kelsick Road in Ambleside we started the walk at eleven thirty.  The train fare was £9.95 with a Senior Rail Card and the bus journey was courtesy of the government. (Bus Pass).  Following instructions in the booklet and using an Outdoor Leisure 7 map we travelled an elevated route on the east of Lake Windermere using Stages 2 & 1 southbound.  Some of the detail provided was a little dated and the statement of easy gradients mentioned in the booklet may be under exaggerated a little.  In the main the paths were easy enough to follow but a map proved useful.  The route offered some splendid views rewarding us for making the effort in climbing some steepish bits of path.  A added bonus was the sighting of the many spring flowers in bloom and spring lambs in the fields.  Arriving exhilarated in Windermere we rewarded ourselves with a Cream Tea at Booths Supermarket before departing on the 17.06 train.  A good day out!

Nb. Using the southbound route appears save approximately 300 feet of ascent.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Let the train take the strain


Mode of transport from Windermere to Ambleside


A deserted Ambleside (11.30am)


Fells north of Ambleside




Passing through Skelghyll Woods


Windermere seen from Jenkin Crag


Skelghyll Wood


Above Lowwood


Town End


An island in Troutbeck


Troutbeck from afar


Another view of the lake


Cross a stone flag over a gill by the wall - a description in the booklet


And the sun came out over Lakeland


Looking south from Orrest Head


Refreshment break on Orrest Head


Admiring the view


Descending from Orrest Head


A resting place for those ascending to Orrest Head


Part of the front cover of the booklet provided by Stagecoach


A sample of a walk in the booklet

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