Height: 239 metres / 783 feet Grid reference: SD 41407 99347 Category: The Outlying Fells
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I just managed a quick walk this morning, the blue sky of the early morning soon gave way to thickening cloud spoiling the views a little. Orrest Head was famously the first fell Wainwright climbed on leaving Windermere station and the one that inspired him to begin his quest to write those well known guides. There was also a new look for two of our party today too…
It is still amazingly warm for the time of year but the skies were leaden and full of threatening clouds this morning. I didn’t fancy anywhere too high, which was a good thing really as I forgot my boots…I wouldn’t want to ruin my Gucci loafers crossing Striding Edge, would I?
Firstly, couple of photos I took on Sunday when I was on my way to Love the Lakes, Keswick…
This week is the school half-term, so today’s short walk is a child friendly one to Orrest Head, famous for being Wainwright’s first ascent of a Lake District fell and the one that changed his life forever. It is easy to see why with an easy stroll from Windermere rewarded with magnificent views of the high fells. Orrest Head is described in Wainwright’s Orrest Head chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 26.
Orrest Head is an easy walk from Windermere village; famously it is the first fell that Wainwright ascended and where the stunning view across Windermere caught his imagination and inspired his lifelong passion to wander the fells. Not so today, however, the stunning view was masked by low cloud generally although there were some nice glimpses of the lake.
The snow was heavy and constant for our walk up to Orrest Head this morning and this meant that all views from this renowned viewpoint were obliterated. I find that walking through snow clad trees on snowy paths has its own merits though, and coupled with the muffled and muted sounds it still makes it a different but nevertheless enjoyable experience.