Brant Fell walk – Lake District Windermere

by | Jan 23, 2017 | Cycling & Hiking Routes

Brant Fell walk – Lake District Windermere – United Kingdom

This is a child friendly walk

Brant Fell overlooks the little town of Bowness-on-Windermere, which is often referred to as just Bowness or Windermere. The way to the fell is quite steep and can get a bit muddy but on a clear day the views from the top are certainly worth it though. Across the town, to the north, stands the diminutive Orrest Head which a certain Mr Wainwright visited on his first excursion to the Lake District and to the west across Windermere is Grizedale Forest.


  • Distance 2miles
  • Minimum time 1 hour
  • Ascent/gradient 250
  • Level of difficulty Medium
  • Paths road and gravel with some mud in the winter
  • Start/finish Parking on the main road just down from the entrance at Rayrigg car park
  • Dog friendliness Walk is on farmland and access agreement land. Dogs should be kept on leads.
  • Parking Charged


  • The walk starts and finishes in the town of Bowness with plenty of places to eat and drink
  • Check out this tutorial of how to load a GPX into a Garmin Fenix 3
St Martins church

The Walk to Brant Fell in Windermere

The walk starts in the centre of Bowness at Rayrigg car park, the most suitable landmark being the mini-roundabout right in the middle which you will see St Martins you can’t miss it. You quickly leave the shops and bustle behind, climbing steeply along Brantfell Road to reach the fields and fell above the town.

Brant-fell ikley 81 miles

Brant fell windermere walk guide

This early part of the walk is part of the Dales Way which starts 81 miles away in Ilkley and finishes here. Turning off after a few hundred metres you visit the little viewpoint of Post Knott

posts at the top of brant fell

Brant fell windermere walk guide

At the summit is a forlorn gateway with no fence or wall still in existence. The large outcrops of rock here have vertical faces of some 6 to 10 feet high so don’t trip over the bits of old metalwork still rusting away.

view from brant fell Windermere

Brant fell windermere walk guide

Although we suggest a minimum of an hour, you should allow a couple of hours so as not to hurry on this walk.

Parking in Bowness-on-Windermere is reasonably plentiful with a number of car parks dotted around, however it does get extremely busy at weekends and holidays. It is well served by public transport with the railway station and a number of buses that pass through the Lakes.


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