Orrest Head

Distance (Miles): Ascent (Metres): Time (Hours):
1.51 119 1
Strenuosity: Technicality (x/10): Enjoyability (x/10):
Easy 3 6


On 7th June 1930, two young men set off on their first holiday to the Lake District.  For one of them, Alfred Wainwright, it was to be a day that changed the whole course of his life.  Arriving in Windermere after a journey of nearly five hours by bus from Blackburn, the two cousins climbed Orrest Head, a nearby viewpoint.

Emerging from woodland on to the bare summit, the view that they beheld completely captivated the young Alfred.  He wrote later:

It was a moment of magic, a revelation so unexpected that I stood transfixed, unable to believe my eyes.

This was the moment that settled AW’s destiny and, ultimately, led him to produce the seven Pictorial Guides, his love-letter to the fells.

So, it’s one that has to be visited by any Wainwright aficionado! Just a short walk, with not much ascent and no tricky bits. The views are great, considering the hight of the fell, and I can see how it was so inspiring to AW.

Another one for a clear day, or you’ll be missing said inspiration 🙂

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