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Post Knott and Brantfell

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These two viewpoints overlook Bowness village and Lake Windermere.

Start from Bowness Promenade, turn North and head back into Bowness Village. Take the first right (past the Village Inn), cross over Kendal Road and head steeply up Brantfell Road. At the top go through the gate and continue up the field. There’s a handy seat about half way up dedicated to Dales Way walkers who end their long slog from Ilkley just here, with a magnificent view of the lake. At the next gate turn right and follow the level path. The view of the north basin of Windermere gets even better as it is framed between the Beech trees. This path goes through another gate and climbs a small rise, where the view changes to one of the Southern half of Lake Windermere. This is Post Knott.

Behind Post Knott lies Brantfell. Cross the stile and follow the cairns to the top. You can now see pretty much all of the lake from here.

The return can either be by retracing your steps, or for a slightly longer route, return down the line of cairns but bear right at the small woods at the foot of the hill and seek out a stile in the wall ahead. It’s not very obvious till you get close. Cross this stile and descend the field beyond. The path goes down a few steps, take the gate on the right at the foot of these steps.

Ignore the farm track that crosses the path and after the next gate look for a small iron gate in the wall on the right. Go through this and bear left along the obvious path. Cross the small private road and after the duck pond, turn left and follow the path across the fields, through 3 more kissing gates till you come to a gravel track.

Follow this around the house and gently downhill till it rejoins a tarmaced road. Continue downhill till you return to Bowness Village.