The walk up to Orrest Head starts from Church Street, just off the A591. There is a large sign at the beginning of the walk, see Slide 2. If you are struggling to find the base of this walk then look out for The Orrest Head Bar and start from here.
The route itself is extremely easy to follow, there is an easy to follow map at the base of the walk where you can choose to walk the red route (slightly harder and with steps) or the blue Miles Without Stiles route which is accessible for many. On this occasion we decided to follow the blue signs to the top, which is the easier of the two routes.
There are 13 way markers to help you on your way to reaching the top, my children really enjoyed counting them and ticking them off as they headed up the hill. Whilst the route is steep in parts it is a gradual incline and therefore suitable for all walkers, even if you aren’t that fit. The shortness of this walk, as well as the gradual incline, make this walk a perfect one for little legs.
You really cannot go wrong, just follow the signs to the top and then head back down the same way! Don’t forget to watch out for the Gruffalo at the half way point!
The views at the top are spectacular…. on a clear day! Sadly we took these photos on a very wet day making visibility difficult. Due to the fact this walk is predominately set under trees, it is a great walk for those wet Lake District days!