Orrest Head

Orrest Head

South Eastern Lake District

Route: Holehird and Orrest Head

Area: South Lakes

Date of walk: 21st May 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.0 miles

Weather: Cloudy with some sunny spells

Holehird Gardens is home to the Lakeland Horticultural Society, a renowned garden in a beautiful setting, and Orrest Head is a low lying fell with fabulous views which so enchanted a young Alfred Wainwright that he was inspired to write his classic guides to the lakeland fells

What better then than to combine the two in a single walk? Looking at the OS map, a circular route seemed to suggest itself and with this in mind we set off and parked at Holehird. Entrance to the garden is free but a voluntary contribution of £4 is suggested. Miserly is the man who puts less than that in the box provided – it’s worth double the amount

After spending an hour or two wandering around the superb gardens and the adjoining woodland we set off on the walk to Orrest Head. This took us over rolling farmland, which lacked the drama of lakeland proper, but which was lovely all the same

The ascent of Orrest Head was a simple affair and I can see why Wainwright was so enchanted by the scene from it summit, though today the views were hazy and some imagination was needed

The return route was through ancient woodland and hilly countryside and was a pleasure every step of the way

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