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Millerground and Adelaide Hill

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This is one of my favourite walks, it’s only short but it’s great for families as there’s plenty of distractions along the way. It’s also the best access to Lake Windermere along the whole of the eastern shore.

Access is from the the car park on Rayrigg Road. There’s no right or wrong way to do this walk but this route shows you the best bits. Follow the path from the car park down to the lake shore. Turn left first and walk along the shore path. Keep your eyes open for a large rock at the edge of the lake. This is where Queen Adelaide came ashore on her visit (there’s a small plaque). Continue to the end and when you get to the kissing gate, turn around and retrace your steps to the jetties.

Continue northwards, pass the sailing base and the boathouse and you come to Millerground Cottage. The path leaves the lake here and climbs up by some lovely waterfalls (especially after heavy rain), back to Rayrigg Road.

Turn right along Rayrigg road, and a few yards later go through the next gate and follow the path upwards to the top of Adelaide Hill. This hill, although only small, affords wonderful views of the lake. Continue across the top and drop down the other side back to the car park.

Time: the complete walk can be done in about 20 minutes but leave an hour if you really want to enjoy the views. Great place for picnics.