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Children enjoying the grounds at the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole copyright Charlie Hedley

Miles Without Stiles 8: Brockhole


Route type: For many. A short route around the beautiful grounds of Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre (opens in new window) taking in Windermere lakeshore OS Explorer Map OL7

Distance: 1.5 km, 0.9 miles

Start and end point: Brockhole pay and display car park - grid ref. NY 390010

Facilities: Accessible toilets and café on site, plus disabled car parking bay near the visitor centre

Getting there: Bus: 555 and 599 services operate all year round. Boat: Windermere Lake Cruises call at Brockhole jetty from Ambleside and Bowness. Car: A591 Windermere to Ambleside road. Brockhole is about 4 km from Windermere.


Brockhole Visitor Centre offers many attractions, including a famous walled garden, woodland and meadow trails, adventure playground and visitor centre.

  1. From the main car park, follow the tarmac ramp behind the Treetop Trek office. Take the step-free, lower level path down into the grounds.
  2. At the main path junction and gates, take the left hand track that heads towards the adventure play park.
  3. Follow this main track and signs for the boats and lakeshore.
  4. Pass the ticket office and follow the lakeshore path.
  5. Bear right when you finally reach the wooden jetty and watersports area.
  6. Follow signs for the visitor centre and gardens, but stay on the level, following the base of the hill and gardens.
  7. Pass the white summerhouse and covered picnic area.
  8. Stay on the lower path and retrace your route back to the car park. There are short sections of 1:12 gradients on this circuit.
  9. To access the Mawson Gardens, visitor centre, shop, café, toilets and exhibitions, take the main track that climbs up through the gardens, above the summerhouse. The gradient is greater then 1:12.
  10. There is a step-free return route to the main car park from the visitor centre.


Miles Without Stiles map for Brockhole route