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

Miles Without Stiles 8: Brockhole

Miles Without Stiles

A short route around the beautiful grounds of Brockhole on Windermere, taking in Windermere lakeshore OS Explorer Map OL7

Route for many. A circular walk. 1.5km distance.


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

  1. The route starts at the bottom of the main car park.
  2. Take the left hand track that heads past 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 than 1:10.
  10. There is a step-free return route to the main car park from the visitor centre.


Start point:

Postcode: LA23 1QB
Grid reference: NY 38980 00906
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Accessible toilets and café on site, plus disabled car parking bays near adventure playground and 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 (not all boats are fully accessible). Car: A591 Windermere to Ambleside road. Brockhole is about 4 km from Windermere.