View from the Brant Fell

Brant Fell

Blenheim Lodge is situated on Brant Fell, with overarching views over Lake Windermere and many other Lake District fells. A “fell” is a hill or mountain in Lake District speak. Our Bowness Bed and Breakfast is situated at the top on Brantfell Road, and our guest rooms overlook Brant Fell’s beautiful woods and open countryside at the back, and offers magnificent views of Lake Windermere and fells from front and side facing windows. If you like walking and views, then you can combine the two very easily indeed by going through the farm gate situated a minute or less from our house at the top of our road, and begin your hike. This trail is also called The Dales Way, which is a long distance walk between Bowness on Windermere in the Lake District National Park and Ilkley in North Yorkshire.

Dales Way Footpath
The Dales Way Footpath is a long distance trail that either begins or ends behind Blenheim Lodge in Bowness on Windermere, depending on which direction the hiker is walking.
Lake Windermere view from blenheim lodge, Bowness
This pretty view of Lake Windermere and Claife Heights fell was snapped from one of our B&B rooms at Blenheim Lodge, Bowness on Windermere.

Walkies

Readers of our Blog posts will know that we have been rescuing giant breed dogs for a while now. Our current rescue dog is a Great Dane called Horatio. He is a handsome fellow and enjoys meeting those guests of ours who have requested to do so. Otherwise, some guests might not even guess that we have a dog in the house. (In actual fact, we now have two dogs in the house: the other being Jake, a rescued German Shepherd which belongs to our son who lives with us.)

Walking The Dales Way
Walkies with Horatio and Jake on The Dales Way near Cleabarrow: this part of the walk can be accessed from Bowness.

Brant Fell is a great place for walkies with the dogs. It is right on our doorstep and so very scenic. Most of the paths are low level and very easy for walkers as long as they look out for tree roots and rocks that might pose a hazard if they trip over them. Even the paths to the summit are wide and easily managed. And although the actual summit itself is rocky, it is not difficult to climb up if one takes care.

One of the picturesque footpaths to and from Brant Fell summit, and here we are walking with our much loved Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Zack.  He lived with us from the age of 8 months, and we continue to miss his loving presence. This path looks right down onto Blenheim Lodge.
Blenheim Lodge
The view of Blenheim Lodge from the back of our Bowness Bed and Breakfast. This photo was snapped from the pathway shown in the photo above.

Post Knott Viewpoint

As one can imagine, there are magnificent views of fell and water throughout the climb up Brant Fell. Along the way from your starting point at Blenheim Lodge, there is another viewpoint – Post Knott. This view point is easily recognised by its wooden bench. Rest awhile on the bench to take in panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the fells.

Walking from Post Knott to Brantfell Summit
This fairytale-like wooded footpath is easy to navigate. Follow it to Post Knott.
Dogs at Post Knott viewpoint
Zack and Horatio at Post Knott viewpoint 2018, just months before we lost our beloved fluffy boy.

Reaching Brant Fell Summit

Walking to Brant Fell summit
This grassy area is just below Brant Fell summit.

There are different areas on Brant Fell summit, which makes it more interesting. At the top of the summit are a couple of pillars. However, irregardless of where one might be on the trek up to Brant Fell or on the summit itself, the countryside and views are outstanding.

Brant Fell summit
Zack enjoyed very much walking to Brant Fell summit. The sheep he met along the way must have often wondered whether he was their boss or one of them because they would stand and stare at him until he passed by. Just take a look at the photo below to see what I mean!
Pyrenean Mountain Dog and sheep on Brant Fell summit
Two sheep stare at Zack on Brant Fell as he walks by.

Brant Fell summit can be rather windy due to its exposed nature. The 360-degree views from the top make up for it though. Just be careful not to be blown off on a windy day!

Here’s Horatio at Brant Fell Summit.

On the other side of Brant Fell summit

The rocks at Brant Fell summit conceal a footpath on their other side. I will add a photo of the rock face here where one can barely see the delineation of the footpath here. It is probably a more difficult walk to manage because the footpath is more like a sheep track and the drop is steep.

Brant Fell Summit Rocks
The rocks at Brant Fell Summit. Can you see the very faint footpath?

Enjoy this walk for yourself!

This walk is easily accessible from Blenheim Lodge. There are stunning views throughout the walk, including some more sedate outlooks. For anyone wishing to enjoy some peace and quiet and to relax away from the madding crowd, Blenheim Lodge offers the perfect place to stay whilst being closely convenient for local shops, restaurants and activities, including Windermere Lake Cruises for days out and good food.

When the Lake District is open again, do come and stay with us at Blenheim Lodge. We would be delighted to welcome you to our house and home. And, if you are a dog person, then you might like to say hello to Horatio too!

Our friendly boy enjoys his pats!

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