High Dam must be the top of the list.
My second choice is Tarn Hows near Hawkshead.
My third choice must be Gummer’s How. looking down on to lake Windermere with Lakeside in the distance.
My thanks to https://where2walk.co.uk/lake_district/gummers-how/
|Start Point:||SD 389876. There is a small car park on the Fell Foot side road 1 mile north of Newby Bridge.|
|Height to Climb:||88ms (289 feet)|
|Terrain:||An easy path to the summit and back but a myriad of smaller paths offer great opportunities to explore and vary the route.|
|Eating & Drinking:||There is nothing nearer than Newby Bridge but the outcrops make great picnic spots|
Access is from the Fell Foot Brow road from the southern end of Windermere off the A592. There is a small car park before you get to Sow How Lane if you are coming up from the lake. The path is well trodden and easy to follow, although eroded in places, so watch for small diversions whilst the landscape recovers.
Although not detailed, this map will give you a rough idea of how far the walk is from the road and you will see that from gaining a little height you will have access to views across Windermere and to the fells beyond – quite breath taking.
Wainwright neglected to include Gummer’s How in his 7 main guides, probably due to its insignificant height (less than 400 foot of climbing), but added it later to his Outlying Fells collection. His amusing description here challenges any walker to reach the summit but if they fail to he suggests the potential climber invests in pipe and slippers rather than walking boots! It is simple, can take no more than 1/2 an hour up and down but is worthy of greater exploration. Little rocky outcrops and heather clad slopes are the order of the day on Gummer’s How. It offers great views both up Windermere and also down beyond Newby Bridge to the sea. With nothing else of any interest on the east shoreline of Windermere Gummer’s How is a real find and should be included for all who stay in the area.
Recommend: Although Wainwright talks of the elderly I would add that it is a great first family walk, a worthy summit and has little scrambles ideal for younger children.