A stunning view without the walk: Hammarbank, Windermere

Staying at home: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Lake District

At this time, Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District National Park Authority are urging visitors not to visit the Lake District, despite the change in lockdown rules on exercise which come into force on 13 May 2020.

Cumbria and the Lake District have sadly experienced some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the UK, and there are many anxieties related to this (e.g. the Lake District National Park Authority has expressed concern for the welfare of Mountain Rescue Team members, volunteers who often work for front line services).

I am also deeply concerned about the welfare of visitors, with many local walks containing ‘bottle necks’ such as stiles, gates and narrow walled paths, which will not allow for social distancing.

All visitor attractions, cafes and non-essential shops are currently closed in line with government rules.

For guidance and official advice on visiting the Lake District during this difficult time, please take a look at the websites of the Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria Tourism.

12/05/2020

If you’re in the Windermere area, or just passing by on a day out, you’d be mad not to stop briefly at one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the area. Hammarbank (sometimes spelt Hammerbank depending on where you look) is situated just outside Windermere on the A592 (Rayrigg Road), near Cook’s Corner roundabout. Turn off this roundabout as though you are heading to Bowness, and you’ll find the viewpoint car park shortly after on your right hand side. In fact, if you don’t want to, you don’t even have to leave your car to enjoy the view – this viewpoint is suggested as one of the Lake District National Park Authority’s ‘Miles without Stiles’ views for those with limited mobility, along with a few other viewpoints around the area.

I stopped at this viewpoint both today and yesterday to take some pictures illustrating the varied colours that are so characteristic of the local scenery. What I find so amazing about views in the Lakes is that they are never the same two days running – or sometimes even two minutes running! If you happen to be passing at the end of a lovely day, the sunsets are absolutely incredible, though sadly I’ve never had my camera on me when I’ve witnessed the best panoramas made up of unbelievable shades of oranges and blues.

Hammarbank, Windermere
The view yesterday from Hammarbank, Windermere

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hammarbank viewpoint, Windermere
The sun was just starting to break through in this photograph taken from Hammarbank, Windermere, today

One Comment

  1. And the other good news is that in the summer season, there should usually be an ice cream van at Hammarbank during the day.

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