Walk through woodland and along the quietest of Windermere’s lakeshore paths. Pass the site of an historic iron forge, enjoy beautiful views of the lake and some of its islands, then ramble up to a tarn that few people visit.

To drive to the start, from the A590 at Haverthwaite follow signs for Grizedale to a triangular junction then for Hawkshead to Low Dale Park picnic area on the left. (Grid reference SD 349 917)

1 Walk northwards along the road for 0.4mile. Turn right at the fingerpost by Middle Dale Park. Go through a gate onto an uphill track through woods, turning left at a waymarker.

The track descends as a forest track down to a road. Turn left and at the bottom of a hill, right onto the bridleway signed Low Cunsey. Keep by the right of the beck, passing the site of a Seventeenth Century iron forge.

On meeting a road, turn left over the bridge and walk along the road for 0.6mile then turn right onto a signed path.

2 Walk along the lakeside path (part of the Windermere Way) past boathouses and, after a mile, near the tiny island of Ling Holme.

The path continues to Rawlinson Nab, a pretty wooded peninsula with a bench seat offering great views over the south of the lake. Continue along the shore path to the road.

Turn left and after a mile, at the top of a hill, turn left at a fingerpost onto a waymarked footpath to the lakeside.

At the boathouse turn right and continue along a shore path passing Silver Holme Island. The path becomes craggy just before meeting a wire-topped wall then turns right to the road.

3 Turn left and cross the road opposite the YMCA centre main entrance to a gate and ascend a steep path through woods.

Turn right onto a stony track to the top of Stott Park Heights. Continue ahead along a grass path, going downhill and bending right into a valley. Go through a high metal gate on the left into enclosed access land containing newly planted trees.

Turn right and descend to the bottom left corner of a wood. Go through a metal gate, across a beck, over the corner of a fence-topped wall then turn left.

Ascend Green Hows diagonally right and go to the right of its fenced top for a view over Windermere.

4 Continue around the fence on the left to a summit. Green Hows Upper Tarn appears below on the right. Descend to the tarn then follow the track to the right down through woodland.

Turn left at the road, past Green Hows Tarn and shortly after the highest point turn right over a wall stile onto a path signed Dale Park.

Turn left in front of a road barrier onto a path through a gate and across a beck.

At a crossing of paths go straight ahead on the path signed Low Dale Park. Turn left after the farm and descend to the road opposite to where the walk began.