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Lottie walked this route on 6 June 2013 whilst staying at a hotel at Newby Bridge that no longer advertises (and may not now be dog friendly). If not staying you'll need to make your own arrangements re parking or joining the route part way. If all else fails there is car park for Gummers How (grid reference SD3896 8764) but you'll miss much of the walk including the best off lead section for your best friend.
Our return route involved a fair bit of road walking and launch trip from Fell Foot Park. If you want to avoid this re-trace your steps from Gummers How.
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From the hotel we turned right along the A590 a short distance to the roundabout, then along the A 592 towards Windermere. Follow the pavement whilst it lasts, then a short section on a road to a right hand turn into a minor road (grid reference SD3738 8624). Follow the minor road to a T-Junction then turn left (towards a 'phone box and away from the sign to the church). Just before the 'phone box TURN RIGHT on to a bridleway (grid reference SD3798 8622). Follow the bridleway up beyond the last house (after which you should be able to let your dog off if well behaved. The bridleway is between walls at first then turns right across a field. Follow the route up the field and into wood via a gate, then up again through a short section of wood to reach a track. KEEP AHEAD on the bridle path (across track) still up through trees (grid reference SD3857 8586). Follow the bridle path to another track (ignoring a footpath on the right shortly before you reach it. TURN LEFT on the track, still following the track (this will be your route until it reaches a road) stay with the track when the bridle path goes ahead into the tress at a bend (grid reference SD3892 8581). At a T junction TURN RIGHT (away from a yellow arrow marker pointing left) and stay with the track as it bends left (where another arrow marker points ahead along a path into the trees). At the next T junction, with a hill in front of you, KEEP LEFT (grid reference SD3932 8734) and follow the track a short distance further to reach a metalled road (Sow How Lane). TURN LEFT and follow the lane almost to a T Junction but TURN LEFT on to a footpath signed to Gummers How. Follow the path close to the road at first then through tress until it reaches the road. Cross the road and follow the path signed to Gummers How. Follow the path to the summit to enjoy fabulous views, make sure you dog is on the lead here and keep an eye on the cattle who manage the grassland (they had calves when we walked and were just a little interested in Lottie).
Retrace your steps back to the road. We TURNED RIGHT and followed the road all the way down to the A 592 (if you want to avoid the road and launch trip return via the outward route), then RIGHT again a short distance to Fell Foot Park (on the left). We had ice creams at a picnic table outside the café before catching the launch to Lakeside. We then walked the road and a section of woodland path part way back to Newby Bridge … but could have caught the train.