Gummer’s How walk

Child climbing at the top of a mountain

Gummer’s How walk is a great starter fell climb for children in the Lake District. We love finding child-friendly walks in the Lake District. The free car park is already partway up this modest hill (321m above sea level) in the southern Lake District. The views from the top are stunning and you can imagine how surprising it is for kids to find cows on the top. There are a couple of different routes to the top, one which is easier and one that is a bit more a scramble but still perfectly possible with kids (my youngest was 4 years old when we did it).

two children at the summit of a mountain

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Where is Gummers how?

Gummer’s how is a modest hill in the southern Lake District. It is is located near the southern end of Windermere.

children and a dog at the top of a mountain

Gummer’s How car park

The walk starts at the free Gummer’s How forestry commission car park. There are also a few lay bys nearby if the car park is full we visited mid-morning on an October Sunday and got the last space. The car park is on the right, approximately half a mile up Fell foot Brow. The sat nav postcode is LA12 8NW and you can find it on google maps by searching for Gummers how car park.

One of the reasons this fell is easier is that the car park is already 200m above sea level. 

cattle on a mountain

Gummers How walk

  • Start and finish – Gummers how car park (free).
  • Approximate duration – 90 minutes (our youngest was 4 years old when we did this walk so you might be faster)
  • Distance – 1.5 miles
  • Accessibility – This is an uphill walk, rocky in many places. This walk is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
  • Public toilets – There are no public toilets on this walk

The route

1. From the car park either walk up the road (no pavement) to the gate on the left-hand side of the road or at the top right of the car park there is a woodland path that takes you to the same place and it is a bit safer than walking along the road with no pavement when you have young children. 

Sunlight through woodland
Children climbing a hill in the woods

2. Once you are through the kissing gate you might see some of the Luing Cows. We had to wait for some to cross our path and we were also very surprised to see some right at the summit too! 

Luing cattle on the path at Gummers how

3. Follow the path up the hill. The route to the top is very obvious most of the way. The only place where you really have a choice of which way to go is a little over halfway. You reach the top of a slate set of steps. The path seems to stop. In front of you is a rocky scramble and to the right is a grassy area. There are no signs and when we were there everyone was doing the scramble. We assumed this was the only way to the top. 

Rocky path on a mountain
The more challenging route on the left
Path up a mountain
The easier route is to the right

4. We later discovered the grassy area to the right does lead to a more gentle climb to the summit. Our 7 year old managed the scramble with ease. Our youngest needed holding on to tightly and I almost turned back with her at one point. I definitely recommend the easier route for less experienced little legs. 

child climbing a mountain

5. It was definitely worth the climb. The views at the top over Windermere are stunning. The kids loved seeing cows up there too. It’s not every day you see cows on a “mountain”. Once you finish admiring the views at the top, retrace your steps back or try the alternative route down.

view of lake windermere from the top of Gummers how

We really enjoyed our climb up Gummers how. It’s a great introduction to Wainwright walks for young families. It definitely isn’t buggy friendly. Find the best Pram-friendly walks lake district here.

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Nearby places to visit

We love visiting * Sizergh castle. We particularly love the play trail through the woods.

The farm trail at nearby Low Sizergh barn is also fun and the campsite looks lovely too.

Where to next?

Gummers how is one of the best family walks in the North West, click through to find lots more ideas for family walks.

We love the Lake District, find the best things to do in the lake district with kids here.

If the weather is bad, you need my post on things to do in the Lake District when it rains.

I know as well as the next parent that walking with kids isn’t always easy. That’s why I always have a set of Go find it cards in my posket.

Find loads of ideas for fun things to do on a walk with kids here.

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