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Gummer's How, Ulverston

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Gummer's How is a hill in the southern part of the Lake District, on the eastern shore of Windermere, near its southern end. How, derived from the Old Norse word haugr, is a common local term for a hill or mound.

Although a relatively small hill (321 metres above sea level) by the standards of the Lake District, it is the highest of the foothills in the area and commands excellent views, particularly along Windermere (the summit looks out over the magnificent Town Head House estate towards the lake), but also across to the Coniston fells and the central fells, as well as the broad panorama of Morecambe Bay. There is an OS trig point on the summit.

The walk to the summit is usually from the road at Astley's Plantation car park, itself at over 200 metres above sea level, and only 700 metres from the summit. Although short and easy by most standards, and popular with families, it has many of the characteristics of a walk in the higher Lakeland fells, with some (short) steep slopes, rocks to negotiate, and rowan, bracken and heather. The lower slopes are forested, but the upper portion is moorland.
Gummer's How is the subject of a chapter of Wainwright's book The Outlying Fells of Lakeland. He describes it as "an old man's mountain", and says of it: "And when ancient legs can no longer climb it know ye that the sad day has come to hung up the boots for ever and take to slippers".
Simon Jenkins rates the Windermere panorama of the Lake District, Pennines and Morecambe Bay as one of the top ten in England.
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  • This is good short walk for an afternoon or morning. A good free car park close to the beginning of the walk. If you do not want to bump into naked ramblers avoid mid August who stay for the... 
    This is good short walk for an afternoon or morning. A good free car park close to the beginning of the walk. If you do not want to bump into naked ramblers avoid mid August who stay for the...  more »
  • This is one of my favourite walks in this area. Scenic as you go up and down, and its so peaceful when you get to the top, panoramic views all around the area. Great to take a picnic to eat at the... 
    This is one of my favourite walks in this area. Scenic as you go up and down, and its so peaceful when you get to the top, panoramic views all around the area. Great to take a picnic to eat at the...  more »
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  • Great walk not too far fantastic views and still gets your heart pumping ❤️🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️
  • Easy walk with multiple options. Brilliant day out and amazing views.

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