IMPROVEMENTS to a well-loved Lakeland climb have been ‘extremely’ well received by visitors and residents alike-but there is plenty more to come promises the national park.

The first stage of work to Orrest Head, Windermere, to lay down the Miles Without Stiles easy access footpath, was completed earlier this month and means everyone, including people with limited mobility and families with pushchairs, can enjoy the stunning views from Alfred Wainwright’s first fell.

Mayor of Windermere and Bowness, Councillor Adrian Legge said the path has been a hit with visitors.

He said: “The newly restored path and unique summit seating have been extremely well-received by both local people and by visitors.

“Some of the less-agile locals have said that they never expected to see those spectacular views again and now they can!”

Wheelchair user, Jane Brassington, was one of the first to ascend the fell after the path’s improvement, which saw it surfaced with stone from Elterwater.

"To see the view again after many years is incredible,” she said.

In addition, renowned local artist blacksmith Chris Brammall of CB Arts Ltd, created new bespoke seating for the summit.

But Marian Jones, Lake District National Park area manager, has promised there is plenty more to come.

“In the autumn, when it isn’t so hot and dry, we will plant a hedge alongside the new fence, sow suitable grass seed and plant some native trees around the new path to the summit,” she said.

The authority will also install information panels and more seating is on the way.

“There is still more to come,” added Ms Jones.

“Over the next few weeks, we will install new information panels and improved waymarking along the paths in Elleray Wood.

“CB Arts Ltd is also producing some new seating for the route up. This will have a more organic design, inspired by the surrounding woodland.

“Some additional path improvements and enhanced signposting in Elleray Wood is also part of the project.

“New signs to give information about the view, local history and natural environment will make it easier for people to explore this lovely woodland.”