In the north, trails lead to Orrest Head, a hill with views across the lake and the fells beyond, and Holehird Gardens, with their alpines, heathers and shrubs.
Being at the top of the hill you will discover breathtaking vistas open up of the lake and surrounding countryside as you walk through the village.
A healthy holiday accommodation and coffee culture has grown up round Windermere Village and there is plenty to see for those who want to linger. Boasting a mix of shops and restaurants, the surrounding areas are rich with gourmet pubs and country house hotels with fine dining second-to-none!
You can take a lake cruise all year round. Try Ghyll scrambling (mountain stream walking & abseiling waterfalls), rock climbing or paragliding. You could simply take a walk along the lakeside and enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of the lake and mountains beyond.
Said to be the Lake District’s most popular visitor destination, Bowness is busy for much of the year. People come to enjoy the lake for sailing and watersports, or just to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the area and the town’s delightful setting.
Bowness has a fabulous array of shops, with a long high street that stretches down to the lakeshore. Here you will find a few well known high street stores interspersed with art galleries, antique shops, independents, and local artisan food producers.
You can shop or just sit back with an ice cream and watch the steamers arriving and departing from Bowness Bay. if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you could hire a rowing boat or walk the Windermere Way, a 45-mile path that takes you around the whole of the lake.
Right at the southern foot of Windermere you can find the Lakes Aquarium where you can discover the fascinating world of wildlife and freshwater creatures that live in and alongside these stunning waters.
The only car ferry in the area crosses the centre of Windermere lake and can take around 10 minutes to cross. It runs from Ferry Nab, just south of Bowness, to Ferry House at Far Sawrey and operates all year round, here you can take in the stunning views!
If you a seek a perfect holiday cottage for the family or your just want to get away from it all with your loved one and your four legged friend, discover your next holiday hideaway in this fabulous part of the North Cornwall.
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