The Lake is at the heart of the area and spreads from Waterhead near Ambleside to Lakeside at its southern edge. Close to the largest and longest lake in England, the town of Windermere is an ideal spot for exploring all the local attractions.
Surrounded by mountain peaks and villages, including Bowness-on-Windermere, where The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction has modern displays on the children’s writer.
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.
Windermere village grew around the railway station which surprises many new to the area that it is about a mile and a half away from the lake. This busy little town has over the years become merged with Bowness-on-Windermere however the two still have very separate town centres.
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.
“The busy towns of Windermere and Bowness are at the heart of the Lake District have been a magnet for visitors for many years and remain popular with all ages.”
A mile and a half downhill from Windermere village and its railway station you will discover the bustling resort of Bowness-on-Windermere.
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.
On and around the Lake
At the southern end of the lake is the Lakeside Pier and the Station of the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway here you can travel by steam train 3.5 miles via Newby Bridge to Haverthwaite, along the old Furness line.
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!
The lake is today one of the sought-after destinations for water sport lovers and several marinas, sailing and windsurfing centres are to be found on the shores. You will also find a great selection of adventure activity companies, guides and instructors for all abilities based around the lake, so you can be as active and as daring as you like!
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.