Focus on Windermere


Windermere is probably the most popular tourist destination in the Lake District. The town takes its name from Lake Windermere just over a mile away and was first developed in the 1800s when the railway station was built.

We have a growing number of Lake District cottages in Windermere. The town is eternally popular along with its close neighbour Bowness-on-Windermere and it is easy to see why. The lake is a huge draw for visitors. At over 11 miles long it is not only the longest in the Lake District but also the longest in England. A boat trip on Lake Windermere is one of the main visitor attractions in the south Lakes. A trip around the lake takes in the beautiful lowland scenery and views to the distant high fells. Unlike all the other lakes in the lake District, Windermere does not sit directly below high mountains but remains justifiable popular.

Bowness-on-WindermereSo what else is there to do in Windermere when you are staying in one of our self catering cottages? Well there is walking for a start. The Dales Way finishes in Bowness. There is a very pretty section between Bowness and Staveley that can be enjoyed as a linear walk making use of the railway stations at Staveley and Windermere. Undoubtedly the most famous walk is to Orrest Head following in the footsteps of famous guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright. On his first visit to the Lake District he climbed to the top of Orrest Head in 1930 and surveyed the view declaring ‘those few hours on Orrest Head cast a spell that changed my life’.

Bench on Orrest Head near WindermereAside from walking, Windermere and Bowness both have thriving town centres where you can browse the shops to your heart’s content. The famous kitchen and homeware giant Lakeland is right next to the railway station. Windermere and Bowness are both filled with a variety of independent shops selling everything from books, antiques and crafts to specialty food, crafts and of course outdoor clothing.

The Crook Road just out of Bowness is famed for the selection of high quality places to eat including the Wild Boar, Gilpin Lodge and Linthwaite House.

Click on the link for details on things to do in Windermere.

Thank you to Sean McMahon for kindly allowing the use of his image of Windermere from School Knott.