Things to do nearby Low Cleabarrow
Windermere and Bowness on Windermere draw visitors from all over the world as the first and arguably most famous stopping off point on a Lake District tour. Windermere became popular with the advent of the railway in 1847. It is the quintessential Lakeland location, with grand terraces of slate built guesthouses and a beautiful backdrop of gentle fells.
The lakeside piers of Bowness on Windermere are the launch point for the magnificent steamer boat rides along the lake. One of the steamers connects with the lakeside railway at the southern end of the lake. There are 18 islands on the lake mostly small rock outcrops known as holmes. All 18 have names, something worth knowing for local pub quizzes!
Windermere snakes for 11 miles and is the largest lake in the UK as well as being the longest in the Lake District. The lake is surrounded by small foothills and low fells. There are many pleasant footpaths on the shores and woodlands around the lake. One of the more notable short walks in the area is to Orrest Head. This small top is a short walk from the town centre. It is the viewpoint from where Alfred Wainwright first viewed the Lake District panorama and was inspired to begin his epic series The Pictorial Guides.
Windermere was the inaugural host for the Great North Swim. The event takes place every September and has grown from 2,000 swimmers to over 6,000 tackling the open water mile.
Windermere is very well served by public transport. Main line trains stop at the station and onward buses run very regularly. You can also reach the opposite shore of the lake using the ferry service.
The town on the lakeshore is actually Bowness-on-Windermere rather than the village of Windermere although the area as a whole is generally known as Windermere. The town is very popular with visitors and usually top of the list for people’s first taste of Lakeland. Whilst the town is not directly surrounding by mountains, the distant vista is magnificent - from the Coniston and the Langdales to Scafell Pike.
Further afield Ambleside is at the northern end of the lake. This town is popular with walkers as there is direct access to great walks such as the Fairfield Horseshoe, Wansfell and Loughrigg. Ambleside is also good for shopping and eating out with plenty of independent shops and high quality outdoor shops.
To the south of Windermere the land flattens out to rolling countryside. The land is typified by lush farmland and low drystone walls. There are several dramatic limestone cliffs to the south of Windermere; Whitbarrow in the Lyth Valley is a particularly stunning example. For more information on the southern Lake District peninsulas please click here.