Things to do nearby Birch Cottage (Windermere)
Windermere is right at the heart of the Lake District and Birch Cottage is perfectly situated to take advantage of everything that is going on in the area but is also well away from the hustle and bustle of town life.
At Bowness-on-Windermere there is plenty going on. The town itself has plenty of shops, eateries, attractions and a cinema.
Why not take a trip on the steamer around Windermere Lake, where you can hop off and then back on again exploring different parts of the shoreline. Or you could hire some rowing boats, a self drive motor boat, canoes or a sailing boat. If you’d like to learn how to sail there are several places offering courses.
If you read the books of Beatrix Potter as a child, then take a trip to The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness and find out more about all your favourite characters – Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, the Two Bad Mice – they’re all in there.
You can take the car ferry over the Lake from near Bowness to Hawkshead which is one of the Lake District’s prettiest villages. There are no cars in the centre and it is full of whitewashed houses, little cafes and walks leading off in all directions.
Near to Hawkshead is Hill Top – with the fire lit and all her knick-knacks scattered around, it’s as though Beatrix Potter has just stepped out for a walk!
Blackwell’s Arts and Crafts House is an inspirational visit and retains many of its original features – leaf shaped door handles, fireplace inglenooks and carved wood panelling. Other stately homes nearby include Sizergh, Levens Hall and Holker Hall. All are well worth a visit.
There are hundreds of walks in the area too. You can choose from low level walks near the lake, or go up onto the high fells. A favourite is to walk up to Orrest Head which takes you through woodland before you get to the summit, a rocky knoll with fantastic views over to Windermere and the Coniston fells beyond. This is an easy fell to ‘conquer’ and it was here that Wainwright first discovered the Lake District.
Ambleside is another lovely town to visit, and is just a 15 minute drive from Bowness. Here you will find more shops, restaurants, cinema and little nooks and crannies of interest. There is pitch and putt here, a climbing wall and the 17th Century Bridge House which must be one of the most photographed houses in the Lake District.
Just beyond Ambleside is Rydal Water and Grasmere – both small lakes with beautiful scenery and walks.