Things to do nearby The Hideaway
The Hideaway is perfectly placed in Windermere, just over a mile up the road from Bowness on Windermere and less than five miles from Ambleside. This area is a wonderfully picturesque side of the Lake District National Park with a vast array of attractions to suit all ages. The village itself has a lovely bustling atmosphere and plenty of places to eat and drink just a short stroll away from the cottage.
Being such a short distance to Bowness-on-Windermere you are perfectly placed to make the most of its independent shops, museums, cinema, pubs, restaurants and cafes. 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. Why not pack a picnic and find a perfect lakeside spot?
If you read the books of Beatrix Potter as a child, or indeed if you are enjoying reading them again as a parent or grandparent then take a trip to The World of Beatrix Potter just down the hill in Bowness and find out more about all your favourite characters – Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, the Two Bad Mice – they’re all in there. Some more fun family days out close to The Hideaway include the Aquarium of the Lakes at Newby Bridge (which you could catch a steamer to from Bowness) where kids can have lots of fun with Oscar the Otter. Why not team it up with a visit to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam railway which stops just next door?
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
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!
Ambleside is a gem of a town in the very heart of the Lake District. Less than five miles away from The Hideaway it's a lovely place to visit. It has something for everyone with plenty of outdoor adventures to be had both on the fells and on the water, fantastic places to eat and drink and a rich history dating as far back as Roman times and including a vibrant literary legacy with both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter having made their homes nearby. It has two independent cinemas called Zeffirelli's and Fellini's which both incorporate excellent vegetarian restaurants for pre or post movie meals and you can even catch some live jazz in Zeffirelli's bar! The town is also home to the Bridge house, surely one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District.
Just beyond Ambleside is Rydal Water and Grasmere – both small lakes with beautiful scenery and walks. If you are lucky enough to visit in bluebell season the hillsides here are laden with the fragrant little beauties. There is an excellent path from Ambleside to Grasmere along the side of these two lakes which makes a nice easy walk or a gentle cycle even with little ones.
Kendal is your nearest large town. The Brewery Arts Centre is well worth a visit – it is a lively arts hub with exhibitions, live music, comedy, cinema and theatre. You can also visit The Quaker Tapestry – an exhibition of 77 small tapestries telling stories of Quaker events throughout the years. Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry make an interesting day out.
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, just 10 minutes away, is an inspirational visit and retains many of its original features – leaf shaped door handles, fireplace inglenooks and carved wood panelling.
Wray Castle is a Mock-Gothic castle owned by the National Trust sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere. You could catch one of the launches over to it from Bowness. It's a magical place for children and adults as, unlike many other stately homes, its rooms are empty making it perfect for little imaginations to run wild. There are dressing up boxes and dens to be made and all of this without being terrified of breaking something! Other stately homes nearby include Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle and Holker Hall. All of these are well worth a visit and hold festivals and events throughout the year.