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With the water’s shores so close, the scenery is always fantastic and the leisure activities plentiful. The village of Windermere itself has plenty of shops and nice restaurants to enjoy where you can eat outside and enjoy the fantastic scenery. Several local viewpoints offer visitors panoramic views of both the lake and the more distant Pennines.
Windermere and wider Cumbria have a wide selection of accommodation types to choose from, including some local hotels and bed & breakfasts. Why not spoil yourself and stay in a luxurious spa, perfect to relax in and receive some pampering.
Windermere, originally a small hamlet called Birthwaite, came to prominence with the completion of the railway link from Kendal. The railway terminated at Windermere to avoid the steep descent into the lakeside at Bowness.
Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most popular holiday locations in the Lake District. With immediate access to the waters of Windermere, it is an excellent location for water activities, such as boating.
Bring the family to Grizedale Forest, which offers tree top adventure activities and much more for the whole family to enjoy. It makes for a perfect location for a great day out. There are different levels of park walking trails to suit all needs. Take a picnic and make a day of it.
While staying in Windermere take the opportunity to explore the rest of Cumbria. The North Pennines, Eden Valley and a section of the Yorkshire Dales are all located within Cumbria.
Cumbria itself is a real treasure trove of historic sites including some of the earliest stone circles in the UK. Hadrian’s Wall runs along its border making for a real interesting place to delve further into Britain’s historic and famous past.
Explore Cartmel Priory; a simple beautiful priory with some great examples of Norman architecture. This large Priory in the small village of Cartmel does not disappoint in terms of structure with beautiful carved effigy of a knight and his lady, coupled with interesting wall plaques and floor tomb stones.
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Pennines is one of England’s most picturesque places. Made up of expansive countryside of heather moors and peatlands, with lush green dales as far as the eye can see, along with its welcoming communities and intriguing remains of a mining and industrial past, make it a top place to visit when in Cumbria.
This romantic Lake District guesthouse is set on a hilltop overlooking Lake Windermere, with numerous walking trails and historic homes nearby. Lake District National Park is 3 km (1.8 mi) away.
This family-friendly Windermere hotel is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Old Laundry Theatre, World of Beatrix Potter, and Bowness Bay Marina - Electric boat hire. Hill Top is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
Located in Bowness-on-Windermere, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Old Laundry Theatre. Bowness Bay Marina - Electric boat hire and Lake District National Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Treetop Trek and Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre. Ambleside Roman Fort and Townend are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Bowness-on-Windermere, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Old Laundry Theatre and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Hill Top. World of Beatrix Potter and Bowness Bay Marina - Electric boat hire are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in Windermere, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake District National Park, Holehird Gardens, and World of Beatrix Potter. Old Laundry Theatre and Bowness Bay Marina - Electric boat hire are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Bowness-on-Windermere, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Old Laundry Theatre. Bowness Bay Marina - Electric boat hire and Lake District National Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Windermere, this spa hotel is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bowness Bay Marina - Electric boat hire and Old Laundry Theatre. Fell Foot Park and World of Beatrix Potter are also within 6 mi (10 km).