Things to do - Windermere

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Things to do in and around Windermere

Walks

Windermere & Bowness-on-Windermere can be found roughly at the midpoint on the east side of the longest lake in England "Lake Windermere" [10.5 miles/17km]. Windermere is situated above and away from the lake of about 1 mile/1.5km while Bowness-on-Windermere being the main tourist centre on the lake.

It may seem odd that Windermere, rather than Bowness at the water's edge, takes it name from the lake. The reason behind this was simply to provide the railway station with a more appealing name. Until the opening of the line in 1847 Windermere was known as Birthwaite. Windermere is as far into the heart of the Lake District as the railway was ever driven.

With the railway, Windermere developed quickly around the station, with hotels, boarding houses and shops eventually spreading down the hill to merge with Bowness.

Swans and ducks can be fed at the lakeshore around the Glebe [Bowness-on- Windermere] with boats for hire around the pier. Windermere Steamers the Teal, Tern [100yrs old] and Swan offer a regular service between Ambleside [Waterhead] and Lakeside [Haverthwaite Railway]. A short distance away you will find the ferry that carries passengers and cars across the lake to Sawrey and beyond to Hawkshead. Just south of the ferry a marina can be found with all the facilities you would expect from a modern marina. Back at the Glebe you will find tennis courts and pitch and put golf.

Some of the finest hotels and accommodation can be found in and round Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere. A number of taxi's and buses also operate around the towns and from the railway station.

You will find excellent array of eateries from bistros, cafes, pizza parlours, Indian restaurants, Chinese, fish and chips takeaways. Also there are plenty of shops, ranging from crafts, gifts, clothing, outdoor shops, supermarket [Booths]. There are a number drinking establishments from the quite to the more lively ones.

A footpath next to the Windermere Hotel opposite the railway station takes you through the woods to the top of Orrest Head with one of the finest views in the Lakes.

An excellent and fascinating collection of craft, mainly steam-powered launches from the Victorian and Edwardian times can be found at the Windermere Steamboat Museum. Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and a number of other characters come to life at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction with the latest technology.

A short journey from Windermere on the road to Ambleside brings you to Brockhole the National Park Visitor Centre. Here you can learn about the Lake District and the effort to preserve the beauty of the Lakes. During the summer, you will find a regular programme of events for all ages.

 

 

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