With some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes on our doorstep. How you choose to spend your time here is entirely up to you – here are some ideas…
A good starting point can be on one of the many tranquil Lakes. Regular sailings on Lake Windermere from Bowness offer a relaxing way to see spectacular panoramic views from England’s largest lake. You can also take out your own boat out to explore the lake at your pace. For more details on rowing or motor boat hire and cruise timetables, visit www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk.
Alternatively, why not head north to Coniston Water, where two traditional timber launches offer three different circular routes on Coniston Water or sail in a sumptuous, upholstered saloon on the Steam Yacht Gondola. Further north again, where ‘‘Ullswater Steamers’ create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District, also makes for a great day out.
Hill Top Farm was Beatrix Potter’s first house, bought using money she had made from her early books. Today visitors can view the untouched house, exactly as Beatrix left it. Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth during his years as a supreme poet, the house and museum at Grasmere share his life & work. Blackwell is Britain’s finest surviving Arts and Crafts house designed by M.H.Baillie Scott, situated on the banks of Lake Windermere, it has some spectacular views. Brantwood is the former home of John Ruskin, and filled wit his treasures and a beautiful hillside garden overlooking Coniston Water.
Shopping in The Lake District is an opportunity to browse away from the high street; with a wealth of independent gift, clothing and homeware shops you might just find that unique gift or treat for yourself that you wouldn’t find at home. Windermere, Grasmere, Keswick and Hawkshead are particular hot spots.
With 5 of England’s highest mountains, The Lake District offers a challenge to the hardiest of walkers. For more information on the many mountain, fell and lakeside walks across Cumbria, go to Sprayway Family Walks.
There are some beautiful local walks which start from and finish at Windermere.
The foot of Orrest Head is just 10 minutes from us at Glenville house, a gentle 45-minute climb, rewarded with spectacular views of Lake Windermere and the Langdale Pikes.
A Lake shore walk, only10 minutes’ walk from Glenville
Ideal for after a morning Lake Cruise, a circular walk starting from the centre of Bowness, climbing Post Knott to a viewpoint from which you can see nearly the whole of Lake Windermere and Claife Heights.
For more information on the 3 local walks visit www.windermere-walks.co.uk.