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Windermere
Travel Guide

Windermere which includes café lifestyle, heritage architecture and signage

Ride a boat around the islands of this scenic lake and visit the charming villages where some of England’s greatest writers lived.

Windermere is England’s largest lake, with spectacular views of the surrounding green hills and valleys. Pleasant villages with museums dedicated to the Lake District’s treasured writers surround the lake, which is 11 miles (17 kilometers) long. Rent a boat to visit some of the lake’s 18 islands.

Cycle along the lake’s perimeter and enjoy the serene ambiance. Find a spot for a picnic with a view of the water. Choose one of the many romantic cruises that take you around the lake. North of the water is Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, which has wildlife trails and intriguing displays.

Visit some of the quaint villages lining the shores. Ambleside on the northern side has rows of charming boutiques and cafés in Tudor buildings. Stroll through Bowness-on-Windermere to find the The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction, where the rooms and gardens depict scenes from her children’s books.

Northwest of the lake lies the village of Grasmere, formerly home to one of England’s greatest poets, William Wordsworth. See his former family houses at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount and take a trip to the Wordsworth Museum.

Learn about the many world speed record attempts on the lake. Sir Henry Segrave broke the record in 1930 but later capsized and died of his injuries.

Expect fairly wet and mild weather in Windermere, with August the warmest month. April is the driest time of the year, while snow covers parts of the region in winter. The lake is up to 219 feet (67 meters) deep and just less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide.

The area is in the southeastern part of the Lake District National Park in the county of Cumbria. Ride a 1-hour train south from Carlisle or drive the 50-mile (80-kilometer) journey. London is 280 miles (450 kilometers) south. Get around the lake via passenger ferries and steamers.

Enjoy a Windermere trip with a mixture of relaxing cruises, island visits and strolls through quaint villages.

Windermere Manor Hotel
Windermere Manor Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rayrigg Road, Windermere, England
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The price is NZ$101 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Orrest Head and Lake Windermere. World of Beatrix Potter is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Windermere ...
3.9/5Good! (222 reviews)
"Lovely building. A little dated and could do with a bit of TLC like sanding and varnishing tables etc but we had a great stay. Nice and clean, good service, nice breakfast and nice staff. I Would stay again."

Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2020

Windermere Manor Hotel
Low Wood Bay
Low Wood Bay
4 out of 5
Low Wood Bay, Ambleside Road, Windermere, England
The price is NZ$546 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Lake Windermere. Ambleside Pier and Townend are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (305 reviews)
Excellence
"Excellent hotel and venue. Great for both business and pleasure. Very attentive staff where nothing is too much to ask."

Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2020

Low Wood Bay
Laura Ashley - The Belsfield
Laura Ashley - The Belsfield
4 out of 5
Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
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Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Lake Windermere. Hill Top and Lakeland Motor Museum are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (756 reviews)
Great hotel would stay again
"Great hotel and customer service was excellent. Location is ideal for Ambleside and Windermere. Dinner was delicious with good service in a relaxing environments. Nothing was to much trouble and even changing tables was no hassle. I would stay again"

Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2020

Laura Ashley - The Belsfield
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The Stables
The Stables
3.5 out of 5
Bank Road, Windermere, England
Situated in Windermere, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of World of Beatrix Potter and Lake Windermere. Old Laundry Theatre and Bowness Pier ...
4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
Excellent stay
"Excellent location and very clean."

Reviewed on 17 Dec. 2020

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Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
Hapimag Burnside Park Apartments
4 out of 5
The Lodge, Kendal Road, Windermere, England
Situated on a lake, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix Potter. Windermere Golf Club and Brockhole - the Lake ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)
Happy stay at Hapimag
"On arrival the check in staff were very welcoming and helpful. The apartmenthad been meticulously clean....clearly Covid aware. The apartment was lovely and porbably better than described. An easy 10 minute walk in to town for great restaurants, bars, shops and sightseeing."

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2020

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Beech Hill Lodge at Fallbarrow Park
Beech Hill Lodge at Fallbarrow Park
3.5 out of 5
Fallbarrow Park Rayrigg Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
Situated in Windermere, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Old Laundry Theatre, Lake Windermere and World of Beatrix Potter. Bowness Pier and Windermere ...
Beech Hill Lodge at Fallbarrow Park
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