Category: Lake Windermere

Explore the full circumference of Lake Windermere in 2017

Lake Windermere is well known as England’s largest Lake at over 11 miles long equating in over 26 miles to explore along its full circumference. There are numerous outstanding viewing points within easy reach either by car, or by short walk. Gummer’s Howe is probably the most famous being situated at the south end of Lake Windermere. You can drive most of the way, leaving only a 30 minute walk to marvel at the panoramic views over Lake Windermere and across to Morecambe Bay. To see the Lakes from a different perspective, Arnside Knott rewards those who take this gentle climb with stunning views of the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay; simply head for the viewpoint. For a more challenging, but still enjoyable walk for most, take the 2 hour round trip to Brantfell and Post Knott. Take the camera, as there are wonderful views of Windermere, the stunning Langdales and maybe even the Lake District Hotel you’ve chosen. Hope for a clear day and always check the weather forecasts before heading out. Suitable footwear is always important, even on these more leisurely walks, you just never know!

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Around Lake Windermere you’ll find an array of villages and hamlets to enjoy with some real hidden gems crying out to be discovered. While the drive will be slow around the twisting back roads, you’ll discover Fell Foot Park [National Trust] where you can enjoy an ice cream and hire a boat; Aquarium of the Lakes and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway at Lakeside, both being attractions you can enjoy on a sunny or rainy day; head up towards Sawrey and visit ‘Hill Top’, a 17th century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter weaved her lyrical magic. At the north end of Lake Windermere, Ambleside is a Mecca for walking enthusiasts and you can take a lake cruise back up the lake.

If you’re exploring the hidden gems around Lake Windermere then why not stay somewhere other than Bowness or Ambleside? Newby Bridge at the Lakeside end of the lake offers a choice of places to stay, easy to travel to from the M6 yet with Lakeside Pier a few minutes walk away and views of the lake and surrounding fells. Newby Bridge Hotel has private, off road parking, great value room rates and serves tasty, local food. It also has private leisure facilities for guests, all included in the room rates. Deals can be found when booking direct throughout the year via http://www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk.

A Truly Special Boat Trip on Lake Windermere

We were extremely lucky to have been invited on a cruise on Lake Windermere. Most people that have visited Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere will have at some point set sail on a boat up and down the lake, each and every time being amazed at how different the mountains look and the properties usually just driven by.

Our cruise was just that little bit different though. Our cruise was on Mistress, a luxurious 50 foot Sealine T50 flybridge motor yacht. Excluding the steamers, a massive vessel and the largest on Windermere. We got the opportunity from an acquaintance and of course, was very excited to even see this boat let alone have the chance to take a cruise in it.

The moment we got on board, all we could think about was this was the nearest we were going to get to being James Bond! The interior of “Mistress” was quite frankly, stunning and we both said, we could live on this thing!

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Obviously, we needed (yes need, not want) Champagne and I can say hand on heart, it was the best champers I’d ever had as I not had a luxury drink but I was sat in luxury looking and gazing out to some of the best scenery in the United Kingdom.

Back to the views when sailing on Lake Windermere. The Langdales look completely different even when looking from the same location on the road, the Farfield Horseshoe looks like it can be touched and it is amazing how many houses there are that are visible from the lake but not from the road (obviously, they are very grand dwellings).

“Mistress” is owned by the Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere where she is available for 2 hour, half day and full day charter. Well, well worth it to feel as close as it is possible for a normal person to feel like a superstar!