Waterhead at Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness are always busy places with plenty going on all year round. These key locations around England’s longest natural lake have really contributed to the area of the Lake District being a 365 day a year destination.
Developments such as new jetty’s and extra services are making this an even more enticing place for a weekend away or a holiday. The latest news from the lake includes a new fleet of eco friendly boats as well as a fantastic bike boat service. All this on top of the Windermere Lake Cruises regular sailings from Lakeside to Bowness and onto Waterhead for Ambleside and of course the iconic and very handy Windermere Ferry.
Onto hotels and places to stay and the area continues to grow and especially within the luxury market. The area has the highest concentration of luxury and boutique hotels in the whole of the National Park, some may say in the whole of the North West. Luxurious hotel are perfectly matched with luxurious, local food, what better. The standard of food in the Windermere area is ever growing and ever more exciting.
Windermere is less than 20 minutes from the Junction 36 of the M6 for visitors from both the north and south and very accessible too from the east via the A66. For rail passengers then Windermere Train station links directly to the West Coast Mainline, just 10 minutes away. Both of these travelling methods mean A Lake District experience can be had even for just one night.
#theplacetobe for landscapes, luxury and lovely food, Windermere has to be THE destination of choice.
Accommodation Tip: The hot tub suites at Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere. Large suites each with private hot tubs, stupendous bathrooms, gadgets, mood lighting, private balconies and terraces and views. There’s even two dog friendly suites so both 2 and 4 legged guest can be well and truly spoilt!
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!
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 https://www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk.