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 http://www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk.