Windermere Cumbria Lake District Tourist Information- the South Lakes


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Lake District Tourist Information

bowness lake-cruise Bowness on Windermere , so popular for watersports from canoeing to boating to sailing, or a day trip around England's largest natural lake down to Lakeside, up to Waterhead (you are then five minutes walk from Ambleside) aboard one of the several launches or steamers. Bowness Pier is even more beautiful and tranquil in the evening when the day trippers are heading home or outwith the peak season. Relax after your afternoon lake cruise watching the sun set over the hills, maybe only the swans and ducks for company.

Hotels Lake District Windermere It is nowadays difficult to tell where Bowness ends and the town of Windermere begins. Both offer a wide choice of places to stay, from 4 star hotels windermere, to bed and breakfast lake district Bowness to cottages to short breaks self catering Ambleside, to campsites near Lake Windermere

bowness-windermere Standing at Bowness Bay, in the near distance islands such as Belle Isle and Lady Holme, on a clear day the Langdale Pikes in the far distance as a backdrop. Donít miss the World of Beatrix Potter attraction. Visit the Steamboat Museum, a mile from Bowness Bay, or the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway to see first hand the work of the Furness Railway Trust.

ullswater Keen walkers or those with a car will enjoy exploring the Troutbeck Valley via Wansfell, or over the Kirkstone Pass into Padderdale and Ullswater, England's longest lake.

ullswater-steamer Back at Bowness take the Windermere Ferry to the western shore of the Lake, pass Esthwaite Water to Hawkshead, Hawkshead is arguably one of the loveliest villages in Lakeland built on the wealth created from wool. Made famous due to its associations with both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The latter is the author of the enchanting Tale of Peter Rabbit, Miss Moppet and Jeremy Fisher books so beloved by so many children.

Upon her death Beatrix bequeathed Hill Top Farm, Near Sawrey and much of the surrounding land to the National Trust, bought from royalties of her first books. Many of her Peter Rabbit books were set at Hill Top. Wordsworth went to school in the village attending the Old Grammar School from 1779 - 1787. The school is now a delightful museum. Many of the desks are carved, including it is said one by the schoolboy Wordsworth. For some of the time he lodged with Ann Tyson, the cottage is now a delightful bed and breakfast. The village is a delight to explore, white washed cottages, and cobbled streets, upon which cars are banned.

Tarn Hows (NT) A mile or so from Hawkshead village, tree covered islands on a lake, seen on so so many postcards from the Lakes. Surrounded by mature pine forest, against the backdrop of the Coniston Fells. Particularly beautiful in autumn or winter with a sprinkling of snow on the ground. Pleasant walks are to be had around the lakeshore and surrounding hills. If you are quiet, patient and there are no dogs around, you may be very very lucky and catch a glimpse of a red squirrel. This area of Lakeland is one of their last strongholds in England.

dove-cottage Ambleside At the north end of Lake Windermere, an out of doors enthusiastsí delight. Offering everything from climbing equipment and mountain bike hire to guide walks. Lots of accommodation from Ambleside Bed and breakfast guesthouses to self catering and to lake district cottages to hotels Grasmere. The tiny Bridge House(NT) over Stock Ghyll, nearby Stock Ghyll Force a 70 foot waterfall.

On the way to the North Lakes Rydal Water and Grasmere. Rydal Mount with commanding views of Windermere, and four acres of gardens, beloved home of William Wordsworth for 37 years until his death in 1850. Nearby Dove Cottage where Wordsworth lived with his wife Mary his sister Dorothy from 1799 to 1808 and where, many say, he wrote his greatest works- take a guided tour of the cottage and the so English Garden.

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