Windermere Travel Guide

  • Windermere at sunset.
    Windermere at sunset.
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  • Things to Do
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Windermere Things to Do

  • Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway

    The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway isn't actually in Windermere but as it's close by I'll write about it here anyway as it can be combined with steamboat trips from Ambleside and Bowness.If you like old steam trains and beautiful scenery it's an amazing trip down memory lane or a fascinating glimpse of a bygone era for those who can't remember...

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  • Townend

    This house belonged to the Brownes of Townend who lived there for over 400 years. The house had 12 generations until 1942. The family were considered as 'well to do farmers' who had 800 acres of land and mainly farmed ship. They also owned several mills in the area as well as an inn. The house is renowned for its carved oak furnitre. George Brown,...

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  • Cruise Lake Windermere

    If the weather is nice a Lake Windermere cruise from Bowness is a lovely way to see the islands in the lake and the surrounding area and to get a better feel of just how big the lake is. There are various cruise options you can take. If you're there on a Wednesday or Saturday evening during the summer months they also do a jazz cruise which is...

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  • Take a boat out onto Windermere

    What better way to get to know the biggest lake in England than taking a boat out?We opted to hire a rowing boat for an hour early one morning in November, and had the lake pretty much all to ourselves.The quiet and the views were really special and we would definitley go out again...but it does take someone with good arms to get you round Belle...

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  • The World of Beatrix Potter!

    The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction'Don't miss my World of Beatrix Potter Attractiontravelogue.Discover Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and all their friends in a magical indoor recreation of Beatrix Potter's original Tales, complete with the sights, sounds and even smells of the countryside.

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  • Bowness-on-Windermere

    About a 20 minute downhill walk from Windermere itself or a short bus ride away is the lakeside Bowness. Catch a ferry to other lakeside villages or visit the Beatrix Potter shop / museum? in Bowness itself. Some other souvenir shops that sell candies, books and lifestyle products.Whilst we were there in the evening, the church bells went off...

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  • Summer Sunset

    Catch the beautiful sunsets at Ambleside in summer - the colours give the area a surreal feel. Many people will bask in the sunset giving the entire place a feel of time gone by.

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  • Lake Windermere

    Windermere, at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in England, and is fed by numerous rivers. The Romans built their fort of GALAVA at its northern end (Waterhead), and it has always been an important waterway for movement of heavy materials.Bowness-on-Windermere - Lakeland's most popular holiday resort -...

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  • Aquarium of the Lakes

    Just a mini aquarium but still fun to visit, exhibiting quite a lot of species you would expect to find in the district. The otters were my favourite, as wild otters are so hard to see. I also liked all the mice they had.This visit took us about an hour or two, its a good attraction for families and people interested in wildlife. You can also get...

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  • Windermere

    Windermere is the largest lake in England and is in the Lake District National Park. "mere" means "lake" so referring to "Windermere" as "Lake Windermere" means "Lake Winderlake."

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  • Cruising the Lake

    Get an unlimited pass to cruise the greatest lake in the UK - Windermere Lake. Leave off the boat, have some short walks, visit the Aquarium of the Lakes - then take the boat again and keep dropping off and going on where it suits you. The scenery is fantastic

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  • Aquarium of the Lakes

    Aquarium of the LakesThe Aquarium of the Lakes takes you on a journey of discovery that follows a Lakeland river from its starting point high up in the mountains to its final destination in the sea. Along the way you are introduced to the fascinating array of wildlife found above and beneath the lakes.

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Windermere Hotels

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  • Braemount House

    Stayed at Braemount House for five nights between the 9th and 14th May 2006. The host, Janine and...

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  • Glenville House

    Spent a night at Glenville house in July of 2010. Booked the room on the net with alot of...

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  • Rosemount

    With so many quaint little B&B's to choose from in this area, it's hard to choose. I can't even...

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Windermere Restaurants

  • Tea Too Internet Cafe

    Need to send a message home and let your friends and family know that you're alive? Why not sit down with some coffee and a sandwich and enjoy yourself at the same time. This little cafe is always filled with people from all over the world. The Welsh owner is a friend of mine, and I guarantee that if you say hello, he'll be a friend of yours,...

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  • Little gem of a restaurant

    We picked out Sutherlands as it looked like a quiet 'authentic' place to eat (shame i didn't get pics, coz it looks so cute), and there was an open fire which was appreciated in November :) The restaurant is cozy, and the food was great. Home made and fresh, usually with locally sourced ingredients and the portion sizes were good. The prices was...

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  • A wide selection of gluten free options

    A small but friendly cafe/bistro, serving homemade breakfasts and lunches. Everything on the menu is marked if there is a gluten free option.It opens from 8am-3pm every day, and Friday & Saturday it is open for evening meals as well.Their website has their menu and further information on it.They advise booking for the evening meals, but during the...

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Windermere Nightlife

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    by originalribenababy Written Jan 13, 2008

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    This was a nice quiet pub just along from Sutherlands restaurant.

    It had a nice atmosphere and open fires for keeping warm in November :)

    The drinks weren't too expensive and it was just a nice laid back place to have a few drinks and catch up with friends.

    Dress Code: No dress code, just a casual pub

    View of the Old John Peel from Sutherlands Restaur The Old John Peel
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Windermere Transportation

  • taxis in Windermere

    Windermere Taxis have got minibuses (up to eight passengers) and cars. We can take wheelchairs, bicycles, dogs and luggage. We can do tours if you want them, or just a quick dash down the road to your hotel. Whatever your journey, nobody knows Windermere like the taxi drivers. Call us when your train passes Oxenholme and we'll collect you from the...

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  • taxis in Windermere

    Windermere Taxis have got minibuses (up to eight passengers) and cars. We can take wheelchairs, bicycles, dogs and luggage. We can do tours if you want them, or just a quick dash down the road to your hotel. Whatever your journey, nobody knows Windermere like the taxi drivers. Call us when your train passes Oxenholme and we'll collect you from the...

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  • Buses

    There is a bus stop at Windermere Railway Station. In the summer there are buses every 20 minutes going to Bowness in one direction or Keswick in the other direction.All through the year there are hourly buses that run to Kendal and Lancaster one way, and in the other direction go to Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick.Day passes can be bought from the...

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Windermere Shopping

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    by BlueBeth Written Jan 5, 2007

    Ok, this could be just a North of England thing, but I adore Lakeland! It used to be called Lakeland Plastics and they issue a mail order catalogue two or three times a year. The first time I got my hands on one of these catalogues I spent over £100! They sell homeware, and a few specialist foods (Australian eating liqourice, munchy pumpkin seeds that kind of thing) and have every kind of gadget for the kitchen you could possibly imagine. It's the kind of company that gets thankyou letters by the thousand, and also if you have a utensil that you've had for ever and it's nearing the end of it's life, they'll try and find a new one for you. Even going so far as to get local people to replicate the tool. Some of their best selling products have begun their life this way.

    I found a cereal dispenser that I know my kids will love, and by the time we'd left we were struggling to fit everything in the car!

    What to buy: Gadgets! They have stuff I didn't even know I couldn't live without!

    What to pay: No more than your average department store.

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Windermere Warnings and Dangers

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    by uglyscot Written Jul 3, 2011

    The landscape changes from Ullswater to Windermere. The mountains are smoother but still impressive. The road however is narrow, and very winding. It is difficult when a greedy driver tries to take up more of his share of the road, as there is little room to move to except on to the very narrow verge . Dry stone walls line the roads making it seem narrower than ever. And it is difficult to drive at anything but slowly..
    I personally find driving in such conditions very stressful, even when it was a bright sunny day as we had.

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Windermere Off The Beaten Path

  • by feeya Updated Aug 26, 2010

    We had hired a car for our trip and so i would definately advise a little meander through the countryside that makes up cumbria, it is most beautiful and scenic and you see many sheep and cows, the roads can become very very narrow so do be careful.

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