Windermere in the English Lake District is such an easy and convenient place to visit but feels like a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of a big city. Being just a 25 minute drive from the M6 motorway, Windermere is of course a hugely popular destination whilst retaining its Lakeland charm and its accessibility makes it an ideal location for a weekend away. But a car isn’t a must for visiting Windermere. Having a train station that links to the West Coast mainline station of Oxenholme – the Lake District means a car is not a necessity to visit opening up this area to the widest of visitors. Those non car owners, those that wish to have a car free holiday or those wanting a more sustainable holiday are not hindered in anyway and can have as good a holiday as those travelling by cars. Businesses and individuals throughout Cumbria and the Lake District know how lucky they are to live and work in one the most beautiful locations in the UK and the preservation through sustainable practices and the lowering carbon footprints is essential to maintain the beauty for future generations to come.
Whether it’s for a romantic getaway or grabbing a short break away with the family, Windermere offers something for everyone and a brief list is described below.
Cruises on Lake Windermere
Take a cruise on Lake Windermere just down to Waterhead for access to Ambleside or up to the Northwern most point of the Lake at Newby Bridge. Sailing run all year round and enable views of the fells from a different angle as well as a relaxing and peaceful way to travel.
No matter where guests accommodation is, there are walks right from the front door. Orrest Head has a super vantage point where the full length of Lake Windermere can be seen along with views towards the Langdales, in fact Windermere is a perfect base for exploring any of the South Lakeland fells.
For the Thrill Seekers!
Being the adventure capital of the UK, the Lake District is fully geared up for a multitude of adventure activities including climbing, canoeing, mountain biking and ghyll scrambling and for all abilities. Novices in any of the above pursuits can be guided by professionals in a number of Association of Mountaineering Instructors accredited businesses.
Arts and Literature
Windermere and the surrounding areas have influenced writers and artists for years including Wordsworth, Ruskin and Ransome not to mention Beatrix Potter. Blackwell Arts and Crafts House is a must to visit along with Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin in nearby Coniston and Dove Cottage, the hoe of Wordsworth in nearby Grasmere.
Where to stay
Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant is in the heart of Windermere, just a 2 minute walk from the train station yet with private, off road parking for car travellers. Rooms range from Deluxe to the new luxury hot tub suites. Rates from £150. Look out for the free dinner offer on rooms booked for 2 nights or more Sunday – Thursday.