Last Updated on 18th June 2013
Windermere is perfect if you crave beautiful scenery, serenity and relaxation. Located in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, the quaint little village is full to the brim with pretty shops, cafes, restaurants and bars; and it’s just a 20 minute walk to the lake.
Whether you are staying for one day or one week, there are a vast range of attractions and it is ideally situated near other little villages like Bowness and Ambleside.
Here are 4 fun things to do to make your stay one to remember:
This is a National Heritage site and the former home of author Beatrix Potter. Located less than half an hour from Windermere, the 17th century farmhouse is an absolute delight with a picturesque garden and shop. The house is a time capsule of her life and everything has been preserved including her furniture and precious treasures.
Alternatively, the World of Beatrix Potter is in Bowness-on-Windermere and is a pleasant attraction that retells all of the infamous tales. Most adults find it just as much fun as kids!
Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
This year the railway is celebrating its 40th anniversary and it has plenty to offer train enthusiasts. It is located in Leven Valley, which is at the southern end of Windermere and you can board one of the steamer services to take a delightful cruise to Bowness and Ambleside.
Upon your return, make sure you try one of the railway’s infamous giant homemade fruit scones. They are delicious with freshly whipped cream, lashings of jam and a pot of tea.
Cruises on the lake are very popular. Take in the breathtaking scenery, gorgeous landscapes and incredible wildlife and for something extra special, why not take an evening cruise in the summertime and sail into the sunset.
You can also combine the cruise with a visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum. Take a nostalgic trip back in time to check out the very first bicycles and cars.
Situated in Grasmere, Dove Cottage is renowned as being the former home of English poet William Wordsworth and it is just a 20 minute drive from Windermere. The house is the only place in the world where you can see his personal belongings and there is a charming tea room offering sandwiches, cakes, scones and afternoon tea.
So there you have 4 exciting things to do whilst staying in Windermere. You will definitely want to return again and again!
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