Windermere Cumbria England
The town of Windermere is now an extension of Bowness-on-Windermere , just a short distance up hill from the shores of the lake. Originally a tiny village named Birthwaite occupied the area, until the coming of the railway in 1847, when the railway company re named the village after the lake.
Windermere grew into a resort with many fine Hotels and private houses, built by wealthy industrialists who could live in the glorious surroundings of the Lake District and travel to work in ease, by rail.
You can learn about the Lake District’s geological beginnings, landscape, wildlife, traditions and people and see how it is cared for today. Marvel at the stunning Water Feature – Try out the Giant Video Microscope – Make a Glacier Move – Take a Magic Carpet Ride across mountains, lakes and valleys.
At the heart of the Lake District and just a mile away from the lake of the same name, the Lakeland town of Windermere offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and nearby fells. Its great selection of accommodation, ranging from family run B&Bs and cosy guest houses to luxurious hotels, provides the perfect base for a relaxing break in this beautiful area of the county
The natural splendour of the area has provided inspiration for great writers, poets, artists and craftsmen. ‘Hill Top’ is where Beatrix Potter wrote her celebrated children’s stories. The poet William Wordsworth spent many years in the village of Grasmere and his homes ‘Dove Cottage’, and in later years ‘Rydal Mount’ , house many mementoes of the great man.
Windermere on the hillside and Bowness on the lake shore are set within the Lake District National Park, each with their own character and charm. At ten and a half miles long, Windermere is the longest lake in England and offers panoramic views of the surrounding fells. Blackwell , the recently refurbished and inspirational Arts and Crafts house designed by Baillie Scott, sits in an elevated position overlooking the lake.
The Lake District , well known for its natural beauty and wide variety of outdoor activities, also offers a wealth of superb visitor attractions, festivals and events for all the family
Step back in time at one of South Lakeland’s historic houses or fascinating museums, relax on a lake cruise or steam railway or follow in the footsteps of great literary characters like William Wordsworth , Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin who all lived in the Southern Lake District and whose homes you can visit.
Children can come face to face with animals from around the world at two wildlife centres, an aquarium and a sheep and wool centre or enjoy a magical indoor recreation of Beatrix Potter’s famous characters. The whole family can explore deep underground in a slate mine too.
If you are looking for a souvenir of your visit, there are working potteries, photographic, art and craft galleries, design studios and plenty of other shopping opportunities, including an outlet centre in Kendal.
For those who want to get active, there’s a climbing wall, leisure centre and a high wire adventure experience in Grizedale Forest!
These are just a few ideas for great days out in South Lakeland. Select any of the attractions in the list below for full details and enjoy what the area has to offer.
Windermere is a centre for watersports and climbing enthusiasts, but for the less adventurous visitor it also offers a multitude of charming shops, pubs and restaurants to relax away the day. Visit one of the many superb attractions, such as the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole and the Windermere Steamboat Museum.
There are walks to suit all abilities, ranging from shoreline strolls to energetic hikes up the fells, and the opportunities for outdoor activities are endless, from swimming and canoeing to water skiing and sailing.
At 10 and a half miles long and half a mile broad at its widest point, Windermere is England’s largest lake. A trip aboard Windermere Lake Cruises allows you to enjoy the splendour of the scenery from a different perspective.
Posted on July 16, 2012, in Travel Destinations and tagged Beatrix Potter, Birthwaite, Bowness-on-Windermere, Dove Cottage, Giant Video Microscope, John Ruskin, Lake District National Park, Magic Carpet Ride, Rydal Mount, William Wordsworth, Windermere, Windermere Cumbria, Windermere Cumbria England, Windermere England. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.