Windermere is surrounded by the outstanding beauty of the lakes, mountains and fells of the English Lake District; and with our selection of tourist maps and guides - available for our guests to borrow whilst staying with us, it is really easy to plan some great driving, cycling and walking tours of the area.
We are only a few minutes' drive from Lake Windermere and just a 5 minute walk from the centre of Windermere village - where you will find a good selection of welcoming pubs, cosy cafes and top-class restaurants - serving excellent meals and some great real ales!
If you enjoy sporting activities, the following are a small selection of what is available locally.
There are a couple of local stables which offer treks along the pretty country lanes or riding lessons at the stables. Website: www.lakelandequestrian.co.uk Telephone: 015394 31999
You can take the whole family to the lovely Troutbeck Bridge Swimming Pool, which is a 5 minute drive from the house. The pool has great views of the fells on the opposite side of the lake -so enjoy them whilst enjoying your swim.
Visitors to Windermere can play golf at Windermere golf club, or simply enjoy a game of pitch and putt on the Glebe (down by the Lake) at Bowness.
Tennis courts are available in Windermere and Bowness.
Walking and Rambling:
Why not join one of the many guided walks - these normally begin from the Tourist Information Centre in Bowness or Ambleside. The blue badge guides who lead the walks are very knowledgeable about the area. (Details of the walks available can be found at the house). Alternatively, feel free to borrow our maps, and explore at your leisure!
Off-road driving and cycling:
There is off-road driving available through 'Kankku' in Windermere village. Their phone number is 07000 526558.
Bicycles can be also be hired locally at the Country Lanes Cycle Centre which is situated at Windermere railway station (a collection and delivery service to guest houses is also available). Telephone 015394 44544 for prices and further details.
Conducted bus tours:
For those guests who travel to the Lake District by public transport, there are a number of local companies that offer very good minibus tours of the area, and we are only too happy to reserve tours for you. You can choose full day and half day tours and the tour buses will collect you from the guest house and deliver you back again!
Fishing permits are required for most waters of the Lake District - and can be purchased at the Tourist Information Centres in the area.
Windermere Steamboats Museum - Windermere - 0.61 miles
Windermere Steamboats & Museum is located on a former sand wharf site where, for many years, barges unloaded gravel dredged from the bed of the lake. When this operation ceased in 1975, the Windermere Nautical Trust acquired the use of the site and the Museum was built in 1976-77 with the help of The Maritime Trust and the English Tourist Board. For a great day out visit the Windermere Steamboats & Museum situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere. This Windermere attraction offers a unique and historic collection of Steam and Motor Boats. Steam Launch Trips, Shop and Refreshments. The Museum is open 10am to 5pm daily from mid-March to the first week in November
World of Beatrix Potter - Bowness-on-Windermere - 0.96 miles
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction can be found in Windermere. The attraction as won a number of awards and is One of the Top Ten most Popular Visitor Centres and the centre is a place for all the family young and old. Within the centre you will discover Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and all their friends in a magical indoor recreation of Beatrix Potter classic tales, with the sights, sounds and also the smells of the countryside. You will be able to see Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in the Kitchen, go past Jeremy Fisher's Pond and even walk through Squirrel Nutkin's Old Oak Tree? Also at the centre you will be able to learn more about Beatrix Potter's life in the Hidden Beatrix Potter's presentation and video wall. Take a break in the Tailor of Gloucester Tea Rooms and then a visit to shop where you can browse and purchase top quality Beatrix Potter merchandise.
Carus Green Golf Club - Kendal - 6.68 miles
Carus is renowned for many things but above all it is the friendliness of the club that keeps people coming back. As the club grows, the course improves, the facilities advance and the driving range is built, the key constant for us is that the welcome for members and visitors alike is as warm as ever. Come find out for yourself. Beautifully situated par 70 parkland course with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. At times testing with the rivers kent, mint and sprint meandering through the course, it offers challenges to every level of golfer.
Stott Park Bobbin Mill - Newby Bridge - 6.79 miles
A working mill built in 1835, Stott Park created the wooden bobbins vital to the spinning and weaving industries of Lancashire. Typical of mills across Cumbria, today you can see industry from a bygone age and watch as bobbins are made using the mill's original machinery. Although Stott Park worked continuously until 1971, it remains almost identical to its Victorian appearance of 100 years ago. With its Victorian machinery originally powered by a waterwheel and steam engine, Stott Park used birch, ash and sycamore to make wooden tool handles as well as bobbins. The mass of belts which fill the building still drive the cutting, boring and finishing machines than turn long thin poles into bobbins. You can watch a bobbin being made, and take it home as a souvenir.
Aquarium of the Lakes - Windermere - 7.09 miles
From mountain-top to Morecambe Bay the award-winning Aquarium of the Lakes takes you on an amazing voyage of discovery. More than 30 spectacular, naturally-themed habitats bring the natural history of the Lake District vividly to life. Enjoy close encounters with hundreds of amazing creatures including trout, eels, pike, perch, giant crabs, rays and many more. Come face to face with playful otters in their riverbank home, discover the mysterious life of a river after dark and take a closer look at Lakeland life in AquaQuest's educational activity centre. Then enjoy the ultimate underwater thrill as you stroll along a recreated section of Windermere's lake-bed surrounded by surrounded by gigantic carp and the amazing diving ducks.