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Thousands of wetsuit-clad swimmers will plunge into the chilly depths of Windermere on the weekend of June 9-11, 2017 to take part in the Great North Swim.
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This is the UK´s largest open water swimming event, and it will once again take place at Low Wood Marina, Windermere.
Having taken part in the Great North Swim in 2011, I can vouch that the water is cold, very cold, and it is much more of a challenge than it looks from the shore. I managed to complete the course in just under one hour, with the elite swimmers finishing in around 17 minutes.
The elite one mile races feature some of the best swimmers in the world.
The very thought of immersing myself into the icy depths of Windermere filled me with dread.
I live and work on Spain´s Costa del Sol and although swimming is a particular passion of mine, there is a massive difference between leisurely swimming up and down the pool under the Mediterranean sun for 30 lengths, and chucking yourself in Windermere, in what must be probably the coldest water in England.
On the day of the swim it the water was 17º, as the announcer at the event cheerily told us that the water on the day ´was colder than the English Channel.´ Gee thanks for that!
After the initial shock at the coldness of the water and the distance which is deceptive, I ploughed on through. Having reached the finish, and trying to make a dignified exit, my legs had turned to jelly. Boy was I glad to be home!
Over 10,000 people are expected to take to the water at this year’s event.
The swim is the perfect challenge for all abilities, from first-timers to Olympic champions. Participants can choose from half mile, one mile, two mile and five kilometre courses, safe in the knowledge expert safety kayakers are with them every stroke of the way. The course starts and finishes on dry land with a run or walk into the water.
A fun day out for participants and spectators alike, visitors to the Great North swim can enjoy exciting elite races featuring world class athletes and on-site entertainment, all set in the incredible scenery of the Lake District National Park.
Thousands of amateur swimmers take to the water in half hour waves over the one mile course.
Surrounded by some of the nation’s most spectacular natural scenery, the Great North Swim is an inspiring outdoor swim. With a grandstand seating area overlooking the course and large screens around the event site, family and friends can watch all the action.
Many swimmers decide to make a weekend of it in Windermere, and stay an extra few days to enjoy the stunning local scenery, and the fabulous choice of pubs, hotels and luxury Windermere spa suites.
Famous for its stunning scenery, breathtaking lakes and rolling fells, the Lake District offers a wide choice of attractions including stately homes and gardens.
From haunted castles to Tudor houses and medieval Pele towers, visitors will find a great choice of houses to visit in the Lake District, throughout the year.
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Our list of top 10 stately homes in the Lake District include:
Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass
Situated in Ravenglass, Muncaster Castle boasts stunning gardens and an Owl Centre. This 800 year old castle is said to be haunted, and is situated on the west tip of the Lake District. If you get the chance, go in May during the Festival of Fools.
Abbot Hall, Kendal
Abbot Hall is a beautiful Georgian manor house situated in the shadow of Kendal Castle, next to the River Kent in the village of Kendal. The Hall now houses a museum and art gallery said to be one of the best in Britain. Works by Romney, Ruskin, Turner and Constable are exhibited. Also, the award-winning Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry is situated at Abbot Hall.
Brantwood is the former home of famous former Coniston resident, John Ruskin. Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist.
The house includes the Ruskin Museum, plus a Gondola trip and afternoon tea in Jumping Jenny´s Cafe. Brantwood boasts some of the best views in the lakes, looking to Coniston Old Man and the lake itself.
Dalemain Historic House and Gardens, Penrith
Dalemain would come high up on anyone´s list of top 10 stately homes in the Lake District. The name ´Dalemain´ means ´manor in the valley´, and there has been a settlement here since Saxon times. Dalemain Historic House and Gardens date back to Tudor times, and has been owned by the Hasell-McCosh family since 1679. The house is close to Ullswater and has a tearoom, a gift shop and extensive gardens.
Holker Hall and Gardens, Cartmel
The award-winning Holker Hall and Gardens has been on our ´top 10 stately homes in the Lake District´ list for many years. Holker Hall is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish who welcome visitors of all ages to one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain. Magnificently situated only a short distance from Grange-over-Sands and the expanse of Morecambe Bay. Holker Hall is set in beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills.
Mirehouse is a family run historic house open to visitors. This house easily makes the list of the top 10 stately homes in the Lake District, and also enjoys strong literary connections. The grounds of the house stretch from Dodd Wood to Bassenthwaite Lake, and include four woodland playgrounds and a heather maze. The house is situated just 3 miles from Keswick, and other attractions include the Poetry Walk, rooms, the Rhodedendron Tunnel and Bee Garden. The Old Sawmill Tearoom offers delicious local food.
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With a vast range of open countryside, lakeside trails and woodland routes, there is no better place to enjoy a cycling holiday than the Lake District. Our top 7 places to go mountain biking in the lakes include:Ambleside and Loughrigg Fell
Loughrigg, Elterwater, Hodge Close, Iron Keld is 17 miles long, and includes bridleways, including a hair raising descent from Iron Keld, and an optional extension which continues along the mountain road from Iron Keld. Another route is the Loughrigg Circuit, which is 8 miles in length. Most of the climbing is on tarmac, while most of the descents are off-road with some tricky sections.Grizedale Forest
Coniston to Lawson Park route is 8 miles long, and includes a long, gradual climb into the forest, which is rewarded with magnificent views over Coniston Water, and a scenic descent past an abandoned farm at Lawson Park. The Rough Ride is 15 miles long, and consists of smooth-surfaced forest roads, followed by tricky bridleways.
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Popular mountain bike routes from Claife Heights include: Hawkshead, 13 miles, Bowness via the ferry, 10 miles and Ambleside, 16 miles. Narrow country lanes provide a great warm up for off-road tours of Claife Heights, and there are some excellent descents.Kentmere and Troutbeck
Kentmere and Troutbeck offer classic mountain bike adventure trails. The legendary Garbun Pass is one for the brave, and you can enjoy some delicious refreshments at Wilf´s Café, which is famous in these parts. Mountain bike routes include the foothills of the Eastern Fells. Some tracks are high and exposed so come prepared, with proper clothing. Staveley to Longsleddale is 16 miles, and is a superb route with an open moorland crossing to Longsleddale, and three great descents. Gaburn Pass from Windermere is 16 miles long and is a tough but rewarding route (albeit a bit of a slog in places). Ambleside to Troutbeck is 10.5 miles, and is a hilly bike route with some tough climbs. Staveley to Long Houses is 7 miles long, and most of the off-road riding is downhill.Borrowdale
The Grand Tour of Borrowdale is 18 miles long, and the views are matched by the quality of the mountain biking, which is challenging on the bridleway sections. If you fancy a shorter alternative, the southern part of the above route is a more manageable 14 miles long, and misses out the road sections around the lake. Another trail around Derwent Water is 13 miles in length, and offers fantastic views of local countryside.The Old Coach Road
The Old Coach Road at Glenderaterra covers 28 miles, and traverses the deep mountain valley. Keswick Railway Cycle Track offers riders a gentle warm up for the tough bridleway ahead. The route is fast and enjoyable with a moderate level of difficulty, and culminates in a thrilling 300m descent. A shorter version of the route is 17 miles, and starts at Threlkeld instead of Keswick.
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The route from Skiddaw House to Keswick is 18 miles in length, and includes some easy on road cycling before getting tougher on the land track to Skiddaw House. The return to Keswick follows more narrow tracks with plenty of off-road interest. Skiddaw Summit is 12 miles in length, and offers the longest bike descent in England. A surprisingly smooth, furiously fast freefall towards Keswick makes this ride worthwhile, but remember it also includes the longest uphill push!
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One of the world’s most famous children’s authors, Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 and died in 1943, having spent most of her life working and living in the Lake District.
Some of Potter´s most famous characters included Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Squirrel Nutkin who was said to have sailed on Derwentwater and Hawkshead. The Tale of Johnny Townmouse was also written during her time in the Lake District when Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top Farm. Not only did she write about animals, but she also became an expert sheep breeder and the first female president of the Herdwick Sheepbreeders´ Association.
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When Beatrix Potter died in 1943 she left over 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust and 14 farms, including her home, Hill Top, on the provision that it remained untouched and was opened to the public.Beatrix Potter and Hill Top
Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top in 1905 with the proceeds from her first published books, which she wrote at her family home in London. The author visited the Lake District as often as possible, sketching the animals and scenery for her books.
Once she had bought the house she wrote more books at Hill Top and she bought Castle Farm in 1909 which became her main home in the Lakes. Some of her most famous characters were created here, including Tom Kitten and Samuel Whiskers and illustrations in the books were based on her house and garden at the time.
The garden contained many colourful flowers including honeysuckle, foxgloves, peonies and lavender with roses around the front door. The garden was also packed with strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb.
The National Trust owned Tower Bank Arms is next to Hill Top, and was featured in the Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck. Visitors to the house can still enjoy a pint and a snack in the pub, which opens every day.As the author became more successful, she bought many more properties and land around Sawrey plus several small farms. In 1913 she married William Heelis in London and moved permanently to the Lake District. They lived at Castle Cottage which larger and more comfortable than Hill Top. Beatrix Potter and Brockhole
The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole was once the home of Beatrix´s cousin, Edith who was married to William Gaddum. The author used to write to her young cousins, Molly and Jim at Brockhole, regaling them with tales based on Jeremy Fisher, complete with illustrations. In many ways the author tried out her stories on her young cousins before approaching the publishers.The Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness
If you want to take tea with Peter Rabbit, be chased around the garden by Jemima Puddle duck or enjoy some fun interactive exhibitions, visit the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction at Bowness. Great fun for the kids, this venue also attracts Potter fans of all ages from as far afield as Japan and the USA. Visitors can explore the landscape where the tales were bought to life and buy a book or souvenir from the Beatrix Potter shop.
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The Lake District is world famous for its scenery and when you travel beyond the tourist spots and explore the less crowded coasts, historic sites and towns, you will be amazed how many scenic walks you will find.
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Here is a guide to some of our favorite walks:Arnside Knott
Start -National Trust car park, grid ref: SD450774
Distance- 2 miles
A distinctive part of the north-west countryside, Arnside is abundantly blessed with spectacular views and attracts walkers from every part of the world. If you organize your timings, you may witness the impressive tidal flow rushing in the vast bay. This pretty walk is surrounded by an area of outstanding beauty which is known as the hub of butterflies. If you go to the top, you will find limestone grassland and mixed woodland that cover Arnside Knott.
Distance- 8 miles
Start -Wordsworth House, grid ref: NY118307
Cockermouth is the home of Jennings Brewery and considered an ideal place to start and finish a walk. This stunning location is home to a choice of independent shops, beautiful restaurants and pubs. Do not miss visiting Wordsworth House and Garden. Check out all Saints Church where William was baptized and his father is buried.
Start-The Beacon, Whitehaven, grid ref: NX969181
This so-called colourful coast at Whitehaven is entirely dominated by the National Trust where the riders embark on their journey for the Coast to Coast cycle ride. You will notice riders following the tradition of dipping their wheels into the sea before they start. Plan a perfect trip to see the remains of Saltom Pit and the first under sea coal mine in England.
Distance- 3.2 miles
Start -Acorn Bank car park, grid ref: NY617282
This part of north Cumbria is famous for its industrial history. Once it was home to many gypsum mines but now only a few are accessible. Acorn Bank is popular for its apples and the annual apple day attracts thousands of people. Check out the impressive Crowdundle Viaduct which carries the famous Settle to Carlisle railway line.
Distance 2.5 miles
Start Sizergh Castle car park, grid ref: SD498878
Located outside of Kendal, Sizergh Castle is home to a 1600-acre estate amid an agricultural landscape. This estate offers several local walks that will take you to some impressive viewpoints where you can see the stunning Cumbrian Fells. See a vast array of wildlife in this nationally significant site.
Distance 4 miles
Start Wetheral Village Green, grid ref: NY466545
The woods on the banks of the River Eden provide shelter on a summer day. Enjoy the views of Corby Castle. Visit the giant railway viaduct. A visit to this amazing town will not be complete unless you stop for an ice-cream on the Village Green.
One of the most visited National Parks in the UK, the Lake District attracts over 16 million visitors each year.
Here we unearth some of the most amazing facts and figures about the Lake District:Early tourism in the Lake District
Tourism first began in the Lake District as far back as the late 1600´s when visitors travelled to the Lakes to escape the city smog and to breathe fresh, country air, said to be beneficial to their health.
Towards the end of the 18th Century, Father Thomas West wrote ´A Guide to the Lakes´ which really put the Lake District on the map as a true tourist destination. Viewpoint stations were set up in the 1790´s so visitors could see the best views of the fells and the Lakes. The remains of Claife Station can still be seen today.
One of the Lake District´s most celebrated former residents was poet and author, William Wordsworth, who published his ´Guide to the Lakes´ in 1810, which attracted more visitors to the region. By 1835, the book had reached its fifth edition.
The Kendal and Windermere Railway was the first railway to be built in the Lake District, reaching Kendal in 1846 and Windermere in 1847. The line was then extended to reach Coniston and Penrith, through Keswick and Cockermouth. The line to Lakeside in Windermere was opened in 1869 to cater for a huge influx in visitors. Steamer boats on Ullswater, Windermere, Derwentwater and Coniston Water also helped increase tourism even further.
The Lake District National Park covers nearly 900 square miles. It´s highest mountains are Scafell Pike at 3,210 feet, Scafell at 3,162 feet, Helvellyn at 3,114 feet, Skiddaw at 3,053 feet, Great End at 2,986 feet and Bowfell at 2,940 feet.
The deepest lake is Wastwater at 243 feet, the longest lake is Windermere at 10.5 miles long. The only official lake is Bassenthwaite Lake, as all the others are ´meres´ or ´waters´. The Lake District National Park includes 26 miles of coastline and estuaries. Windermere rose by an incredible 157cm during the heavy rains of 2009.
The largest lakes in order of size (hectares) are: Windermere (1,459), Ullswater (884), Derwentwater (531), Bassenthwaite (518), Coniston (475), Haweswater (387), Thirlmere (327), Ennerdale (301), Wastwater (283), Crummock Water (258), Buttermere (93), Grasmere (61), Loweswater (61) and Rydal (31).
Not known for its year round sunshine, the Lake District sees its fair share of rain (without which, the lush green scenery would not survive). Average summer temperatures in Windermere are around 16ºC and around 5ºC in winter.
The Lake District is home to 15,000 archaeological sites and monuments, 1,760 listed buildings and 23 conservation areas in historic towns and villages around Cumbria.
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Cumbria, including the Lake District was formed from the older counties of Westmorland and Cumberland, North Lancashire and North Yorkshire.
The Lake District National Park, situated within Cumbria attracts over 16 million visitors each year, and is the largest national park in Britain.
Established in 1951, the Lake District National Park covers 885 square miles and is home to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 3,209 ft, and Windermere, the largest lake at 10.5 miles. The northern ranges of the Lake District consist of 500 million year old slate, and the central ranges are made up of volcanic rock, over 430 million years old.
The Lake District countryside is divided up by U-shaped valleys, known as Dales.
Before the railways reached Cumbria, three canals were built, including the Kendal Canal, the Ulverston Canal and the Carlisle Canal. The Preston to Tewitfield section of the Kendal to Lancaster Canal was opened on 22 November, 1797, and finally linked to Kendal in 1819. The canal bought great prosperity to Kendal, and allowed coal to be imported for various industries in and around the town.
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The Ulverston Canal opened in 1796 and connected Ulverston to the sea, and lasted until 1945 when business ceased. As the railways began to improve the speed and efficiency of the movement of goods and raw materials, the canals eventually began to decline. The last barge load of coal was bought to Kendal in 1944, and the barges were then largely used for passengers.
The National Park Authority maintain and protect the Lake District National Park, and promote the enjoyment of the region. The Lake District runs from Lindale in the south to Caldbeck in the north, and from Shap in the east to Ravenglass in the west.
Farming and agriculture were the main industries in the region. Sheep farming in particular has been a mainstay for many years – the Herdwick breed being associated closely with the region.
The Lake District remains one of the main sources in the UK of granite and slate, used widely in the building industry, and years of quarrying have left its mark on the landscape. Some lakes provide a source of drinking water, and Thirlmere provides water to almost 1 million homes in the Manchester region.
The history of English literature is closely linked with the Lake District. Thomas Grey documented his first tour of the area in 1769, but it was William Wordsworth who really put the region on the map when he lived and worked in Grasmere from 1799-1813 and Rydal Mount from 1813-1850. Wordsworth was inspired to write some of his most famous poems while resident in the Lake District, including ´Daffodils,´ also known as ´I wandered lonely as a cloud.´
Many visitors to the region today challenge themselves to climb the mountains and fells and enjoy the pleasures of hiking, sailing and a host of outdoor activities to choose from. Whatever time of year you visit the Lake District you are assured of a warm welcome and a host of fabulous luxury Windermere boutique spa suites, in and around the town.
If you are planning a trip to the Lake District, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the wide range of delicious local cuisine and drinks to choose from.
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Traditional foods of Cumbria came from the land itself, including lamb raised especially for meat dishes, pigs for ham, sausage and bacon and cattle for milk, cream and cheese. The mountains and fells provided perfect habitat for wild game and the seas and lakes around the region were alive with herring, char, trout and salmon.
To accompany the delicious local food, the Lake District is also famous for its wide range of locally-brewed beers, with the local art of brewing dating back hundreds of years. Some of the most well-known local ales include Farmers Ale, Old man Ale, Grasmoor Dark Ale and Bluebird Bitter.
If you want to sample the food before you buy, visit one of the local Farmer´s Markets which are held regularly through the region, some of the most famous being at Penrith, Carlisle and Orton.
Interestingly the Cumbrian pig is extinct but Cumberland Ham and Sausage still have connections to the Lake District. Waberthwaite Cumberland Sausage for example has a royal seal of approval and is even served for dinner at Buckingham Palace. Seafood is another popular dish as fresh fish and seafood including salmon and brown shrimp can be sourced locally.
Cumberland sausage comes coiled like a rope and is sometimes sold by length. They can run up to four feet long and are often baked whole. They have a high pork content, chopped not minced with spices and herbs added in natural casings.
A wonderful local stew is known as Cumberland Tattie Pot, made with lamb, vegetables, cider swede, black pudding and apple, and slow cooked. The delicious stew is traditionally served with pickled red cabbage.
A delicious and traditional sauce served with ham or lamb, Cumberland sauce, is made from cooked orange and lemon juice with redcurrant jelly, mustard, port and ginger.
If you want something to spice up your sausage, Cumberland Honey Mustard has been an Alston product since 1983 and the company also makes mustards including original, garlic, horseradish and whisky, plus an organic variety.
A major ingredient in Cumbrian recipes is lamb and mutton, using mainly meat from the famous Herdwicks, due to its unique taste. Herdwick sheep are reared on hill farms and moorlands all around the Lake District, and are used for tasty Hedwick pate, smoked meat and Herdwick burgers.
Some of England´s best apples are grown in Cumbria, including the Autumn Harvest, the Carlisle Codlin and Greenup Pippin. Damsons which grow in Lyth Valley have a distinctive nutty flavour and are used for making and flavouring tarts, cakes, jam, chutney and pies. An old popular dish is Apple and Damson Tansy, which is a mixture of both fruits baked in an egg custard.
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If you are lucky enough to be visiting the Lakes when the sun is shining, there is no better place to enjoy a picnic, surrounded by beautiful scenery and stunning lakes.
Ten of the best picnic spots in the Lake District include:Aira Force, Ullswater
Aira Force is surrounded by stunning scenery and this is probably the most beautiful waterfall in the Lake District. There are plenty of places around the falls where visitors can enjoy a picnic, and this is a great place to spend a day if you want to walk in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, who wrote the famous poem, ´Daffodils´ after walking along this route.Tarn Hows, near Coniston and Hawkshead
Tarn Hows lies between the quaint villages of Coniston and Hawkshead. This beauty spot is surrounded by thick, enchanting woodland and is overlooked by the dramatic Langdale Pikes and the imposing Helvellyn. Famous children’s author, Beatrix Potter bought Tarn Hows in 1929, before selling it onto the National Trust. Visit outside the main summer season to enjoy a haven of tranquility and peace.Loughrigg Tarn, north of Windermere
Loughrigg Tarn is a natural lake just north of Windermere and just north of the village of Skelwith Bridge at the foot of Loughrigg Fell. Loughrigg Tarn is a fantastic spot for walking and picknicking, and is undoubtedly one of the Lake District’s hidden treasures. It offers tremendous views of miles of rolling fells, across to the rugged beauty of the Langdale Pikes. The calm tarn boasts clear blue water, which during the summer months is adorned with colourful water lilies.
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Catbells and Ashness Bridge offer stunning views down to Derwentwater, and Catbells is a popular walk for families. The route is not too difficult and the stunning views from the top make it all worthwhile. Autumn is a great time to visit when the trees surrounding Derwentwater turn to gold. If you are not feeling too energetic, pack your picnic and head up to Ashness Bridge in the car.Gummer´s How, near Windermere
If you want to enjoy stunning sun sets over Windermere, there is no better place to visit for a picnic than Gummer´s How. Visit in the day time and you can enjoy stunning views which sweep north across Windermere.Birdoswald Roman Fort
Birdoswald is situated towards the western end of Hadrian´s Wall, and is considered to be one of the most picturesque settings along the entire 73 miles of Hadrian´s Wall. The Roman fort stands high above the River Irthing and can be seen from miles around.High Dam Tarn, Finsthwaite
High Dam Tarn is a typically stunning Lake District beauty spot. This place was once described by Alfred Wainwright, walker and writer of Lake District guides as ´a much nicer place than the over-populated Tarn Hows´, although both spots are quite beautiful.Ruskin´s View, Kirkby Lonsdale
This incredible view is arguably one of England´s finest, and this stunning spot, looking over the River Lune was commemorated by William Lakin Turner who painted a picture of the famous view. Another famous local resident, John Ruskin, described this spot as ´one of the loveliest scenes in England.´Talkin Tarn Country Park near Carlisle
Talkin Tarn Country Park is located just a few miles from Carlisle and is made up of 120 acres of parkland and countryside. The Talkin Tarn is at the centre of the park, providing a beautiful walk around the water´s edge.Orrest Head, Windermere
Orrest Head is only a 30 minute walk up from the town of Windermere, and offers stunning views over the lake from the top. This is a great outing for all the family, and there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic on your way up.
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If you are planning a trip to the Lakes and enjoy the great outdoors, horse-riding is one of the most popular sports.
Horse riding in the Lake District offers visitors the chance to explore the beautiful countryside and discover some of the most unspoilt scenery in Europe.
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Depending on your level of experience, horse riding schools offer a wide range of treks and trails around the Lake District to suit all ages and abilities, and you can enjoy a gentle walk around the nearest village or a gallop along the beach at Whitehaven.
First class instruction is given at affordable prices throughout the Lake District, and if you want to see England at its best, there´s no better way to do than on horseback. Horse riders can enjoy the freedom and open spaces of the Lake District, along with stunning panoramic views of the lakes and surrounding fells.
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Whether you want to try horse riding for the first time or improve your skills while you are in the Lake District, here are some useful things to think about before you leave home:
Book with a reputable horse riding centre in the Lake District
Make sure you book your lessons or horse riding holiday at a reputable centre or stables. Check out the reviews before you book and make sure you ask as many questions as you deem necessary, particularly where safety is concerned. You will find plenty of professional horse riding centres in Windermere which offer incredible rides in the surrounding countryside.Fully qualified and professional staff
Lake District riding schools are renowned for their professional and qualified staff, but feel free to ask more details before you book. There is nothing worse than going for a riding lesson or trek with an instructor or guide who is not properly qualified. Not only is this dangerous but it could prove expensive.Choose a riding holiday in the Lake District to suit your ability
Choose a riding holiday in the Lake District which will work well with your riding skills, and don´t bite off more than you can chew. Remember your riding holiday should be enjoyable, and not a scary experience. Only book lessons and rides that you are confident of taking part in, and don´t book a two week intense riding experience if you are going to be left saddle sore and miserable.The best time of year to go horse riding in the Lake District
The best thing about equestrian holidays is you can go any time of the year, although the winter months are only recommended for hardier visitors to the Lake District. If you can go riding in the Lakes out of season, you will enjoy a much quieter time, before the hordes of tourists descend for their summer holidays. Spring is a beautiful time in the Lake District, and you can enjoy the beautiful woods and fells around Windermere.
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The Lake District National Park nestles in the north-west of England in the county of Cumbria. This stunning destination boasts stunning valleys, mountains, picturesque towns, villages, coastlines and most importantly, Lakes!
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More than 16 million people visit the park every year and the area has been marked as the premier destination for climbing and hiking due to its uncountable scenic regions.
Famous cities, towns and villages in the Lake District include: Windermere, Keswick, Ambleside, Coniston, Grasmere, Hawkshead, Kendal, Glenridding, Penrith, Bowness-on-Windermere, Eskdale Green, Ullswater, the Langdale Valley, Wastwater, Derwentwater and the North Lakes.Travel and Transport facilities
With so many wonderful attractions to see and things to do, choosing how you travel is as important as choosing where you want to go.
Getting here-Public transport:
Once you arrive in the Lake District, getting around is easy. Walking is an excellent way to appreciate the grand architecture and scenic beauty of this region but if you want to explore further, good bus routes are available.
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Due to hefty parking fees and restrictions in some of the larger towns, budget travellers book day tours instead of driving themselves to see the best of the lakes in a day. You also have access to rarely visited villages and towns via the lovely coastal railway travelling between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. There are many tour operators in the region but the most popular one is Mountain Goat. They also offer a pick-up from your accommodation depending on where you stay.
People also use bicycles but you have to be cautious of the narrow lanes and steep roads. Keep in mind the weather conditions of this mountainous region. Wear high-visibility clothing and fit lights to be safe. Ensure you drive carefully while approaching the blind corners as local drivers have more knowledge of the area than you. Bikes are easily available in larger towns of the region. Tourist information and maps are also available to help you reach your destination.
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The Lake District attracts over 16 million visitors each year and is the most popular National Park in England, Visitors flock to the region from all over the world to enjoy its scenery, its lakes and a wide choice of accommodation including luxurious Windermere spa suites.
Wherever you go in the Lake District you will find plenty of things to see and do, and the region boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe.The Lake District is home to 16 major lakes, including Windermere, the largest lake in England, at 10.5 miles in length. Numerous mountain tarns tower over the stunning lake areas, and some of England´s highest mountains are located here.
The M6 motorway provides excellent transport links to the Lake District from most major cities in the north of England, and the region is easily accessible for day trips from as far away as the Midlands and Staffordshire.Visitors to the Lake District will find plenty of hotels, spa hotels, boutique hotels, guest houses and luxury bed and breakfast accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. If you are looking for a romantic break, Windermere and Bowness offer some of the best spa suites in the Lake District.
If you are looking for information about the Lake District, you can pick it up from most hotel receptions or from one of the many tourist information offices that are dotted around the area. Bowness Bay, particularly offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do on Windermere, including boat trips, walks around the lake and sightseeing tours.
If you are looking for things to do with the kids in the Lake District, visit the Beatrix Potter Attraction or the Lakes Aquarium close to Bowness, or for the more energetic, a trip to Go Ape in Grizedale Forest, near Hawkshead, is a must. This award-winning attraction is an adventure park with a difference, and visitors are encouraged to test their metal by navigating their way around a high wire forest adventure course, including giant obstacles in the trees. Visitors can use ladders, walkways and bridges to get around, above the forest canopy, and the attraction also includes the longest zip line at 426m.
If you want to explore some of the historical sights around the Lake District, take a trip to Dove Cottage, once the home of famous poet, William Wordsworth, or go to Hill Top at Sawrey, former home of Beatrix Potter, which has been left the same since 1943 when the famous children´s author died.
You can pick up a map of the Lake District from any tourist information office, or from your hotel reception, and plan your route before you travel. You can also get directions to the best Lake District attractions, and find out information about any upcoming events in the lakes, including festivals, fairs and farmer´s markets.
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If you enjoy fishing in the Lake District, there are plenty of good lakes and rivers inside the National Park to find char, eels, perch, pike, sea trout and salmon. A rod license is required, and you can get more information directly from the lessee of the lake or from a tourist information office.
The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, and what starts out as a fine, dry day can soon turn to driving rain and howling winds in the afternoon, even in summer.
If you are looking for somewhere special to visit during winter in the Lake District, why not book into a luxurious Windermere spa suite?
Contrary to rumour, Windermere is not only a top holiday destination or day tripper´s dream in summer, but winter is also one of the most stunning times of year to visit.
Lovers of the great outdoors can hike, bike and walk the local fells, while most Windermere attractions, including Windermere Lake Cruises operate all year round apart from Christmas Day.
If you are looking to get out and about without the effort of driving or walking, book a trip on a Mountain Goat Tour from Windermere and experience the very best of the Lake District. Enjoy a choice of spectacular tours lasting half a day or a full day, and enjoy some of the most scenic regions of the Lake District.
The Old Laundry Theatre shares a building with the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness, and a wide choice of productions are staged throughout winter.
Take a stroll down to Bowness Bay and you will find a wide choice of boat hire options. Rent a self-drive electric boat by the hour, the full day or the half day and explore Windermere at your own pace.
If you prefer to keep your feet on firm ground, hire a bike and ride down Windermere´s West Shore Cycle Route. The route stretches for 7.7 miles all the way up to Ambleside. You can stop at Wray Castle tearooms and return on the ferry.
If you are planning some Christmas shopping during your break in Windermere, the town is packed with quirky independent craft shops and specialist shops that you won´t find in your average shopping centre. Take your time to browse the smaller shops in the side streets, and you will find a vast range of unique gifts.
Spectacular views and snow-capped fells are a winter bonus in Windermere, and if you are lucky enough for the sun to shine, you can enjoy a vast choice of outdoor activities without the summer crowds.
Visit Fell Foot Park at the southern tip of Windermere which offers fabulous mountain views or Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre to enjoy stunning landscapes and a wide choice of things to see and do for all ages.
Imagine a day out on the fells, or exploring the stunning Lake District countryside followed by a soak in your very own hot tub or a relaxing pampering session in the spa.
Windermere´s most beautiful spa suites offer luxurious rooms with whirlpool baths for two people, hot tubs, mood lighting, stunning decór and much more.
If you want to make the most of your winter trip to Windermere book into a luxurious Windermere spa suite and make the most of stunning facilities, saunas, spa baths and some of the most beautiful facilities in the Lake District.
If you are looking for somewhere special to stay in Windermere this winter, why not book into a sumptuous spa suite with stunning facilities?
If you are looking for luxurious accommodation for a special night or two away in the Lakes, the Windermere Boutique Spa Suites provide cinema rooms, sumptuous king sized beds, hot tubs, saunas and much, much more.
Perfect for a luxurious winter stay when it is cold outside, guests can also use the spa facilities if they can drag themselves out of their suite in the Aphrodite’s Hotel next door.
Private facilities and stunning décor make the Windermere Boutique Spa Suites among the most beautiful places to stay in Bowness, and visitors can choose from a wide range of attractions nearby.
Staying with a romantic theme, the Lake District is blessed with some of the finest landscapes in Britain and there is no better place to walk than Windermere.
Levels of difficulty and time differ with each walk, and it is up to you whether you spend a day hiking on the fells or an hour enjoying a gentle stroll around the shoreline. There are also some great pubs, bars and restaurants around Windermere, so if you want to make a day of it, pack a picnic or make the most of the pub fare, which usually includes some delicious Cumbrian specialities.
If you want to treat someone special to a delicious meal in the Lake District, why not book a table at one of the Michelin star restaurants in the region. Known for its fabulous restaurants, pubs and country inns, the Lake District is famous for its delicious Cumbrian cuisine.
If you enjoy history and culture, combined with some of the most spectacular gardens in the Lake District, take a trip to Levens Hall. The Grade 1 listed garden dates back to 1694, and still retains its original design. The main hall is also open to visitors, and offers a fascinating insight into the early days of the hall, which was owned by the Bellingham family in the 1590s.
The Lake District and romance go hand in hand. From the days of William Wordsworth who ‘wandered lonely as a cloud’ in the Lakes in the late 18th century, this heavenly part of England has certainly not lost its charm.
Visit Wordsworth’s former homes, Dove Cottage in nearby Ambleside or Rydal Mount.
Dove Cottage is open to the public and is now a museum, which celebrates the lives of the Lakeland poets. Visitors can see manuscripts by Matthew Arnold and Thomas de Quincey who later lived in the cottage. Quincey was famous for his ´Confessions of an English Opium Eater´ which is ironic, as he later succumbed to this addiction.
Wherever you turn in the Lake District you will find some amazing attractions, historical houses, parks, restaurants and museums.
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Windermere is not only famous for being home to England’s longest lake at 10.5 miles but also boasts many facts which even the locals are not aware of:Name Fame
The word ‘Windermere’ is derived from two words, ‘mere’ implies a body of water and the old Norse name ‘Vinandr’. Nobody knows about this character Vinandr but it is believed that it is somebody who truly appreciated the beauty of the lake and decided it belonged to him.Grazing Grey sheep
You will easily notice the grey sheep around the fells that are best-known for their robust health and their ability to live solely on forage. Their wool quality is unique due to its durability. They have the amazing endurance to survive under a blanket of snow for more than 3 days while eating their own wool.Hound trailing
This is the famous sport which has become a local tradition now. From April to October, hound trail racing take place all around Cumbria. Trained hounds follow a strong paraffin scent around a circular route. The race lasts up to 40 minutes.Windermere Boutique Spa Suites
Visit Windermere Boutique Spa Suites for spectacular surroundings and endless attractions. This is a perfect way to have a romantic break in the Lakes with someone special. Choose a Windermere Boutique Spa Suite with hot tub, sauna and a choice of romantic facilities.Most sought-after destination
Around 16 million visitors head to the Lake District every year but this beautiful region does not leave any stone unturned to provide an experience as individual as you are with a wide choice of attractions.The Birth of a Trust
Visit Wray Castle across the lake. This was built in 1840 to commemorate the contributions of a retired Liverpool surgeon before one of the successors conceived the idea to transform it into a National Trust.Skating on Windermere
Walking on water became a reality when Windermere was completely iced over for a period of six weeks and visitors literally walk across the lake in 1895.Countryside
The Lake District National park will offer you countless sights like never before. Explore the region’s fells and countryside to witness the postcard panorama of hilltops, sparkling lakes and mountain tarns.Making the most of Lakeland
Nurture Lakeland- A large group of inspiring people who work tirelessly to contribute to the natural environment of Windermere. They make every possible effort to protect the beauty of the region so that people can enjoy the lakes for centuries to come.Refreshing local brew
Beer has been brewed for centuries and local ales are a must-try when you visit this lovely destination. Beer was once used as an ancestral offering in China and to honour the dead in Egypt. But now it has been relished by all. Use of natural ingredients let you taste the local flavours at their absolute best.
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With over 16 million visitors per year, the Lake District may be the UK’s most popular National Park, but it is still possible to ‘get away from it all’ in Cumbria.
If you like a quieter time, visit outside of the school holidays in spring or autumn.
Recommended places to visit sin the Lake District ‘off-season’ include:High Force Waterfall, Glenridding
A lovely waterfall just a short distance uphill of Aira Force, High Force comes highly recommended. Less crowded than Aira Force, but well worth a combined visit. Access to walks to Yew Crag for views over Ullswater.The Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness
One thing you can never guarantee in the Lake District is the weather. The Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon if the weather takes a turn for the worse. The museum illustrates the interesting history of Barrow and its famous shipbuilding past. Stop off at the café for refreshments, snacks and meals.Rannerdale Bluebells
If you are lucky enough to be in the Lakes during April, take a trip to the Rannerdale Knotts where the hillside is blanketed with bluebells. A stunning sight that attracts visitors from far and wide.Morecambe Bay
Famous for its cockles, the beautiful Morecambe Bay can be explored during summer with a range of guided walks. Known for its strong tides and quick sand, visitors should never attempt to explore the Bay alone. The walk is just under 10 miles in soft sand so you need to be reasonably fit to attempt it.Windermere Cloud Inversion
If you are visiting Windermere in winter you could be lucky enough to see a cloud inversion. Inversions occur when there is a boundary layer with a normal temperature profile (warm air rising into cooler air). . If you're staying near Windermere then the easiest spot to aim for is Gummer's How - there's a free car park and an easy (20 min) walk up to the summit.Kentmere Reservoir
A short drive from Kendal, Kentmere Reservoir is a perfect location if you enjoy walking but want to avoid the steep fells. Enjoy a stroll around Kentmere Village before exploring the reservoir. Stunning views along the way.The Kent Estuary
The Kentmere Reservoir ends at the Kent Estuary in the northern corner of Morecambe Bay. From the hills above Silverdale you can enjoy breath-taking views. Sunset is spectacular over the estuary with the Lake District in the background.
Whatever the weather you will find a vast range of attractions in the Lake District including museums, stately homes, restaurants, country pubs and cafes. For a glimpse of the real ‘Lake District’ visit some of the ‘hidden gems’ which make this part of England so special.
If you are planning to book a spa suite in Windermere, if you can drag yourself out of your room, you will find a wealth of places to enjoy and explore in the Lake District.
There are many reasons why to book a spa suite in Windermere, including total relaxation, stress relief and a feeling of general wellbeing.
Hot tubs use several jets to shoot out water and create a relaxing hydrotherapy massage to users. Water will shoot directly at users or around their bodies which massages the skin and improves circulation, giving a feeling of well-being.
10 reasons to book a spa suite in Windermere include:1.Aches and pains
The buoyancy that is provided by water reduces body weight by 90% which takes pressure off the joints and helps relieve aches and pains, particularly in the neck and back.2.Sore feet
Hot tubs provide great relief from sore feet, and if you dip your feet in the bath for 15 minutes each day, our feet will come out feeling brand new.3.Sports injuries
Blood flow increases in warm water, and this can help heal sports injuries by increasing the number of nutrients bought to the affected area.4.Arthritis
Arthritis pain can be relieved by taking a soak in a properly designed spa. The warmth and buoyancy of the water helps with the pain.5.Sleeping problems
Spending 15-20 minutes in a hot tub before bed helps relax the muscles, and aids a good night´s sleep.6.Stress and anxiety
Spa and hot tub treatments can balance physical, emotional and spiritual energy, relieving stress and anxiety and rejuvenating the body and mind.7.Poor circulation
The warmth generated in hot tubs can open up the blood vessels, decreasing blood pressure. This in turn eases blood flow and improves circulation, plus stimulates nerves to boost the immune system.8. Body and muscle aches
Soaking in warm water can alleviate body aches. Doing light stretches while you are in the tub may also help. Soaking at a temperature between 102 and 106ºF can also help loosen tense muscles.9.Migraine headaches
Jets in a hot tub dilate blood vessels and prevent headaches and migraines.10.Diabetes
Regular hot tub usage of up to 30 minutes a day for around 3-4 weeks can help people with type 2 diabetes lower blood sugar and lose weight.
For the ultimate holiday experience, book a spa suite with a hot tub or full spa facilities, and return home feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated.
In addition to health benefits, there is no better feeling than soaking in a spa or hot tub after an energetic walk around the Lake District – Heaven! Photo Credit jacuzzi love image by .shock from Fotolia.com
Hot tubs, also referred to as spas, provide relaxation and soothe muscles. The term "spa" is associated with treatment by water. The earliest descriptions of western bathing practices come from Greece, where citizens bathed using regimens that form the foundation for modern spa procedures. In Greek mythology, it was believed that the natural springs and tidal pools were blessed by gods and able to cure a variety of diseases. While spas do not cure diseases, they do provide some benefits.
If you are planning a winter break in the Lake District, a Windermere spa suite could be the answer to your dreams.
Choose a luxury spa suite with state-of-the-art facilities, including hot tub, sauna room, cinema room and sumptuous bedroom to make the most of your luxury stay in the Lakes.
Winter spa suites in the Lake District are popular because they offer pampering facilities and romantic bedrooms with every extra. Imagine a hard day walking on the fells followed by a stay in a luxury spa suite in Windermere with hot tub and sauna?
Winter is a great time to come to the lakes because the crowds have gone, many of the attractions are still open and you will find plenty of cosy pubs, restaurants and cafes to stop off at.Rheged at Penrith
Rheged is an award winning family day out which is named after Cumbria´s Celtic Kingdom. Attractions include a cinema screen which is the size of 6 double decker buses. Rheged does get very busy so if you want to make the most of it, arrive early.The Puzzling Place, Keswick
The Puzzling Place is a gallery-style exhibition that is different to anything experienced previously in the area and offers a relaxed and informal atmosphere and a host of interactive exhibitions. A great day out for all the family.Penrith Swimming Pool
If you enjoy splashing around in the water, but it´s too cold for a swim in Windermere, take a trip to the Penrith Swimming Pool where there is also a climbing wall.Windermere Steamboats and Museum
The Windermere Steamboats and Museum offers a unique collection of Steam and Motor Boats, steam launch trips, shops and refreshments. Check out the ´Swallows and Amazons´ Exhibition and the Model Boats pond which has frequent demonstrations.The Armitt Museum at Ambleside
The Armitt Museum combines a library and a museum and offers fun, art and entertainment for all ages. The Museum offers all that is best about the Lake District and explains the lives of its people and history for future generations to enjoy. The Armitt offers a superb collection of books and manuscripts, drawings and paintings and archaeological objects which relate to a gallery of famous Lake District characters.Whitescar Caves at Ingleton
The Whitescar Caves at Ingleton may be at Ingleborough Hill in the Yorkshire Dales National Park but are well worth visiting if you are in the Lake District. This hidden world has been sculptured by nature over thousands of years and includes a subterranean landscape lit with streams and waterfalls. This is the longest show cave in Britain.The Pencil Museum at Keswick
Discover the history of pencils and pencil making at this intriguing museum which covers the History of Graphite Mining in Borrowdale, including a replica of Seathwaite Graphite Mine, Machinery Displays, Video shows of Pencil Making and Artists´ workshops.The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick
The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick boasts views over Derwentwater, Borrowdale and the Western Fells and hosts a vast choice of productions throughout the year.
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If you are planning a spa break in the Lake District and you would like to explore this stunning part of England, why not book into a Windermere spa suite?
Wherever you decide to stay in the Lake District, you will find plenty of things to do in the towns and villages that make up this stunning part of England. The most famous resort in the Lake District, and the most visited, is Windermere, which is the longest lake in England at 10.5 miles. Sixteen other major lakes in the region attract visitors throughout the year, and the Lake District is easily accessible by car, train or plane, and many visitors come from abroad.
Easily reached by the M6 motorway, the Lake District is the perfect destination for a day trip from the Midlands, the north of England or southern Scotland, and you will find plenty of things to see and do in the area, however long you intend to stay.
Lake District accommodation and Lake District hotels are among the finest in England, and whether you are staying in some of the larger resorts, including Windermere, Keswick or Kendal, or you want to explore the villages of Buttermere, Grasmere or Bowness-on-Windermere, you will find a wide choice of luxury spa suites to book.
You can pick up a map of the Lake District at any tourist information centre in the region, and also find information about any forthcoming events, which are held annually in the Lake District. Famous for its farmer´s markets, carnivals and festivals, the Lake District offers such diverse events as the Keswick Music Festival, the Windermere Air Show, Cartmel Races, the Appleby Horse Fair, Cockermouth Festival and Silloth Vintage Vehicle Rally.
If you intend to stay near Windermere, you will find a host of attractions and events taking place near the lake, during spring, summer and autumn, and Bowness Bay offers boat trips, rowing boat and kayak hire, guided walks and climbs, water sports, including sailing plus sightseeing excursions and tours around the Lake District.
Beatrix Potter left her house to the National Trust in 1943 when she died, on the condition that it remained unchanged. For this reason, over 65 years after the author´s death, Hill Top is still virtually the same as she left it. The house attracts thousands of visitors every year, and interestingly 20% of visitors come from Japan, where Beatrix Potter books are even more popular than they are in England.
Among other poems, William Wordsworth was inspired to write ´Daffodils´ when he was living in the Lake District, or as it is more commonly known ´I wandered lonely as a cloud ….´. Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth in 1770 and attended Hawkshead Grammar School.
If you plan to explore the Lake District, pick up a map from any tourist information office in the area, and plan your itinerary. Wherever you plan to travel in the Lake District you will find most places easily accessible by car or by public transport. Boat trips on Windermere offer the option of a one, two or three day ticket, which will enable you to hop on and off at your chosen destinations.
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Whether you are adventure seekers, nature lovers or spa junkies, there is plenty to see and do in the Lake District for couples. Owing to spectacular scenery, luxury spa suites, a multitude of fun attractions and a vibrant night scene, the Lake District is perfect in every way for couples. Depending on your interest, choose your ideal places to head to with someone special.The shores of Ennerdale Water
Ennerdale is the most westerly of the Lakes but this lesser explored and scenic destination is certainly worth a short visit. The lake is around two and a half miles long and much of the land is owned by the Forestry commission. The water of the lake is exceptionally clear, making it a natural gem. It is also famous spot for proposals as Bill Clinton apparently proposed to Hillary Clinton here.Windermere
A home to the Lake District’s finest walks, Windermere has to top the list for a romantic gateway. Offering some of the world’s best scenery, Windermere can be best explored on a romantic cruise. If you really want to soak up the stunning views just sit back and relax on-board one of the vintage boats or instead opt for the hop on and hop-off boat. You can also hire a self-drive open boat to make it a more intimate affair. This Lake tour can get you some brilliant sunrise photos if the weather is right.
Book into a Windermere Spa Suite and make your trip extra special.Scenic train journey from Settle to Carlisle
If the idea of stepping away from the city for a quite gateway excites you, then you must include this awesome rail journey in your itinerary while you are in the Lake District. Plan a morning trip that takes you through the Yorkshire Dales crossing the rolling hills of the Eden Valley before reaching the final destination. The picturesque views and fantastic train journey makes this one of the most romantic things to do in the Lake District.Keswick
If you wish to blow away the cobwebs and have a happy time with your family or special one, this landscape is the perfect place. Nestled between the Skidaw Mountains and Derwentwater Lake, Keswick is one of the most popular holiday destinations. This place offers adventures to all such as highly successful Theatre by the Lake, public parks, museums, cinema, galleries, spectacular fells, the lakes, variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes and lot of fantastic activities.Cartmel
Cartmel offers great dining and plenty more. New trends and fads have come and gone but this food paradise retains its popularity of offering the ultimate fine dining experience. The most renowned local chef Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume restaurant has become a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. One more superb restaurant that serves up Michelin-star food is Rogan’s Pig and Whistle. Cartmel is also famous for its sticky toffee. So it is highly recommended to buy Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding as a tasty gift.
Whether you are looking for a quiet night for two in a luxury spa suite in Windermere or you prefer a spa hotel in Windermere, you will be spoilt for choice.
The Lake District in England boasts some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the UK.
The area is famous for its lakes, its fells and its mountains and its rich cultural past attracts people from all over the world. Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain and the deepest lake is Wasdale. The Lake District is one of the most stunning tourist destinations in the UK.
In the late 17th century, walking and hiking breaks in the Lakes were enjoyed by the wealthy businessmen and aristocrats from the local towns who could afford to reach the valleys and mountains of the area.
In 1778 Thomas West wrote his guidebook about the Lake District which attracted more visitors to the area and the popularity of the region continued to grow. In the late 18th century the local authority responded by adding viewpoints to allow visitors to enjoy the same outlook as William Wordsworth once had.
Windermere and the Lake District are now home to a choice of Windermere Spa Suites, including saunas, hot tubs and luxury facilities.
In the early 19th century, tourism in the Lake District started to boom thanks to the construction of railway lines to Kendal and Windermere from the larger towns. These railway links made the Lake District accessible to all and to accommodate the huge numbers of visitors, new attractions were opened.
The Windermere steamers allowed people to experience the Lakes and visit places that were formerly inaccessible.
The Lake District was awarded ‘National Park’ status in 1951 to help preserve its natural beauty from commercial influences. The M6 was built along the east side of the Lakes which opened up the area further.
The Lake District now attracts over 16 million visitors a year.
The Windermere Steamers are still one of the most popular attractions in the UK today. Tourism adds tens of millions of pounds to the local economy each year and the enduring beauty of the Lakes ensures visitors keep flocking back.
Famous poet and author, William Wordsworth was born on 7 April, 1770 in a fine Georgian house in Cockermouth, which was owned by Sir James Lowther.
The River Derwent flowed past the back garden of the house, and was a wonderful place for young William Wordsworth to grow up and explore with his siblings, Richard, Dorothy, John and Christopher.
Most of Wordsworth´s childhood was spent in Cockermouth and Penrith, where his mother came from. William and his sister Dorothy attended infant school in Penrith between 1776 and 1777.
As a young boy, William attended Cockermouth School.
Wordsworth’s first guide to the Lakes in 1810 was eventually expanded into five volumes and gave people an insight into the area and was a handy book to travel with. Wordsworth also wrote some of his most famous works while residing in the Lake District, including ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud ….’
If you are planning a visit to the Lake District, why not stay in a luxury Windermere spa suite?
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Why not stay close to all the attractions of Bowness and Windermere, and within easy reach of popular Lake District towns and lakes, including: Ullswater, Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside, Coniston, Bassenthwaite, Kendal and Buttermere.
Windermere Spa Suites are available for last minute breaks, weekend breaks and midweek breaks, and the Lake District is the perfect place to spend a few days away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Bargain breaks in the Lake District, plus holiday breaks and last minute breaks can be booked at in Windermere, and always feel free to ask if there are any special rates available when you want to visit.
Hotels in the Lake District offer some of the best facilities in England and Windermere spa suites are among the most luxurious in the region. Whether you are looking for a weekend break, a romantic break or a honeymoon in the Lakes, you will not be disappointed.
Windermere spa suites are perfect for honeymoon couples, and we can offer bargain breaks, Lake District holidays and last minute breaks in the lakes at rates that won´t break the bank.
Weekend spa breaks in the Lake District are perfect for couples who want to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding Windermere and Bowness. If you are looking for a romantic weekend break in the Lake District, there are plenty of things to see and do around Bowness, including a wide range of attractions and facilities at Bowness Bay, Windermere, and plenty of walks and hikes around the lakes.
Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful region in a luxurious spa suite, just a short stroll away from Bowness and Windermere.
Imagine returning to a relaxing spa bath in a luxury spa suite after a long day exploring Windermere.
The Lake District is also renowned for its fabulous annual events and festivities, so even if you are only staying in the Lake District for a weekend break, you are likely to find plenty of things to see and do during your visit.
Whether you are planning a romantic weekend break in the Lake District, or you want to book a midweek break or a night´s stay, you can enjoy luxurious facilities in Windermere Boutique Spa Suites.
Visitors flock to Windermere, Bowness and the major Lake District towns and villages to enjoy peace and tranquility in one of England´s most beautiful settings.
If you enjoy peace and quiet but are not quite hardy enough to brave winter in the Lake District Windermere Boutique Spa Suites, autumn is an awesome time to visit.
Watch the landscapes change colour, the trees start shedding their leaves and enjoy a crowd-free time of year after the school holidays are over.
Why not spend a week in Windermere and enjoy boating across the lake, the atmospheric pubs and inns around the town and a host of amazing restaurants in Bowness. Some of the Lake District´s most famous attractions are located in and around the town, including Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre at Bowness.
Just five miles from Windermere is the quaint village of Ambleside, close to Hill Top, the former home of famous childrens´ author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. Jenkin´s Crag is also worth exploring and boasts stunning views over lake and countryside. Wray Castle is also well worth a visit if you find yourself in Ambleside.
Nine miles from Windermere is Grasmere where thousands of visitors a year flock to Dove Cottage, the former home of poet, William Wordsworth. If you have a sweet tooth, don´t forget to visit the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop or Cocoa Hearts, where artisan chocolate is made and sold.
Just a short boat ride from Bowness is the award-winning Lakes Aquarium which offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do, with plenty of informative staff to explain the importance of conservation in the Lake District.
Stop off at one of the many cafés to enjoy a typical plate of Cumbrian cuisine or enjoy home-made cakes and hot chocolate by the lake. Bowness is known for its many restaurants and pubs serving food, and if you are something of a foodie you will find all you want and more from these great eateries.
From Michelin star to simple café food, there is something for all tastes and budgets in Windermere and Bowness.
If the weather turns chilly, visitors also have a great choice of indoor attractions to choose from in Windermere, including the Windermere Steamboats and Museum, showing a historic collection of steam and motor boats, the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction at Bowness, the Cedar Gallery at Bowness and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.
Come rain (of which there is quite a lot) or shine, there is always plenty to see and do in the Lake District – from museums to castles, gourmet restaurants to local cafés and stunning country house gardens to adventure parks and visitor centres, you will never be stuck for something to do in the Lake District.
Why not book a Windermere spa suite or a spa hotel in the Lake District and make the most of your time in this beautiful part of England.
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Make the most of the cinema rooms, the Swedish sauna room, the sumptuous king size beds and hot tub.If you can drag yourself out of your suite, Windermere has a wealth of historical pubs to choose from. The Old John Peel
The Old John Peel can be located on the Rayrigg Road, and this well-known pub offers a friendly atmosphere with no sports on TV or loud music. With a good choice of guest ales and traditional home-made food. The Pub was named after local horseman John Peel whose horses were so good, that when he was legless after a few pints too many, he would be placed on one of his horses which then took him home. John Peel had 13 children. His hunting skills were second to none, hunting twice a week, for over fifty years. His last hunt was a week before he died at the age of 78. On the 13th Nov 1854 he was buried in Caldbeck church, joined in his grave with his wife and the only two children who were not present at the funeral.The Angel Inn
Situated on Helm Road, the Angel Inn is a traditional Lakeland Inn with a modern twist, and is just a few minutes’ walk from Windermere. Offering great views and close to the shops and attractions of Bowness, the Angel is family run and offers a good choice of food and a great range of wines and beers.The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak on Brantfell Road is handy for the steamer pier, and consists of four interconnecting rooms with lots of authentic bric a brac, generous portions of reasonably priced food from sandwiches and soup to daily specials, friendly service, a pool table and juke box. Tables are situated outside the front of the pub.The Village Inn
Situated on the Lake Road, The Village Inn is right in the centre of Bowness with the shores of Windermere just yards away. The Inn has been recently refurbished and attractively combines modern décor with traditional features, including beams and comfy leather sofas. There is also a beer garden and two outside terraces. Open all day for food from 12 till late, the menus are based on fresh local produce, and delicious home made cakes.The Stag´s Head
Situated on Church Street, the Stag´s Head is popular with tourists and locals alike, and offers a wide choice of beers, wines and spirits. Friday and Saturday sees live entertainment. Old features have been retained in the bar, such as the fireplace. The Lounge Bar is open from 11am to 2am and bar meals are served daily from 12 noon to 7pm. The pub is situated behind St Martin´s Church, in an area known as Lowside. Before the Windermere Railway arrived, the whole town looked like this ...narrow streets, and a maze of lanes.The Hole in T´Wall
Situated in Lowside, in the Old part of Town, the Hole in T´Wall was so-called as a blacksmith next to the pub knocked a hole in the wall so pints could be passed through for his thirsty workers. This bustling, unchanged pub is the oldest pub in Bowness and has split level rooms, beams, stripped stone and flagstones, old pictures, a log fire and a slate mantelpiece. Good pub food is served and a heated front courtyard is open all day.
Many Lake District walks hinge on Keswick, northern capital of the region. Within a few miles of the town, the scenery is so varied a visitor can select a walk to suit his or her mood.
To the north, the landscape billows and the fells are like waves in a petrified sea. Big and rounded, they are composed of Skidded Slates, which are not really slates but flagstones, shale’s and mudstones, laid down on the bed of an ancient sea. To the south, beyond the Jaws of Borrowable, are craggy mountains of a volcanic origin. From Glaramara, in clear weather, the northern fell country might be taken in during one sweeping glance.
Sheep graze on what is otherwise an empty landscape. Norman Nicholson, the Lakeland poet, wrote of whole valleys lying bare and open to the eye, with scarcely a wisp of bracken to preserve their modesty. Bracken, which was formerly cut as bedding for farm stock, now forms a chest high jungle. Among the dales that extend from Keswick is the Newlands Valley, one of the dales radiating from Keswick. Large and well farmed and virtually enclosed by fells, Newlands is entered on narrow roads that give an expedition a sense of adventure.
Keswick lies between two major lakes, namely Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. The first memory of John Ruskin, Victorian philosopher, art critic and author, was of being a child of five whose nurse took him to Friars Crag, overlooking Derwentwater. To Ruskin, the view of lake and mountain represented 'one of the three most beautiful scenes in Europe'. Derwentwater, with its wooded islets, contrasts with Bassenthwaite Lake, a stretch of water that is the only one with 'lake' as a suffix, the others being either mere or water.
Keswick has more literary associations than any other town of its size. Robert Southey, the poet laureate, lived here and was buried in the yard of Crosthwaite Church, his friend Wordsworth penning some lines for a memorial inside the building. Arthur Ransomed, author of Swallows and Amazons, was inspired by a scenic feature far removed from the Coniston Windermere area where most of his work was set. He gave Friars Crag the name Darien and shifted it south so that the children appearing in his book might camp where the promontory 'dropped, like a cliff, into the lake' and there was a splendid backdrop of hills.
The Walker's Guides devised by Smith Settle are companionable, offering much more than directions. Here, also, are notes on history, topography and wildlife, augmented by practical information. The Lakeland series began with the Central area and continued with segments based on important towns: the Southeast is explored from Kendal and the Northeast from Penrith.
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This thriving town is situated beside Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England, and offers visitors a wide range of things to see and do. In addition to boasting some of the best boutique hotels and themed hotels in the Lake District, Bowness-on-Windermere is home to hundreds of quirky shops, restaurants, country pubs and some excellent cultural and historical attractions. If you are planning a trip to the Lake District for the first time, or you are looking for a weekend break or a late deal in the region, check out Bowness.
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Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy golf, walking, hiking, climbing, water-skiing and sailing, or simply cruising down the lake on one of the authentic steam boats. If you prefer to take things a little bit easier, visit the 15th Century church of St Martin´s, which is situated in a beautiful part of the town.
Bowness is busy most of the year, and is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere. The town is Cumbria´s most popular destination, so if you prefer a quieter time on holiday, it is best to visit out of season. Lake Windermere is the best waterway in the region for water sports, swimming and yachting, and it is the only lake in the Lake District which has no speed restriction for water traffic. Boat builders and fishermen can be seen at work on the shoreline, and there are plenty of cafés to stop at and buy refreshments.Bowness-on-Windermere and William Wordsworth
Well known to the poet, William Wordsworth, Bowness-on-Windermere was frequently visited by several writers and authors. The White Lion pub, which is now the Royal Hotel was a favourite hostelry of Wordsworth´s, and it was mentioned in ´The Prelude.´ The poet also used the ferry to cross Lake Windermere, and mentioned this in some of his most famous works. A car ferry still crosses the lake between Ferry Nab and Ferry House, and provides a convenient approach to the western side of the lake and the villages of Hawkshead and Sawrey.Bowness attractions
One of the most popular attractions near Bowness is Blackwell – the Arts and Crafts House. This Grade 1 listed building opened in 2001, and was designed by MH Baillie Scott between 1897 and 1900 as a family home. Overlooking Lake Windermere, the house now serves as a public gallery for craft and applied arts.
Bowness pubs are legendary. Try the New Hall Inn, commonly known as the Hole in t´Wall Pub, which received its nickname after a thirsty blacksmith next door had a hole knocked in the pub wall to facilitate his access to beer while he was working. The old blacksmith´s shop is now part of the pub and the beamed ceilings and slate floors add to the atmosphere of bygone days.
Bowness has come a long way since Victorian times when wealthy tourists first began to flock to the region. Make the most of it and if you can manage to drag yourself out of your luxury Windermere boutique spa suite, enjoy the countryside!
One thing about the Lake District you can never guarantee is good weather.
However, even if the weather puts paid to your plans of a hike on the fells, there are plenty of indoor leisure and sports centres to choose from.
Sports and leisure fans can choose from the following indoor centres:
Penrith Leisure Centre: This versatile space is ideal for a range of sports and other health activities including swimming, fitness gym, personal training, exercise classes, indoor bowls, soft play, climbing walls, outdoor sports and sports hall activities. Do not miss out on ‘me’ time while you are in the Lake District.
Whitehaven Sports Centre: The endless routine we follow everyday takes a toll on our body and soul. So when you are in Windermere visit this sports centre comprising badminton courts, squash courts, fitness gym, studio space and a vast choices of activities for adults and families.
Appleby Leisure Centre: This fitness centre is famous for its friendly staff, high quality accessible equipment, huge swimming pools and personalised exercise programmes.
Ulverston Leisure Centre: This fitness centre extends its services irrespective of the weather. There are umpteen indoor and outdoor facilities including a 25m swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis court, an astro-turf pitch and lots of other activities.
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Kendal Leisure Centre: This fitness centre boasts a fantastic 25m main pool, indoor sports hall, badminton, football, hockey, tennis and much more. It has something for all ages and abilities. Swim for fitness and fun.
Dalton Leisure Centre: Nothing can be more satisfying than having a great time indulging in your favourite activity. This leisure centre could be the one you have been looking for. It includes a warm swimming pool, spray rail, shark shower, squash courts, fully-equipped gym, spinning room and an air-conditioned aerobic room.
Activities in Lakeland: A perfect way to experience the Lakeland scenery is to take part in gorge or ghyll scrambling. Climb small waterfalls, scramble up a mountain beck, dive into the deep pools, try aqua sailing or canyoning. Wetsuits and other related equipment are provided. You can always opt for a guided tour to appreciate the spectacular landscapes. When in the Lake District you will never run out of options!!
The Lake District is a place of natural beauty dotted with mountains, valleys and lakes. With all this and more, it’s a perfect holiday destination for the people who want to re-connect with nature.
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Each region of the Lake District is glorious in its own way. Enjoy the sight of lush green forests and valleys; you can spend some quality time relaxing by the water, take a gentle stroll around the lakes and appreciate the scenic beauty along the way. Here are some of the most popular views in the Lake District:
Wasdale Head from Wastwater: This breath-taking view was voted Britain’s favourite view in 2007. Many people visit Wastwater due to its evocative appeal with England’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike) hiding away in the background.
Bassenthwaite Lake from Dodd wood: The country’s rarest bird ‘’the Osprey’’ has been nesting on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake for many years. If you are lucky enough then you can catch a glimpse of an Osprey catching fish, swirling overhead as well as quenching their thirst in the water. This is the only official lake in the Lake District.
Towards the Jaws of Borrowdale from Friar’s Crag: Take a stroll alongside Derwentwater, one of the loveliest lakes in the Lake District, blanketed by old pine trees with stunning landscapes.
Haystacks from the shores of Buttermere: The Lake District’s greatest champion Alfred Wainwright admitted Haystacks inspired him more than any other view. If luck is on your side, you may also spot red squirrels on the right side of the lake (Sour Milk Ghyll). This land of blues and greens will help you relax and enjoy nature at its best.
Ullswater from the ferry: If you love photography, you are guaranteed to get a perfect shot of the scenery around Ullswater. When you take a boat ride around the lake, you will notice an ever-changing panorama without moving from your seat.
Grasmere from the Fairy café: Colourful wooden rowing boats are waiting for you in front of the Fairy Café to take you on an extraordinary ride across Grasmere. As the saying goes: ‘’When in Rome, do as the Romans do’’ so hire a boat and row around the lake as Wordsworth did as a young boy.
Rydal Water from the wooden bench: When you are looking for peace and quiet, there is a wooden bench overlooking Rydal Water with stunning views. Many legendary stories have been associated with this place and it is easily accessible.
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Traces of rich history and unique culture is found in every corner of the Lake District. The region has been blessed with a cornucopia of historic landmarks and cultural attractions.The Lake District’s heritage is truly reflected in its historical sites. Some of the not-to-be missed historical landmarks are:
Birdoswald Roman Fort: This magnificent World Heritage site is the perfect place to have a colourful insight into the Lake District’s culture and unique history. Explore the longest continuous remaining stretch of the Roman Fort and marvel the artefacts and a model of the wall in the spectacular exhibition. It is the ideal place to walk or cycle along Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria.
The 1657 Chocolate House: This famous chocolate house was built in 1630 in Kendal. It transformed into a tourist attraction in 1984. Now the Chocolate Houe has been a combination of a bakery, antique shop, travel agents and a ladies fashion shop. It offers 16 speciality chocolate drinks and dishes which are popular worldwide. Committed to retain the English traditions, all dishes have been named from the 1600’s.
Tarn Hows: The Tarns, the most visited spots in the Lakeland, artificially made in the 19th century by joining 3 tarns together. This beauty spot is a 1.5 mile path round the tarn which is surrounded by thick woodland. The attraction is jam packed with tourists in high season.
Wray Castle: This family-friendly mock-gothic castle on the western shore of Windermere is brimming with turrets, towers, informal grounds and Peter Rabbit adventure. It is a wonderful day out offering something to everyone. This spot can be visited in all weathers. Explore the Castle’s elaborate hall, rooms with towers, arrow slots, dressing up, a countryside room and stunning photographs taken by Beatrix Potter’s father to imagine 19th century life.
Grizedale Forest and Visitor Centre: From Mountain biking, swinging through the trees on Goape, indulging into a leisurely meal to relaxing walks, this amazing forest has various adventurous activities to enjoy. The visitor centre includes café in the forest; forest shop and bike hire shop. Witness and experience wide range of events in this exhilarating spot.
Carlisle Castle: A great medieval fortress that has inspired the city of Carlisle for over nine centuries. Be a part of the ancient history by exploring fascinating chambers, dungeons, stairways and the legendary licking stones. Take a walk down memory lane and uncover the unique history through lively exhibitions. You may opt for the guided tour of the Castle.
Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre: Set in the inspirational Howgills, a walk to this textile mill is delightful. This 4 floors building offers heritage displays, original working looms, regular changing exhibitions, displays and sales of arts and crafts. You can read the literature about the mill’s history and get true insights about its establishment.
Claife Viewing Station: Explore the mystical heights of Claife Viewing Station and immersed yourself in its colourful history.
Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve: Discover one of England’s remaining peatland habitats and admire the stunning views over the Lakeland Fells and sea.
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For a genuine fright, venture to some of the Lake District’s scariest places. Some of the region’s ghosts, stories and other myths which will scare your socks off!!
Styhead Pass, between Wasdale and Borrowdale: The Lake District has a rich history of ghosts, dark magic and myths.
Surrounded by ghoulish rumours, the ghost of a 13th century outlaw named Bjorn has been spotted on the Styhead pass, between Wasdale and Borrowdale. Many also claim that they have witnessed a ghostly galloping horse carrying a coffin in Wasdale Head. This horse spirit, known as the white horse of Windermere, is believed to walk from shore to shore when the surrounding area is in danger.
St. Herbert’s Island, Derwentwater: This Island was named after St. Hebert, a priest who chose the place as a sanctuary. Despite its welcoming atmosphere, there have been many ghostly sightings on the island.
Long Meg and her daughters, Salkeld: This site is the third largest prehistoric stone circle in England. Dating from the Bronze Age, 60 standing stones are arranged in a rough circle while the tall sandstone pillar of Long Meg is situated outside the circle. There are many legends and stories about this haunted place. It is said that the stones are witches that were turned into stones by a magician. And it is also believed that no one can count the stones correctly. If you could count them correctly, they will come to life.
Luck of Muncaster: Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass is one of the most haunted Castles and will surely give you a spine-chilling experience. Paranormal activities and inexplicable gusts of wind have been recorded at the place plus burning smells, children’s cries and rattling of door handles. There is one more tale associated with it. It is said that Henry VI handed over a glass cup to Sir John Pennington with the assurance “the family shall prosper so long as they preserve this cup unbroken”.
Moot Hall in Keswick: Men were working on a face lift for Gasworks Moot Hall, when a labourer while sweeping up the corner of the tower saw the dark shadow of a man disappearing through the wall. He also added that the atmosphere went all cold and misty’. Some other people also observed many frightful sights at this spooky location.
Fright night at Calgarth Hall: Centuries ago, Kraster Cook and his wife Dorothy owned a manor house near Windermere.
Their neighbour, a local justice of the Peace Myles Philipson wanted to buy the house. He insisted the couple sell it but they refused. To take possession of the property, the man accused the Cooks of theft and condemned them to death. This is when Dorothy cursed Myles Philipson that their screaming skulls would haunt the Hall at night. The spirits kept on haunting the place until the Philipsons left.
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Situated in the North West of England, there are plenty of things to do in Cumbria; the county is an interesting mix of art, culture, religion, food and more.
Offering stunning scenery and a peaceful atmosphere, the Lake District holds a special place in the hearts of millions. Add a dash of contemporary flavour and you get a place full of fun. Apart from its famous award-winning attractions, relaxing in a hot bath tub in one of the boutique spa hotels in Windermere can be a stunning experience.Some of the Lake District’s most famous attractions include:
History and heritage: In Cumbria, you are never too far away from a historical building or heritage landscape. Tranquil gardens, majestic historical houses, rich cultural heritage, captivating museums, and serene lakes lure tourists to the county. Make sure you do not miss these –Brantwood, Holker Hall and garden, The Fellsman, Sizergh, Wray Castle and many more.
Museums: Learn more about the history of the Lakes through fascinating museums and exhibitions in the Lake District. Some of the prominent museums are- The Pencil Museum, Lakeland Motor Museum, Heron Corn Mill, The Beacon Museum, Kendal Museum and Laurel and Hardy Museum.
Parks and Gardens: From spectacular compact gardens to grand estates, there are plenty of parks and gardens in Cumbria that are far removed from the hustle bustle of the city. These beautiful gardens have everything to make it a wonderful day out. Some of the most sought after places are-Treetop Trek, Askham Hall, Wray Castle, Holehird Gardens, Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum.
Wildlife and nature: Cumbria, rich in flora and fauna, is world famous for its wildlife parks, forests, farm attractions and aquariums. Few of the most renowned are - The Gincase, Lakes Aquarium, The Lake District Wildlife Park, Predator Experience, Grizedale Forest, Walby Farm Park.
Film and Theatre: Nothing beats the fun of having live entertainment and the county offers some of the world’s best theatre shows and events. Some of the best include: The Old Laundry Theatre, The Rheged Centre, Theatre by the Lake, Zeffirelli’s, Fellini’s and many more.
Adventure: Adventure and Cumbria go hand in hand. You will be welcomed by land, air and water based adventures in this beautiful county. Visit some of the ultimate attractions - Mobile Adventure, Total adventure, Go Ape Grizedale, Honister Slate Mine, Lake District Activities, River Deep Mountain High …. and the list goes on.
Leisure: The Lake District boasts a vast range of shopping centres, fine-dining restaurants, luxurious spa hotels with romantic suites and a fabulous choice of outdoor activities for all ages and fitness levels. Make your stay even more special with a choice of beauty treatments in Windermere boutique spa suites.
Though it may be well known for its scenic beauty, famous romantic poets, tranquil lakes and mountains, there are still plenty of things to do in the Lake District. It isn’t just a place to relax; it can get your adrenaline going too!
From hiking high on Scafell Pike, rafting the county’s watery rapids, walking around the lakes, swimming and kayaking and even soaring through the sky, the Lake District and the surrounding areas offer a lot of adventurous activities for all ages and levels of fitness.
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Climbing and scrambling: Though climbing is a common activity throughout the county the Lake District and Cumbria are world famous for the gentle scrambles and challenging rock climbs. Imagine a glorious green valley dotted with dark crags with peaceful sounds of wind filtering through the mountains. Nothing to worry about if you are not an avid climber. There are plenty of gentler walks and climbs for beginners.
Water sports and other activities: The Lake District offers a wide range of water sports. From canoeing and sailing to diving and windsurfing and water skiing, the list is endless. Cumbria also offers several outdoor swimming events, including the Great North Swim which takes place every summer and attracts around 10,000 people each time. Stand up paddle boarding is a new way to experience the stunning lakes. Being a hub of more than 80 lakes, open water swimming is popular in the Lake District.
Cycling and mountain biking: This is one of the best ways to get to know the Lake District and explore the neighbouring areas. If you are looking to truly get off the beaten path, enjoy tours by electric bike or sign up for a Sky ride. You can always join in the cycling trail which will take you through Grizedale, offering the best of Cumbria’s views. There are plenty of cycle hiring centres for a smooth journey throughout.
Walking around Cumbria: A huge variety of walking routes with unique features make the Lake District the UK’s favourite destination for walking enthusiasts. The best way to appreciate this quintessential county is to go for classic walks around lakes and valleys. You can plan your trip by seeking a range of guides and resources.
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Travel is more about experiences than just sights and sounds, and in the Lake District, every place has its own charm. From traditional performances to legends, from fantastic festivals to live music, from inspired writings to radical thinking, from curated exhibitions to amazing art galleries, from striking museums to historic houses, there is a choice of things to do in the Lake District for every traveller.
Windermere is a perfect destination for couples celebrating special occasions with a choice of restaurants and spa hotels. The jaw-dropping spa cottages will make your trip more memorable. If you are planning to visit this beautiful destination, here are some experiences you should not miss:
Literature: The best way to get an insight into the rich literature is to visit some of the authentic settings/places where international names put pen to paper. Enjoy a literary time of cultural immersions by visiting some of the amazing attractions like Dove Cottage, former home of William Wordsworth and the Wordsworth Museum, Beatrix Potter Gallery, the Pencil museum and more.
Theatre and Film: The Lake District has got extensive array of entertainment venues with lively year round programmes of drama, classical, folk music, comedy and film. This remarkable place offers you myriad of venues such as The Old Laundry Theatre, Theatre by the Lake, Brewery Arts Centre and Upfront Arts Venue.
Festivals: Cumbria has been the host to some of the most popular festivals. If you get a chance, you must head to the famous festivals ranging from local culture to food and live music. It boasts to offer myriads of festivals like Rock the Fells, Kendal Calling 2016, Maryport Blues Festival, Holker Chilli Fest and Kendal Mountain Festival. Chill out and have the best time of your life.
Galleries and studio: If you are really looking forward to make your ways into the renowned galleries and studios of the Lake District, make sure you spend some time in the Abbot Hall art gallery, Esthwaite Water, Lowes Court Gallery, The Rheged centre, The Heaton Cooper Studio; Gallery 26 at 27 and Hesta Scene to unwrap the beauty lies in it.
Historic houses and Museums: The Lake District also enjoys the status of rich history enveloping various historical moments and different time periods. In order to capture the essence of rich tapestry and beauty of the Lake District, visit Hill top, Levens Hall and Garden, Hutton in the forest, Lakeland Miniature Village, The Beacon Museum, the Rum Story and a lot more.
Craft and workshops: Choose from plenty of craft and art workshops options available. Enhance a skill or get expertise in a particular discipline with some of the best ever workshop fairs and events. Be inspired by Beatrix, London Legacy, Consumer’s Corner, Prom Art and the Craft Trail.
Magnificent lakes, gigantic lush-green forests, soaring mountains, modern architecture, magnificent dining, striking architecture, contemporary art, succulent food and everything inbetween can be found in the Lake District.
Incredible culture and history- The history of the Lake District offers an unsurpassed introduction to the city’s art, architecture and culture. From mountains to forests, from galleries to studios, packed performances to festivals, from food to wool, print and ceramics, the Lake District offers hundreds of attractions The artist pioneer and radical thinkers- William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, Andy Goldsworthy have also found inspiration here. Visit Muncaster Castle, The Rum Story, Laurel and Hardy Museum, Rydal Mount, Kendal Museum and many more.
The Lake District attracts 16 million tourists each year and offers a wide choice of pubs, bars, inns and breweries and stunning countryside.The county is brimming with restaurants and cafes offering breath-taking views of the local landscapes. Some of the great places to begin your evening would be the Lake Distillery, Keswick Brewery, the Hare and Hounds, the Spinners Arms and the Flying Pig Pub.
Mouth-watering eateries: Try the world-famous Kendal mint cake or indulge in Cartmel's signature dish - sticky toffee pudding. Food lovers in the Lake District have their own favourites, including Sticklebarn Langdale, Lucy’s on a Plate, The Wild Olive, Taste, NO 17, Lake Road Kitchen. Not to mention the fact that they come with unmatched surroundings and the warm hospitality of the hills!
Unrivalled shopping: From high-end fashion outlets to pocket-friendly local shops, the Lake District is a shopper's paradise. You will be pleasantly surprised with the vast variety of top shopping destinations which include Kendal, Carlisle, Ambleside, Penrith, and Cockermouth and so on. The ones that you don’t want to miss include all the farm shops and produce and other gift shops located across the county.
The Lake District is one of the most romantic counties in England and many of the romantic poets, including William Wordsworth were inspired to write some of their most famous works while living here.
Whether you are planning a romantic weekend in a boutique spa suite or you want to chill out in a spa hotel in Windermere, you will find a wealth of attractions nearby which include historic houses, parks, stately homes, Michelin starred restaurants and a wide choice of boat trips over some of England's most spectacular lakes.
The Lake District is perfect for a romantic break, a honeymoon or to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. Whatever the weather there are a range of attractions to suit all ages.
You may be able to guarantee stunning scenery and a wealth of fun attractions in the Lake District but you can never guarantee good weather.
You can experience all four seasons in less than 24 hours. The Lake District does have a high rain fall. The wettest months of the year are from October till January. The Lake District valleys receive around 200 days of rainfall per year.
Brimming with striking landscapes and overwhelming sights, the Lake District has plenty of attractions to enjoy on wet days:
Rheged-Penrith: This most sought-after attraction is the ultimate destination for family fun and combines adventure with culture. This award-winning indoor day out has been named after Cumbria’s Celtic Kingdom. Rheged’s attractions encompass the largest 3D cinema screen around. Create pottery or enjoy the painting workshop, a cultural gallery offering varied art, photography and craft exhibitions and a great selection of shops.
The Puzzling Place-Keswick: This famous tourist attraction is located in Music Square, Keswick. It was opened by local brothers Tim and Andrew. The Puzzling Place is a one of a kind gallery style exhibition which combines education with elements of fun and surprise.
Penrith Swimming pool: In case if you are not wet enough, visit this 25m five lane main pool for fitness, fun, learn to swim, improve your style and attend aqua classes. Apart from swimming, climbing walls, multi-purpose activity room, fitness suite, group fitness classes and a café bar are added bonuses.
The World of Beatrix Potter attraction: This wonderful landscape where the tales are brought to life is a must-visit attraction in the Lake District. You can see your favourite characters such as Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and all their friends from the magical tales. Enjoy the delightful show garden which recreates some of the scenes form the stories. It is a great fun spot for family and friends.
The Armitt Museum-Ambleside: This unique museum lets you enjoy the rich history and heritage of Lakeland. Have a bird’s eye view of the Lakeland landscape through the magical photography of Herbert Bell, attend a lantern slide show, learn about the early seaplane pioneer Oscar Gnospelius and admire the other gems this unique place has to offer.
White Scar Cave: This is the longest show cave located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Enter a hidden world showcasing a landscape beautifully lit, with gushing streams and waterfalls and exotic cave formations. This is one the best tours during wet days.
Hayes Garden World- Ambleside: This renowned garden centre attracts over 1 million visitors each year and offers exciting new ideas to impress the avid gardeners and shopping enthusiasts.
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The ever-increasing stress in our day-to-day lives makes us want to escape from the hustle and bustle of normal life.
So what to do? A spa day will not only help you to relax or recharge but also offers health-promoting experiences. The health benefits of a spa include:
Relax, recharge and reflect: The healing power of massage therapies have been experienced since ancient times. You will never be short of relaxing treatments and activities. The best part of a spa is to give you “ME” time. When your energies are recharged, you are able to perform your tasks in a more efficient manner. If you are tired, it is reflected on your body. So slow down…You deserve a break!!
Detox and re-energize: A spa helps you to remove all the toxins and stress by clearing your mind of worries. Re-energize by cleansing your system, get rid of all the bad toxins, re-generate new blood into your body, and heal your kidney, lungs, liver and skin. There are plenty of effective detox methods which provide unparalleled impact on your body. It is best to have an expert suggestion in choosing the detox method.
Healthy ageing: When tensions trap you, it reflects on your face and body. Skin becomes dull and patchy. To look and feel younger both inside and out, plenty of anti-ageing treatments are available. Give your skin a uniform look by indulging in cellular renovation and refining pore therapies.
Good sleeping behaviour: There are many renowned spa hotels where therapists diagnose your specific sleeping habits and treat them.
Acupuncture, shiatsu and reiki are some of the sleep enhancement programmes which heal your body and soul. These programmes incorporate special food diet, posture and sleeping positions to encourage a better sleep cycle.
Weight loss: If you have some weight loss goals, you are guaranteed to achieve them by a combination of fitness activities and healthy diet plans. Indulge in body contouring services at a spa and keep the extra pounds off. Get your body back in shape… Be beautiful.
Relieve pains and aches: Massage therapy can help you with pain management in chronic conditions like muscle spasms, arthritis and other serious illness. A spa helps you to combat any aches and pains you have. You can choose from alternative therapies such as acupuncture, sports massage and physiotherapies to get a relief from a long term back issue or other injury.
Improve overall health and fitness: A spa helps you to lead a healthier lifestyle and improves your overall health. Get the health ideas from expert trainers in order to maintain health.
When you are in love with food, nature and adventure, there is a wide choice of things to enjoy in the Lake District for families and couples. Spending your holidays in the beautiful Lake District could be the best decision you have ever made.
Some of best things to do in the Lake District include:
Pay a visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle: This Neolithic site with Helvellyn as a backdrop is a natural wonder. Photographers flock to the area to admire this Neolithic monument. This site is a collection of 38 free-standing stones surrounded by stunning Lake District scenery.
Dine at Britain’s finest restaurant: When the Good Food guide nominates a restaurant as the finest in the country; it surely has to offer something special. So make a reservation at Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cartmel to know the real definition of fine dining. If you manage to get in, thank your lucky stars!!
Admire the views at Hampsfell A truly wonderful 4-mile route at the very southern line of the Lake District boundary opens the doors of a new world crossing the coast, up through woods and over fells. Hampsfell is an excellent spot to fall in love again and attracts romantic couples from all over the UK. Enjoy a picnic or a leisurely lunch in the highly regarded Hazelmere Café in Grange-over-Sands.
Explore the picturesque woods: Who can ignore a day trip to a family-friendly lakeside park with stunning mountain views? Enjoy a picnics in the extensive gardens at Fell Foot. Boats, canoes and kayaks are easily available for hire. The Boathouse café is also a must visit spot for catching some breath-taking views and enjoying some home-made Cumbrian food.
Head to Brewery Art Centre, Kendal for ultimate entertainment: This multi-purpose arts centre is situated in a 150-year old building featuring music, films, comedy and more to entertain its guests. Heavyweight comedy acts including Jimmy Carr and Ed Byrne have also performed at this small but quirky centre.
Coniston Eastern Shore: Almost every one of us would love to recreate that iconic wooden jetty shot with our loved one. It is an emblematic Lake District scene providing a spectacular sun set view. Rigg Wood is the place to see this amazing view.
Wherever you decide to base yourself in the Lake District, take your time to explore the natural scenery, the lakes, the mountains and the fells in this stunning county.
Windermere is a perfect place to stay if you are looking for a romantic break in the Lakes. Spa suites and hot tub rooms are ideal if you are planning a romantic stay, a special birthday, a honeymoon or anniversary.
Spa hotels and spa suites in Windermere provide everything you need for a special stay in one of England’s most stunning national parks. Over 16 million people visit the Lake District each year to climb the hills, take boat trips across the lakes and chill out in style at one of the awesome Windermere Lakes Suites with hot tub.
There is something about the Lake District that makes it different from all other destinations. The Lake District is home to a wealth of historical attractions. From stunning cultural venues to appealing landscapes, the Lake District has it all.
Some of the places not to miss include:
Derwentwater is only a short stroll from the town centre with its extensive beautiful gardens. This three mile long lake is regarded as one of the main assets of Keswick. There are four islands on Derwentwater- Derwent Isle, St. Herbert’s Island, Lord’s Island and Rampsholme Island. Besides walking the lakeshore paths, it is recommended to take one of the launches to enjoy the beauty of the lake. Rowing boats, canoes and kayaks can also be hired to enjoy the lake to its full.
Explore Catbells Lakeland Walk: Catbells is a short, steep summit easily conquerable offering stunning views of mountains and lakes. It is a short walk with spectacular views. The paths are well defined and it is considered as a perfect picnic spot at the top. If you are planning to come to the Lake District, this place has to be on top of your agenda.
Explore Ullswater: This striking lake is surrounded by stunning, green trees covered cliffs to its south and covered by hills to its north. This seven and a half mile long lake is the second largest in England. When the mist blankets the lake, it gives dramatic views from both sides. There are four small lovely villages around the area which can be visited by boat. If you are looking for a quiet refuelling place look no further. Glenridding, Patterdale, Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Kirkstone Pass are some of the most beautiful places in the Lakes.
Explore Coniston Water: This stunning lake is located half a mile down from Coniston village and is also close to Brantwood (John Ruskin’s home) and Ruskin Museum. There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops in the village. Visit the pretty village of Hawkshead where William Wordsworth went to school and the picturesque Esthwaite Water which can be best explored on foot.
Explore the Northern Lakes: These North West lakes are the most peaceful lakes in the world. Crummock Water is located between Loweswater and Buttermere. This crystal clear, rocky bottomed lake is owned by the National Trust. The lake is flanked by rough hills and steep fellsides of Skiddaw slate making it a fantastic spectacle. Buttermere nestles at the foot of some lovely fells. It is one of the few lakes you can walk all the way around.. There is one more hidden gem known as Bassenthwaite Lake- The only official lake in the Lake District.
If you are looking for somewhere special to spend time in the Lakes, why not rent a spa suite with your own hot tub in Windermere and base yourself near to the largest and most spectacular lake in England. Spa suites are the most popular type of accommodation in the Lake District.
The Lake District lets you experience an intimacy with nature that’s hard to find in any part of the world. Some of the top romantic attractions in the Lake District include:
Kindle the romantic flames at Lake Ullswater: Far away from the lights and noise of the nearest towns, Ullswater is a charming spot to enjoy afternoon tea. Surrounded by the superb views, these 15 acres of lake and fells offer stunning scenery and a wide choice of outdoor attractions. To make it memorable, combine a visit with a boat tour of the lake.
Up and away in a Gyroplane: Step into a different world by going on a trip in a gyroplane and have a high flying, twin seater experience like no other.
This tour will take you to an untouched paradise that’s usually reserved for birds. The village of Berrier is the place to get started.
Sleep under a blanket of stars: Explore the Lake District early in the morning and watch the sun rise over the surrounding mountains and pitch your tent on a remote fell. You can always join a dedicated excursion for a guided tour. Let the moonlight guide you to have the ultimate overnight Lakes experience.
Hot-air balloon ride over Southern Lakeland: If you get thrilled with heights, this Virgin Balloon flight from Newby Bridge will let you have a bird’s eye view of England’s largest lake, Windermere. It boasts to provide the finest view possible.
Embrace the wildlife at the Lake District Wildlife Park: This Bassenthwaite gem is a home to over 100 species of animal- from meerkats, monkeys to zebras and micro pigs all are the inhabitants of this huge park. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for Brian the Gibbon, the oldest in Europe.
Hire a bike and appreciate the beautiful sites: Riding a bike is an excellent way to appreciate the jaw-dropping scenery and awesome views. Hire a bike from County Lanes Cycle Centre in Windermere and go on a romantic ride in the Lakeland fells. Safety helmets, map holder and lock will be available to ensure safety. An easy-to-follow route sheet will guide you throughout.
Follow your sweet tooth: Invigorate your senses by savouring the world-famous desserts at the ‘’Home of sticky toffee’’. Visit the pretty Cumbrian village of Cartmel on the Southern edge of the Lake District to enjoy the beyond brilliant delicacy. We guarantee that you go home with a choice of delicious desserts.
If you are looking for hot tub accommodation or spa suites in Windermere, book a luxurious suite for a romantic weekend or to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary.
Hot tub suites are the most popular places to stay in Windermere and the Lake District and provide perfect accommodation for couples who want to escape the hustle and bustle of their normal lives and live the luxury of 5 star accommodation in the Lake District.
Dotted with mountain peaks, lush green forests and spectacular lakes, the Lake District’s astounding views will warm your heart at every step. Here are our top 10 things to do in the Lake District and Windermere:
1. Lunch on the Coniston Shore: With stunning lakeside views, the Bluebird Café is a must visit eaterie for enjoying delicious eateries in a lakeside setting. It is a perfect place to take a break and embrace the beautiful scenery.
2. Come face-to-face with wolves: The Lake District is never short of adventures. The Lakes are home to many of the world’s most fascinating and endangered animals. Join the pack at the Predator Experience in Ayside and get a chance to go for a walk through beautiful forests.
3. Uncover the hidden gems: Apart from some massively popular destinations, the Lake District also possesses some fabled corners for avid wanderers to discover. Climb the Hardknott pass and open the doors of a remote Roman Fort.
4. Take a walk around Rydal Water: Almost every geographical beauty we know of has a legend associated with it. This lakeside route is no exception. This has been marked as one of the favourite places of the famous poet Wordsworth. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this place and enjoy a stroll around the lakeside.
5. Make a pilgrimage: Nestled next to England’s deepest lake and highest mountain, St Olaf’s is the smallest church in England. Covered by a ring of yew trees, this magical setting provides a special dedication to the climbers who lost their lives in WWI.
6. Give your body a treat: Book into a spa hotel, spa suites or a spa cottage in Windermere and enjoy being pampered during your stay.
7. Meet the underwater creatures: Situated at the southern tip of Windermere, the Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge will allow you to go on an underwater adventure and meet the local and exotic species.
8. Discover Windermere by kayak: Windermere is capable of enthralling you in unparalleled ways. One of them is taking in epic 360-degree views of England’s largest lake by Kayaking. You can always join Go Canoeing for a guided tour which requires no previous experience.
9. Have fun at Wray Castle: This National Trust property on the Western shore of Windermere is not a real castle but a mock-Gothic private building offering den-building areas, a range of dressing-up areas and adventurous play grounds with swings and huge gardens. To make it a real outing, combine this with cycling along the Windermere shore.
10. Try Ghyll scrambling: Ghyll scrambling is altogether a new adventurous activity which involves climbing up and abseiling down mountain streams and waterfalls. Stickle Ghyll is the place to climb up big waterfalls under controlled conditions. All equipment is supplied and is suitable for most ages.
If you are looking for spa suites or luxurious hot tub accommodation in Windermere, why not book a hot tub room with someone special for a midweek break or weekend getaway.
If you are planning to visit the Lake District this year, why not book a Windermere spa suite and enjoy a luxurious stay beside England’s largest lake?
Spa suites in Windermere include stunning facilities including cinema rooms, spa bathrooms with Swedish saunas, whirlpool baths, feature fires, coloured mood lighting, 60” TVs and much more.
Hot tub hotels in Windermere have always been popular but now with the launch of luxurious bed and breakfast spa suites with their own hot tubs and five star facilities, there is likely to be more competition in the Lake District between hoteliers.
If you are looking for romantic accommodation in Windermere, a luxury cottage or spa hotel, you should also take a look at the new bed and breakfast spa suites which are available in the town.Windermere Tourism
Windermere first began to attract tourists in the Victorian era when wealthy industrialists and aristocrats flocked to the area for the health benefits of the ‘clean mountain air’ and stunning lakeside scenery. Many bought homes in Windermere, and the introduction of the railway in 1847 attracted many more tourists to the Lakes.Windermere Attractions
Windermere is of course famous for its lake. The longest lake in England is over 10 miles in length and is home to many events, including the Great North Swim every June, when up to 10,000 amateur and professional swimmers compete over half a mile, 1 mile and 2 mile courses.
Windermere Steamers are also popular with visitors and will take you from one end of Windermere to the other from Bowness Bay. You can hop on and hop off, while visiting places of interest along the way.
Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre in Bowness is also worth a visit. The house boasts stunning gardens, leading right down to the lake and an adventure playground for the younger ones.
Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House, is one of the most popular attractions near Bowness. This Grade 1 listed building opened in 2001, and was designed by MH Baillie Scott between 1897 and 1900 as a family home. Overlooking Lake Windermere, the house now serves as a public gallery for craft and applied arts.Windermere Restaurants and Pubs
Bowness pubs are legendary. Try the New Hall Inn, commonly known as the Hole in t´Wall, which gained its nickname after a thirsty blacksmith next door had a hole knocked in the pub wall to facilitate his access to beer while he was working. The old blacksmith´s shop is now part of the pub and the beamed ceilings and slate floors add to the atmosphere of bygone days.
If you want to eat and drink in Windermere, you will be spoilt for choice in the town centre and also at Bowness Bay which offers every type of pub, bar, restaurant and café to suit all tastes and budgets.
From Indian to Italian and typical Cumbrian food to Thai cuisine, you will have plenty to choose from if you can drag yourself away from your luxurious Windermere bed and breakfast spa suite.
Many of the pubs in Bowness serve traditional cask ales and many an award-winning pint has been produced in Windermere.Romantic Windermere B&B’s
If you are looking for a romantic Windermere B&B, a spa suite will be perfect for your honeymoon or special occasion.
Romance and the Lake District go hand in hand, and if you want to explore further afield, take a trip on board the Settle to Carlisle Railway which will whisk through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct and through the Blea Moor tunnel and on to Carlisle. The scenery is stunning along the route.
Windermere is blessed with some of the finest scenery in Cumbria, and if you want to walk in the footsteps of famous former resident, William Wordsworth, you will find plenty of quiet trails and routes around the lake.
If you are lucky enough to enjoy some warm weather in the Lake District, take a picnic down to the water´s edge and make the most of the stunning scenery. Plenty of farmer´s markets are held regularly in and around Windermere, and you can pick up some delicious local sausages, cheeses and pates to enjoy beside the lake.
Romantic B&B’s in Windermere often include spa baths for 2 and everything you need to enjoy 5-star Lake District accommodation in one of England’s most beautiful settings. Spa suites, spa hotels and spa B&B’s in Windermere and Bowness offer a wide range of luxury facilities and are among the most popular places for people to stay in the UK for a romantic break.
Soaking in a hot tub can also bring many health benefits. When your body absorbs heat, several subtle processes occur. Blood flow is increased and blood pressure is subsequently reduced.
Pampering spa treatments and massages can also help visitors to relax and feel rejuvenated after their stay.Windermere Honeymoon & Minimoon Hotels
If you are planning a honeymoon or a minimoon, there is no better place to stay than a luxury spa suites B&B in Windermere where you can enjoy the privacy and luxury of a spacious suite with hot tub, mood lighting and sumptuous super king sized bed. Some Windermere suites now have large TV’s in the bathroom as well as the bedroom, and include music systems and coloured mood lighting. Perfect for a romantic break in one of the UK’s most romantic regions.Windermere Spa Hotels
Whether you have stayed in a Windermere spa hotel before or you want to book somewhere romantic for the first time, consider a Windermere spa suite which will give you the freedom and flexibility to come and go as you please, enjoy luxurious facilities including your own hot tub bath and spa and be close to the largest lake in England.
Windermere is the perfect place for a romantic break in the Lakes and romantic bed and breakfast spa suites provide sumptuous accommodation for couples who want to be pampered during their stay.
Vibrant Bowness-on-Windermere, situated along the shores of Lake Windermere is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Lake District National Park.
A firm favourite with a choice of boat trips and outdoor attractions, including the World of Beatrix Potter and a great choice of bars, pubs and restaurants.
Outdoor clothing shops, boutiques and CAMRA recommended inns are also situated in Bowness and a wide choice of spa hotels, guest houses and luxury B&B’s.
The best way to explore the Lake is by boat and visitors can find a range of attractions around the lake where they can stop off, including Lakeside and Ambleside. Hop aboard the Windermere foot and car ferry which runs regularly from Ferry Nab, just south of Bowness to Ferry House at Far Sawrey, offering a scenic route from Bowness into Beatrix Potter Country.
Luxury Windermere cottages are also popular with couples and families and make a great retreat for a romantic weekend or midweek break in Windermere.
Situated in south Lakeland, Bowness-on-Windermere is a tourist magnet. Windermere and Bowness have become one large settlement although both still have distinguishable town centres.
‘Bowness’ literally means ‘the headland where the bull grazes,’ maybe referring to the keeping of the parish bull.
Luxury spa hotels in Bowness offer a wide choice of accommodation with hot tubs and full spa facilities.
The town’s ancient parish church of St Martin was built in 1483 and the former rectory is said to have been built in 1415.
During the 19th century, Bowness grew from a small fishing village to a popular tourist town. The town was also the centre of the local boat building industry which provided the sailing yachts and steam launches used on the lake.
Hotels and guest houses gave employment to many of the local residents. The arrival of the railway in 1847 in Windermere enabled many more holidaymakers to discover the stunning Lake District scenery.
Hot tub hotels in the Lake District are among the most popular types of accommodation in the area.
Windermere Railway Station offers train and bus connections to the surrounding areas, including Manchester and Manchester Airport.
Well known to the poet, William Wordsworth, Bowness-on-Windermere was frequently visited by several writers and authors. The White Lion pub, which is now the Royal Hotel was a favourite hostelry of Wordsworth´s, and it was mentioned in ´The Prelude.´ The poet also used the ferry to cross Lake Windermere, and mentioned this in some of his most famous works. A car ferry still crosses the lake between Ferry Nab and Ferry House, and provides a convenient approach to the western side of the lake and the villages of Hawkshead and Sawrey.
Spa suites and spa hotels in Bowness attract holidaymakers from all over the UK.
One of the most popular attractions near Bowness is Blackwell – the Arts and Crafts House. This Grade 1 listed building opened in 2001, and was designed by MH Baillie Scott between 1897 and 1900 as a family home. Overlooking Lake Windermere, the house now serves as a public gallery for craft and applied arts.
Bowness pubs are legendary. Try the New Hall Inn, commonly known as the Hole in t´Wall Pub, which received its nickname after a thirsty blacksmith next door had a hole knocked in the pub wall to facilitate his access to beer while he was working. The old blacksmith´s shop is now part of the pub and the beamed ceilings and slate floors add to the atmosphere of bygone days.
Windermere is without doubt the most popular town in the Lake District National Park and offers outdoors enthusiasts a wide choice of walks and hikes.
Stunning scenery combined with luxury cottages with spas and outdoor hot tubs make Windermere a favourite place for UK and overseas visitors.
Two of the most popular Windermere walks include:Orrest Head Walk
The Orrest Head Walk is one of the most popular in the area, and is ideal if you want a short walk to one of the most spectacular regions around Windermere. From Windermere Station, cross over Victoria Street and the A591 (pedestrian crossing). Go uphill where a tarmac lane leads off to the left, signposted Orrest Hill.
Luxury Windermere spa cottages are available all year round and fill up quickly in the summer months.
Follow the lane through Elleray Woods, for about 600m. Follow the track which follows. The track then opens up into woodland. Keep following the route uphill. As the views open up, you will see glimpses of Windermere Lake through the trees.
At the end of the path go through the kissing gate and the viewpoint and Lake District Mountains spread out in front of you. From the summit continue north and follow the path until it comes to a minor road. Turn left and follow the road downhill to the next junction. Look out for the path on the left, which crosses a field and carries on to the woods. This path rejoins the outward route, just before you return to the village.Post Knott and Brantfell Walk
This walk is perfect if you want to start from Bowness Promenade. From here, head back into Bowness Village, then take the first turn on the right past the Village Inn, cross over Kendal Road and head steeply up Brantfell Road. At the top of the road, head through the gate and keep on up the field. A seat about half way up here enables walkers to rest a while and enjoy the scenery. With breathtaking views of Windermere, this is one of the best places to stop en route.
Why not book into a romantic Windermere cottage so you can relax at the end of your walk?
At the next gate turn right, and follow the level path until you reach the view of the north basin of Windermere, which improves as you climb. When you arrive at Post Knott, Brantfell lies just behind it. Cross the stile and follow the cairns to the top, from where you can see almost all of Windermere. Return by either re-tracing your steps or return down the line of cairns, bearing right at the small woods at the foot of the hill.
Cross the stile in the wall ahead and continue down to the field beyond. The path follows down a few steps. At the foot of these steps take the gate on the right. Ignore the farm track which crosses the path and after the next gate, look for a small iron gate in the wall on the right. Don´t take the farm track which crosses the path, and after the next gate, look for a small iron gate in the wall on the right. Enter here and follow the path. Cross the small private road and turn left after the duck pond, across the fields. Pass through 3 kissing gates, and you will come to a gravel path. Follow this around the large house, and head downhill where you will reach a tarmac road. Follow on to Bowness Village.
Windermere offers a vast range of attractions to walkers, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts. Whether you want to push yourself to reach new limits, relax in a Windermere spa cottage or celebrate a special occasion in a luxury Windermere cottage, you will find a wide choice of attractions and accommodation to choose from.
Now that we are almost in June, you might expect the sun to be shining in the Lake District although this stunning part of England does experience its fair share of rainy days, even in summer.
With a vast choice of attractions in the Lakes, whatever the weather is doing, it should not disrupt your plans!
Some of the top rainy day things to do in the Lake District includes:The Lakeside Railway
Take the steam train from Haverthwaite to Windermere, visit the Lakes Aquarium at the end of the line before the return journey. The line may be short but the train is one of the slowest we have ever come across so you get plenty of time to enjoy the scenery along the way.Rheged, Penrith
This award-winning centre was named after Cumbria´s Celtic Kingdom and its attractions include a cinema screen the size of 6 double decker buses. This excellent entertainment centre gets very busy when the weather is poor so get there early if you can.The Puzzling Place at Keswick
The Puzzling Place was opened in 2001 in Museum Square, Keswick and incorporates a gallery style exhibition which is different to anything experienced in the area before, combining fun, surprise and education. Lots of interactive exhibitions.Penrith Swimming Pool
If you want to get even wetter, take a trip to Penrith Swimming Pool. There is also a climbing wall here and a café.Zefirelli´s Cinema and Bar, Ambleside
Two separate multi-screen cinemas showing the top films of the moment. The café bar is a great place to chill out and relax before or after the show.The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness
Enjoy the colourful fantasy figures from Beatrix Potter´s stories come to life at the World of Beatrix Potter. Hop down the road to see Peter Rabbit, Miss Tiggy-Winkle and Jemima Puddleduck to name a few.Windermere Steamboats Museum
This popular museum offers a unique collection of steam and motor boats which have graced Windermere with their presence over the years. There is a separate ´Swallows and Amazons´ Exhibition and a Model Boat pond with various demonstrations throughout the day.The Armitt Museum, Ambleside
A unique Library and museum with the emphasis on fun and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts and objects relating to the Lake District.Honister Slate Mines
The Honister Slate Mines are the last working slate mines in the Lake District and a fully guided tour underground is available throughout the day. Also information about the history and features of this spectacular mine.
Whether you are visiting the Lake District for a day or a week, check out the superb boutique hotels and spa hotels in Windermere offering romantic weekends, four poster beds, hot tub suites and hot tubs for 2, plus full spa facilities to take your mind off the weather!
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