The Windermere Hotel is just a few hundred metres from the shores of this spectacular lake, at the heart of the Lake District – one of England’s most popular destinations for outdoor activities, climbing, rambling, boating, cycling, birdwatching, fishing and sightseeing. At Windermere you are perfectly placed within striking distance of such iconic natural features as Scafell Pike, Helvellyn, Ullswater and Keswick.
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Lake Cruises on Lake Windermere
There’s no better way to enjoy Lake Windermere than from a cruise boat. With departure points in Ambleside (4.6 miles), Bowness (1.5 miles) and Lakeside (0.4 miles), you can enjoy this most relaxing of experiences entirely at your leisure. Or if you can fancy being the captain of your own vessel, why not hire a boat.
Orrest Head Viewpoint, 0.5 mile
The travel write Alfred Wainwright was so inspired by the view of Lake Windermere from this natural, elevated vantage point that he left Lancashire and set up home in Cumbria so as to spend his life wandering the fells.
The World of Beatrix Potter, 1.4 mileS
Discover the world of the world-famous author of the beloved Peter Rabbit stories, with exhibits, a recreation of the local countryside, café and gift shop.
Holehird Gardens, 1.7 miles
A stunning setting overlooking Windermere with Walled Garden, Upper Garden, Display House, and Glasshouse.
Brockhole on Windermere, 2 miles
A lakeside arts and crafts villa set in extensive grounds with exhibitions, restaurant and Brockhole Café.
Windermere Golf Club, 2 miles
The most stunning setting for a wonderful 18-hole course; a friendly welcome for visitors, and a range of practice facilities.
Watersports on Windermere, 2.5 miles
Hire Paddleboards, canoes, kayaks here in the Windermere Marina Village, or take a guided tour if you don’t feel confident in navigating the Lake yourself.
Claife Heights, National Trust Claife Viewing Station and Windermere West Shore, 4 miles
The perfect place to enjoy the view of Lake Windermere or set off on a gentle walk or bike ride leading to Wray Castle.
Kendal, 9 miles
One of the bustling Lake District towns that you simply have to visit – for the festivals, the shops, art and culture and a range of fun family-oriented activities, along with Bowness and Ambleside.