Local Attractions and things to do in Windermere

Local Attractions

Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel, Windermere is in the heart of the Lake District National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Belsfield Hotel is prominently located…

Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel, Windermere is in the heart of the Lake District National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Belsfield Hotel is prominently located on the water's edge making it one of the select few lake Windermere hotels with access.  Over a period of 500 million years, the landscape has been turned by natural geological processes into a region of mountains, huge lakes and long, U-shaped valleys. The Lake District National Park includes England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike at 976 metres, and its largest lake, Lake Windermere at 5.7 square miles.

There are countless sites of prehistorical and historical interest, from the Neolithic Stone Circle at Castlerigg, through the Bronze Age settlement site at Threkeld and the Roman Fort at Hardknott Pass, marking the beginning of probably the most spectacular drive in England through the Hardknott and Wrynose passes. More recent history brings early industrial history of Eskdale Mill, the poetry of Wordsworth and the children’s novels of Beatrix Potter.

As a major tourist destination there is plenty to keep you busy during your stay with us, whether your interests lie in enjoying spectacular scenery and tranquillity, outdoor pursuits, history and culture, or museums and art galleries.

Go Lakes | Official Lake District Tourism Board

Explore GoLakes official website to discover everything the Lake District region has to offer during your stay:

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Choose from a wide range activities and days out in Windermere, including Lake District tours, Lake Windermere cruises, boat trips and more:

Lake District National Park

England’s largest Park covering 885 square miles and includes Scafell Pike, its highest mountain, Lake Windermere, its longest lake, Wastwater, its deepest lake, and thriving communities like Keswick and the popular resort town of Bowness-on-Windermere.

www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

Visit Ambleside & Troutbeck

This busy little village offers a great starting point for any walking or cycling enthusiast or a relaxing day for those wanting a bit of retail therapy. Take a walk past Hayes Garden World (a great place to stop for a browse and some refreshments), to Waterhead, just a short stroll for the centre of Ambleside and spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful scenery around Lake Windermere like Borans Parks, where the remains of the Roman Fort Galava can be found.

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Visit Bowness & Windermere

Offering a range of independent shops and craft centres, ideal for gifts or treating yourself to something special. Take a walk down to Bowness Bay where you can hire a Motor or Rowing boat, take a ride on the lake with Windermere Lake Cruises , enjoy a round of pitch and putt or try your luck on the miniature 18 hole golf course, or visit The Beatrix Potter World attraction.

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Views at Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel in the Lake District National Park, UK Facilities at Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel in the Lake District National Park, UK

Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel, Windermere is in the heart of the Lake District National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Belsfield Hotel is prominently located on the water's edge making it one of the select few lake Windermere hotels with access.  Over a period of 500 million years, the landscape has been turned by natural geological processes into a region of mountains, huge lakes and long, U-shaped valleys. The Lake District National Park includes England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike at 976 metres, and its largest lake, Lake Windermere at 5.7 square miles.

There are countless sites of prehistorical and historical interest, from the Neolithic Stone Circle at Castlerigg, through the Bronze Age settlement site at Threkeld and the Roman Fort at Hardknott Pass, marking the beginning of probably the most spectacular drive in England through the Hardknott and Wrynose passes. More recent history brings early industrial history of Eskdale Mill, the poetry of Wordsworth and the children’s novels of Beatrix Potter.

As a major tourist destination there is plenty to keep you busy during your stay with us, whether your interests lie in enjoying spectacular scenery and tranquillity, outdoor pursuits, history and culture, or museums and art galleries.

Go Lakes | Official Lake District Tourism Board

Explore GoLakes official website to discover everything the Lake District region has to offer during your stay:

www.golakes.co.uk

Facebook / Twitter / YouTube

Choose from a wide range activities and days out in Windermere, including Lake District tours, Lake Windermere cruises, boat trips and more:

Lake District National Park

England’s largest Park covering 885 square miles and includes Scafell Pike, its highest mountain, Lake Windermere, its longest lake, Wastwater, its deepest lake, and thriving communities like Keswick and the popular resort town of Bowness-on-Windermere.

www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

Visit Ambleside & Troutbeck

This busy little village offers a great starting point for any walking or cycling enthusiast or a relaxing day for those wanting a bit of retail therapy. Take a walk past Hayes Garden World (a great place to stop for a browse and some refreshments), to Waterhead, just a short stroll for the centre of Ambleside and spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful scenery around Lake Windermere like Borans Parks, where the remains of the Roman Fort Galava can be found.

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Visit Bowness & Windermere

Offering a range of independent shops and craft centres, ideal for gifts or treating yourself to something special. Take a walk down to Bowness Bay where you can hire a Motor or Rowing boat, take a ride on the lake with Windermere Lake Cruises , enjoy a round of pitch and putt or try your luck on the miniature 18 hole golf course, or visit The Beatrix Potter World attraction.

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Visit Coniston

Surrounded by fells and forests and situated at the head of Coniston Water, it is home to the Ruskin Museum in Coniston, Cumbria and the site of Donald Campbell’s fatal attempt to regain the water speed record. Visit exhibits of both these men at the Ruskin Museum, enjoy a trip on the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola, originally built in 1859, or take a walk up one of the many surrounding fells, there’s the Old Man of Coniston for the more experienced of walkers or for those who enjoy the occasional stroll take a walk around Tarn Hows.

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Visit Grasmere & Rydal

Visit this charming village in the heart of the Lake District, home to the Wordsworth Trust, St. Oswald’s Church (where you can find the grave of William Wordsworth) and, perhaps most importantly, The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. For the walking enthusiast Grasmere is surrounded by fells offering walks for the dedicated enthusiasts or a short stroll for those just wanting to enjoy the breath taking scenery.

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Visit Hawkshead

Take a walk through most of the streets of Hawkshead and you’ll notice one thing for certain; no cars! With plenty of cafes and gift shops this old fashioned village is a must see for any tourist.

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Visit Kendal

This historic market town has a fine reputation for shopping, giving shoppers a choice of independent traders and high street names. Visit on Wednesday or Saturday for Kendal’s Indoor and Outdoor Markets or visit the Lakes Outlet, K Village. Kendal boasts a castle, two museums and a host of historical buildings and bridges. So whatever your age or interest there is something to keep you entertained in Kendal.

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Visit The Langdales

A walker’s paradise! Whether it’s a walk you are after or just a picturesque drive, the Langdales are the place to go. Going to the top of one of the Langdale Pikes or just look at them from the comfort of your car, these views are not to be missed.

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