Discover Bowness and Windermere

Bowness and Windermere are the perfect locations for a luxurious Lake District holiday.

The two neighbouring towns each have their own personality and charms, just waiting to be discovered.

Bowness nestles on the beautiful shores of Lake Windermere. Stretching ten miles long from Ambleside in the north to Newby Bridge in the south, this stunning lake is surrounded by breathtaking mountains.

There are so many different ways to take to the glassy waters – you can hire a rowing boat, dinghy or cruiser; give kayaking or windsurfing a go; or catch a steamer from the pier in Bowness Bay and take a tour of the secluded bays and wooded islands, including Belle Isle, with its gorgeously elegant round house.

A lakeside stroll is perfect for taking in the views at a more leisurely pace, and some of the best can be enjoyed from Cockshott Point.

Bowness is renowned for its sophisticated mix of fashion boutiques, coffee shops, exclusive dining, stylish cafes and bistros, offering dishes sourced from the Lake District’s larder of fine ingredients.

This bustling lakeside town is also home to The Old Laundry Theatre, where you can catch big names in music, comedy and theatre, as well as The World of Beatrix Potter, where famous characters like Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny come magically to life.

Movie fans can also watch the latest releases at The Royalty cinema, which oozes with retro charm.

Just a mile away from Bowness is the lovely, traditional town of Windermere, where visitors have been flocking since the completion of the railway in Victorian times. With its art galleries, cafes, traditional bakers and butchers shops, Windermere has managed to move with the times whilst keeping its bygone appeal. It is also home to Lakeland, the world-famous kitchenware store and its superb First Floor Café.

Last but not least, don’t leave Windermere without walking up Orrest Head. This short-ish uphill climb is the perfect introductory walk in the Lake District fells. It’s where guidebook author Alfred Wainwright first fell under the spell of the Lakes, and once at the top you can marvel at the most amazing panoramic view of lake and mountains – definitely one for the holiday album.

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