EXPLORE THE LAKE DISTRICT
EXPLORE THE LAKE DISTRICT
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ADVENTURES AWAIT, HERE IN THE LAKES

Nestled amidst the breath-taking landscapes of the Lake District, our hotel is not just a luxurious retreat but also the perfect starting point for exploring the myriad of things to do and places to see in our captivating region. Whether you’re drawn to the tranquil beauty of the lakes, the rugged charm of the fells, or the rich cultural heritage of the area, read on to unlock a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered. From iconic attractions to hidden gems, scenic walks to historic landmarks, let us guide you through the destinations on our doorstep.

TOWNS & VILLAGES

From the charming streets of Ambleside to the tranquil shores of Grasmere, our towns and villages have something for everyone. Delight in local delicacies at quaint tearooms, browse through artisanal shops for unique souvenirs, or immerse yourself in history with visits to ancient castles, churches and houses. They promise unforgettable experiences amidst their serene landscapes and welcoming communities.

At the northern end of Windermere is the popular market town of Ambleside, perfectly located in the heart of the national park surrounded by the majestic fells.

On the shore of England’s largest and most popular lake, you’ll find the honeypot of Bowness-on-Windermere with its plethora of activities, cafés, shops and more.

Cartmel, a charming village nestled in the rolling hills of South Lakeland, enchants visitors with its historic priory, gourmet delights, and idyllic surroundings.

A popular place for outdoor adventurers, Coniston is a great destination for climbers, walkers and those looking for activities on the water.

Grasmere captivates visitors with its its picturesque scenery, literary heritage, and the tranquil allure of its namesake lake – and of course its famed gingerbread.

The pretty little village of Hawkshead is located on the western side of Windermere and is famed for its connections to children’s author, Beatrix Potter.

Kendal, known as the ‘Gateway to the Lakes’, ‘The Auld Grey Town’ combines historic charm with vibrant culture, yet is only a stone’s throw aware from those lush hills.

A popular market town located in the northern lakes, Keswick is a buzzy destination with cafés, pubs, shops and more, right on the short of stunning Derwentwater.

Located just over a mile away from Bowness-on-Windermere at the top of the hill, is the lively town of Windermere with a wealth of amenities.

TRAILS & WALKS

The Lake District offers an array of trails and walks for all abilities. With over 3,100 kilometres of pathways, accessibility is easy from the region’s towns and villages. Notably, the famed 214 Wainwrights beckon, providing iconic peaks to conquer amidst the area’s stunning natural beauty. Whether seeking a leisurely stroll or a challenging ascent, unforgettable adventures await.

This easy walk from Bowness-on-Winderemere takes you out from the busy tourist town of Bowness and up towards Brant Fell, allowing a quiet respite from the bustle below with spectacular views of Windermere.

A short walk up to Gummer’s How in the Lake District offering wonderful views over Lake Windermere towards the Lakeland Fells.

To the north of Ambleside is an ancient packhorse bridge. High Sweden Bridge is thought to date from the late 1700s and crosses Scandale Beck on the route from the town to Patterdale. 

A short circular from Windermere to Orrest Head, which was Wainwright’s introduction to the Lake District.

You’ll visit a pretty little tarn, follow some peaceful woodland trails and enjoy fine views from the elevated position of the fell.

The West Windermere Way traces the rugged shores of Windermere and meanders among its quiet woodlands.

ATTRACTIONS

Here history comes alive through numerous captivating attractions. Wander through the storied halls of writers’ homes, where literary greats found inspiration amidst the scenic splendour, embark on leisurely cruises across the shimmering lakes or buckle up for a thrilling adrenaline fuelled adventure. From ancient Roman ruins to medieval castles, the region’s rich history and adventure unfolds around every corner.

Blackwell isn’t just a house: its a gallery showcasing works by some of the most renowned Arts & Crafts designers and studios.

Discover the world of John Ruskin at Brantwood, a historic house and vibrant centre for the arts on the shores of Coniston Water. 

A beautiful lakeside Arts & Crafts villa set in extensive grounds on the shores of Windermere.

Hill Top was Beatrix Potter’s most beloved place, packed full of her favourite things and left just as she wanted it for visitors to enjoy.

Share the magic of Honister and catch a  glimpse of their rich tapestry of history, adventure, and rugged beauty.

The Lake District hosts some of the UK’s most breathtaking scenery.  Mountain Goat Tours have been touring the Lake District fells since 1972.

The most popular tourist attraction in the Lake District, Windermere Lake Cruises sails every day except Christmas Day on England’s largest lake.

In 1799 William Wordsworth arrived in Grasmere, largely unknown and writing innovative poetry in a new style.  Discover the story of this remarkable time.

A Gothic Revival castle sitting on the west shore of Windermere providing an impressive backdrop of turrets, towers, informal grounds and miles of lakeshore paths.