The small town of Windermere lies about half a mile from the lake. It is home to our local train station, as well as a wide range of attractive shops, bars and restaurants.
Shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes abound. Bowness-on-Windermere is all about having a good time, whatever the weather. Bowness is home to the Beatrix Potter and Friends shop and the World of Peter Rabbit attraction, as well as being the starting point for trips out onto lake Windermere.
Some say visiting Hawkshead is like going back in time. This tiny and mostly car-free village is full of character, with narrow streets and bright white-washed cottages.
Sitting at the head of Coniston Water, Coniston is a large and attractive village offers everything you would expect from a place that makes its living looking after visitors. Good choice of pubs and restaurants.
This historic South Lakeland market town is for many the gateway to the Lake District. It has a fine reputation for shopping, and is a major hub for a variety of arts and cultural activities. The home of historic Kendal Castle and Catherine Parr, one of Henry’s wives, who is referenced around the town. And who can resist a little Kendal mint cake?
Situated at the head of Windermere, the foot of Kirkstone Pass and the gateway to the Langdales, Ambleside has the look and feel of a big Lake District town. A good nightlife, and the home of the Bridge House, possibly the most photographed building in the Lake District. This tiny building was originally an apple store and was built over Stock Beck to escape land tax.
A centre for walkers, with a short and pretty riverside walk along the banks of the Rothay. Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth, can be found in Grasmere, as well as lots of interesting shops and good places to eat and drink – not to mention the famous Gingerbread Shop!