Lake Windermere – head out west for a land of new discovery

Bowness on Windermere is where the majority of people stay when visiting the area surrounding Lake Windermere. It is the largest settlement and has the biggest choice of facilities of any location on the edge of England’s largest natural lake.

But big and busy doesn’t float everyone’s boat (arghhh, sorry!!!), cross over the lake to the western shore and discover a whole new world. The western shore is the gateway to the places such as Hawkshead, Coniston and Near & Far Sawrey – the home of Beatrix Potter and accessibility couldn’t be easier. The Windermere Ferry operates 365 days a year from Ferry Nab at Bowness directly across the lake to Ferry House and accommodates pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and motor vehicles.

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The western shore not only has Hill Top, the home and gardens of Beatrix Potter but also woodland and fell walks, a distinctive slower pace of life with quieter roads and some excellent, off road cycle routes perfect for the whole family. This year the facilities have increased further with the renovation and conversion of part of the Claife Heights viewing station into “The Cafe in the Courtyard”. Only homemade and local produce is served and a great stop off before heading out further west operated by The Lakes Catering Company in conjunction with The National Trust.

Overnight accommodation and evening meals can be found at the Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn and B&B at Far Sawrey. The inn has an electric bike charging point, welcomes walkers and families and has a large car park. It makes a great base for exploring any one of the areas mentioned above and enables as car free a holiday as possible. Rooms from £77 per room B&B based on 2 sharing or family rooms from £140 B&B based on 2 adults and 2 children.