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Things to Do in Windermere


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  • Pauline R
    3 contributions
    Wonderful short walk with the dogs and a great view at the top . Easy well established path . Slight incline to the top but definitely worth it.
    Written 4 October 2023
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  • DRRobbie89
    Leeds, UK11 contributions
    We’d always heard about the lake with it being the most famous one in the Lake District, but the beauty of it was outstanding
    We’re hoping to do a lake cruise whilst we’re here, but even getting a coffee and sitting watching is enough
    Written 12 February 2024
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  • Greg
    Gateshead, UK3 contributions
    Nice day out even when the weather wasn’t the best. Very beautiful grounds and affordable. Good day out for all the family.
    Written 15 February 2024
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  • Giles
    Culcheth, UK269 contributions
    There’s lots of places to go and things to do in the Lakes and this is up there with the best. An amazing building housing some fascinating boats with an accompanying history. And definitely try the cafe!
    Written 31 December 2023
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  • acs1984
    Cockermouth, UK1,649 contributions
    We came here in October primarily for our daughter to use the play facilities. There is plenty of prking spaces however the parking is chargeable. There was loads to do in the playground and she had a really good time. We also had a walk around the grounds which was nice. The only thing that spoiled it was I bought a coffee out of the kiosk near the playground and it was absolutely disgusting. Far too creamy and had a weird taste, almost like the milk was on the turn. Other than that, we had a fab day.
    Written 21 February 2024
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  • vackar16
    San Francisco26 contributions
    We loved our time with Stephen and his hawks. We learned a lot about the two Harris hawks and the Goshawk. Their personalities are fascinating and they are very intelligent birds. We were thrilled to fly the Harris hawk, Cassius. Stephen is very attuned to the birds. This was definitely a highlight of our month in Europe. It is an unusual experience and one I hope to have again!
    Written 22 October 2023
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  • Liz
    Warrington, UK21 contributions
    What a wonderful way to spend the day in the Lake District. Having limited artistic experience I was apprehensive, however I am over the moon with the canvas painting I produced under the talented and relaxed guidance of Tuline.

    It was what I imagined painting should be…..a labour of love but also a great way to relax and be creative.

    Located centrally in Windermere the studio is at the back of the shop displaying lots of Tuline’s wonderful paintings.

    We went as a group of four and this was perfect with our own pictures but you can also choose from many that are on offer.

    Really enjoyed the day and was very well looked after. The shop/studio had many visitors even for a cold February Sunday so she is definitely doing something right

    Thank you for an amazing day… comments from others in the group.

    “A fun and artistic day”

    “A great day spent where I get like a real artist”
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • places2seeplaces2go
    England, UK4,860 contributions
    Recent visit to The Lakes & stayed near to Lake Windermere so Windermere & Bowness were our local areas to shop.
    The High Street is busy (even though lockdown 2021 restrictions were just starting to ease.
    An eclectic mix of shops, including some interesting ones selling local products.
    Written 9 May 2021
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  • Paul220367
    Liverpool, UK47 contributions
    Fantastic hours pony trek with Katy the staff member who lead the pony trek. Katy was very friendly and patient. She lead us on a lovely hours pony trek through some amazing scenery in a valley. We even managed a few trots along the way which was such fun. Highly recommend this place if your in the lakes. It’s only a 15 minute car ride from Windermere.
    Written 28 July 2022
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  • Charlotte C
    2 contributions
    Myself and my 12 year old son cycled this from Whitehaven to Sunderland in 4 days, and what an adventure we had. We only have mountain bikes so we used these and they were fine. Ideally a gravel bike would be better, but if you’re not in a great hurry, a mountain bike is more than good enough. I put panniers on my bike and carried all the stuff. We didn’t need much so I just had one medium sized bag each side.

    We’re not great cyclists but we are reasonably fit so don’t be put off if you haven’t done lots of practice rides.

    Day one we went from Whitehaven to Keswick. We could have pushed on further to Penrith but we were relying on a lift to Whitehaven so not sure what time we would be setting off. Stopping at Keswick though is still a fair ride and a good first day to get into the swing of things. The first 10 miles is along a railway path so really flat. It then gets a bit hilly along B roads but nothing too challenging until you get to the Whinlatter pass leading into the forest. There was a minor detour here so you don’t actually go on the pass but that might have changed now. Once you’re into the forest though it’s fairly flat and we were able to make use of our mountain bikes. You can stay on the road though if you prefer. It is then a nice downhill into Braithwaite. We got slightly lost here, I don’t know if there is a sign missing or if we just missed it but we had to double back on ourselves. Overall though the route is well signposted. Although I had the Ordnance Survey app on my phone also to check we were on the right route. It’s then nice and easy into Keswick where we stayed at Denton House hostel. We could lock the bikes up here and as far as hostels go it was fine. Certainly no complaints.
    Day 1 was 34 miles, we set off about 11am and arrived about 4pm with lots of short breaks to take photos and have lunch and snacks.

    Day 2 was a Saturday for us so we did the ParkRun in Keswick which starts really close to the hostel and goes along the route also used for the C2C. Day 2 was a shorter ride into Penrith. It starts off on a railway path, which they have done a lot of work on recently so is really nice, and then onto B roads into Penrith which are fairly undulating. We stayed at Wayfarers hostel and what a find this was. Really clean and modern with nice comfortable beds, individual reading lights and USB chargers. There was also tea, coffee, milk and butter readily available, en-suite dorms and secure bike storage. Also a nice drying room and tools for our bikes if you need them. Definitely a great find.
    Day 2 was 25 miles and took us about 4.5 hours with plenty of stops.

    Day 3 was our long day and the one we were kind of dreading. We set off at 8 am and stopped after an hour to eat breakfast. It was mostly an undulating route along B roads with a couple of off road sections we were able to do with our mountain bikes. We then had the big Hartside Pass to do which is the only section on an A road. We did this on a Sunday in the middle of summer which wasn’t the best idea! Lots of motorbikes and fast cars. We were pleased when we made it to the top! There is only a coffee van at the top, no cafe anymore so be prepared for this. We were told this was the most difficult hill on the C2C but don’t be fooled, it’s not. There is a lovely downhill section after this but plenty more hills to come before we made it into Rookhope which is were we were staying. There is also not many places to stop for food along this section, most of the pubs and cafes have closed so again be prepared. There is a cafe at Nenthead which is where we got lunch but it closes at 4 on a Sunday and we didn’t arrive here until 3.30 so we were lucky. The hill before Nenthead from Garrigill we found to be the worst. After Nenthead there are another couple of big hills, then into Rookhope. Nenthead to Rookhope took about 1.5 hours.
    We stayed at Barrington Bunkhouse in Rookhope which was a real find. Val, the owner was great with us and really looked after us, she also arranged for someone in the village to make us pizzas as there is no village pub anymore.
    Day 3 was 41 miles and took us 9 hours.

    Day 4 was great. We had about a mile uphill out of Rookhope where we were grateful for our mountain bikes. If you’re on a different bike, maybe do an alternative route out of Rookhope. We then had about 40 miles downhill into Sunderland. Lovely after the hills the day before. All of it is on a cycle path and it was lovely for us to mostly ride side by side and chat. We stayed at the Roker hotel in Sunderland which is right on the seafront and again stored our bikes for us. The next day we were able to get the metro from Seaburn into Newcastle and the train home from there.

    A couple of things I would do differently-

    We didn’t have any fancy cycling gear but I did have a hi-vis jacket and my son had a h-vest, it was too hot for the jacket most of the time though and my son’s vest kept flapping around so I would invest in a couple of h-vis tops. We did have great lights on our bike which were a good investment as they made us feel safe on the roads.

    I also wouldn’t do Hartside Pass on a Sunday.

    We also had a couple of punctures which I can deal within the morning but after a long day of cycling I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to handle! Fixing a puncture also isn’t something I do often so I’m very slow at it. If you’re like me, make sure you know where the bike shops are. We were lucky and managed to get help. There’s also people who do rescues so it’s a good idea to have their details before you set off. There is a great shop in Nenthead who does rescues.

    Also be prepared for the lack of cafes and pubs along the way. Since COVID lots have closed.

    Overall we had a great time and we can’t wait for our next one. Good luck and happy cycling!

    Written 3 September 2023
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  • Jim M
    Sunderland, UK5 contributions
    Booked the ten lakes spectacular tour with the freindly staff at the centre.
    on pick up on a very cold Thursday we were greeted by our tour guide who was excellent and very informative. The mini bus was very comfortable and thankfully driven by our profesional driver. Thoroughly enjoyed the day and would recommend your trips to anyone who is visiting Windermere with a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside and not worrying about the driving and parking.
    thank you very much mountain goat.
    Written 10 March 2023
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  • Tyler R
    Edinburgh, UK4 contributions
    Gorgeous art by local artists, you must visit this place. Very good customer service and reasonable prices too.
    Written 15 April 2023
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