|A Windermere Cottage With A Touch Of Class!!|
|Windermere lake cruises|
Join the boat at Lakeside or Bowness, sail north to enjoy the magnificent mountain
scenery and lovely secluded bays before arriving at Ambleside, then take the traditional
launch service to Wray Castle ready to start your gentle stroll along the lake shore path to
Ferry House, where your third boat journey will take you to Bowness.
|Bowness and the Lake|
An easy stroll downhill will take you to Bowness Bay, a hive of activity with steamers and pleasure boats for hire, Windermere Lake is 12 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, and is the largest natural lake in England, and is fed by numerous rivers. The Romans built their fort of Galava its northern end (Waterhead), and it has always been an important waterway for movement of heavy materials.
Lyth Valley Away from the main towns and lakes there are hidden valleys to be discovered. From the picturesque Lyth Valley, a popular damson growing area with some fine country pubs for sampling the local damson beer, to the dramatic scenery of the Langdales with their craggy pikes and hidden tarns, a well-known haunt for walkers and rock climbers
The bustling village of Ambleside has many outdoor clothing shops and provides a good base for walking
|Lake District National Park|
Windermere cottage is located in the Lake District National Park,
The area covers a vast area,As well as the countless fells to be conquered, several famous walks dissect the area: the Cumbria Way, the Dales Way and the Coast to Coast. For more leisurely walks, there are numerous lakeside paths, some of which are ideal for pushchairs and wheelchairs, and panoramic views can be reached easily from the centre of charming villages.
The lakes supply a perfect venue for a multitude of Water Activities, from a gentle sail to a motor launch ride on Windermere or perhaps canoeing on one of the lakes or rivers.
For keen cyclists there is a network of cycle paths, bridleways, forest trails and quiet roads providing a diversity of cycling opportunities both for the novice and expert.
Our cottage is located in the town of Windermere which is situated in the heart of the Lakes with many attractions including launches on the Lake, 'The World of Beatrix Potter' exhibition and many shops, pubs and restaurants are all within easy walking distance with numerous walks on the fells from the door.
It offers an excellent base for all the popular pursuits in this premier Lake District location. For an enjoyable experience whatever your age, take a cruise on one of the Lakes. Combine this with a ride on a steam train or on an open top double-decker bus. All are very rewarding and an excellent way to see the surrounding countryside,Windermere town was established around 1850 and developed as a tourist area for wealthy factory and Mill owners from the Industrial North of the UK. With the arrival of the Railways around 1850, Windermere quickly grew into a lively bustling town. Today steeped with the traditions of the 19th Century, Windermere is now a bustling cosmopolitan environment with cafes, bars and excellent restaurants ( our cottage is 50 metres away) Not only is the cottage in the centre of the beautiful Lake District National Park which you can enjoy the beautiful scenery the area has to offer but also the attractions of The National Park Visitor Centre at Brockhole between Ambleside and Bowness, and Wray Castle almost opposite Brockhole, and the first Lake District holiday home of Beatrix Potter.
The natural splendour of the area has provided inspiration for great writers, poets, artists and craftsmen. Hill Top is where Beatrix Potter wrote her celebrated children's stories. The poet William Wordsworth spent many years in the village of Grasmere and his homes 'Dove Cottage', and in later years Rydal Mount, house has many memories of the great man.
Grizedale Forest, south west of Hawkshead, has marked trails for cycling as well as walking and orienteering.
|Trotters world of Animals|
An award winning wildlife park set amidst the picturesque Lakeland Fells which is home
to a wide range of animals from every corner of the world ranging from the critically
endangered to the more traditional favourites
|Aquarium of the Lakes, Windermere|
More than 30 spectacular naturally themed habitats show the diversity of life in the
Lakes.See Lakelands menacing Pike, eels, char and many more. Encounter playful otters
as they forage around in their specially designed woodland Home complete with
waterfalls and pools. Take a moment to watch them swirl and glide through the water.
Experience the nocturnal activity of bank voles, water voles, harvest mice and the much
maligned brown rat.
Coniston The old slate and copper mining village of Coniston, dominated by its mountain the 'Old Man', provided a home for John Ruskin, who lived at Brantwood on the lakeshore from 1872-1900. A visit to his house can be combined with a leisurely cruise on this quiet lake, a perfect way to view the magnificent fells.