See Also - Windermere
Bowness And Windermere
The linked towns of Bowness and Windermere lie at the heart of the Lake District set by the shores of lake Windermere, and have been a huge attraction for visitors since Victorian times.
Windermere town lies furthest from the lake. It was here the railway came, bringing in visitors who all leapt of the train with buckets and spades, hampers and picnics, promptly rushing down to Bowness and the lake.
Recently Windermere has been given a face lift with an attractive pedestrian centre, where you will find plenty of shops along with good pubs and restaurants.
Leaving Windermere you run straight into Bowness. The town lies on the east shore of the lake, its main street climbing away from the bay up a steep hill.
The Bowness settlement dates back to the 11th century when the Vikings first set up shop. For years Bowness remained little more than a few cottages and fishermens huts, then came the 19th century, steam railway and the rest as they say is history.
Shopping - Dining - Entertainment
Today much of the action takes place down at the bottom end with shops, pubs and restaurants and the boat terminus. Here you can board one of the Steamers and cruise up and down the lake, calling at Ambleside in the north or Lakeside down at the southern tip.
For those who wish to take to the water under their own steam you can hire row boats or little electric powerboats. Along the bay, on the Glebe, is the Marina with lots of boaty shops for cleats, rollicks, diving and sailing gear, also a few bars and cafes overlooking the water.
As well as water activities there are a number of good attractions. The Windermere Steamboat Museum lies on the Rayrigg Road. Here you get a wonderful insight into a more genteel age of boating, and can book a trip on one of their fine restored steamboats. The Old Laundry is both a theatre and host to an exhibition dedicated to the characters of Beatrix Potter and is a great favourite with children. At the top end of the town is the Royalty Cinema.
South, on the Newby Bridge Road, is the newly restored Blackwell Arts & Crafts House. This perfect example of the Arts & Crafts movement also houses a fine gallery of modern art.
For shopping there is a mix of grocers, fashion stores, with Booths supermarket located in Windermere. For dining you will find a large selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants. Foe me the best by far is Jerichos in Windermere.
Out And About - Local Walks - Activities
Out And About - Local Walks - Activities The town is good to explore, a pleasing maze of little lanes in which you will find all of the cafes and shops, along with the post office, grand hotels and the oldest pub, The Hole Int’ Wall. The name comes from the days when ale was passed through a hole to the then adjoining blacksmith.
The church of St Martins is a handsome building and marks the area of the old part of Bowness. Head north toward Ambleside and you have the Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre, Here there are indoor exhibitions, the famous Thomas Mawson gardens and an exciting adventure playground ensures there is something for all the family, along with boat trips and hire rowing boats or canoes.
For local walks, apart from a stroll along the bay, the nearest bit of countryside starts from up at Windermere, where a path opposite the railway entrance leads up onto Orrest Head. Here you will get some of the finest views of the lake and Cumbrian Mountains - do take your camera. You can carry on and come down into the Troutbeck Valley, returning by lane to the village, or step that bit further and find the excellent Queens Head Inn in Troutbeck village.
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Wherever you choose to take your Lake District Holiday, nowhere is far away. The Cumbria National Park is quite a compact area, but with lots of variation crammed in. From gentle valleys, ancient woodland, our huge lakes which reflect the sky and landscape and of course the soaring mountains and craggy fells are all easy to explore, this along with a host of welcoming towns and villages.
If you need your holiday cottage to be near Bowness & Windermere we have a good selection of fine Lake District Cottages within easy reach. If you need any advice on the best choice of Self Catering Cottage for you, we all know our holiday cottages well and would be pleased to help find the most suitable.
Below is a selection of those Lake District Holiday Cottages nearest to Bowness & Windermere.
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2 Hodge Howe Cottages - Set near the shores of Lake Windermere with lakeside access, this is a super Cottage for 4 close to Bowness
The Mews - Capplerigg - One of our finest VB 3 Star Gold award Lake District Cottages, offering guests a very special romantic retreat in a quiet valley surrounded by fell.
Pengennett - Capplerigg - One of our finest 4 Star Gold Lake District Cottages, offering guests a very special romantic retreat in a quiet valley surrounded by fell.
Broad Oak - Possibly the finest house in the Lake District offering huge comfort for 8 guests
Bracken Howe - Bracken Howe. Five star town house sleeping 10 in Ambleside
The Nook -
The Bothy - This popular little cottage for 2 offers a romantic retreat set near to Windermere
Honey Pot Cottage - As one of the finest 5 Star Gold Lake District Holiday Cottages, Honey Pot offers its guests a very special holiday home for 4.
Mill End - This excellent 4 Star Lake District Cottage for 4 lies in the quiet and peaceful Lyth Valley.
Middle Bank - A popular retreat for couples or small families sleeping 4 set in the quiet Lyth Valley.
Nanny Goat Cottage - As one of the finest 5 Star Gold Lake District Holiday Cottages, Nanny Goat Cottage offers its guests a very special holiday home for 4.
Top Bank - A popular retreat for couples sleeping 2 set in the quiet and beautiful Lyth Valley.
Shepherds Nook - One of our most popular Lake District Cottages offering guests a special romantic retreat in a quiet valley surrounded by fell.
These are just a selection of our hand picked Lake District Cottages, to see our full range either use our search facility or take a leisurely look at our cottage browsers.
Bowness Tourist Information Centre
Bowness Bay, Bowness-on-Windermere,
Tel: +44 (0)15394 42895
Nissi Greek Restaurant
The Oriental Kitchen
Telephone 015394 45110
The Old Laundry Cafe
Rayrigg Road Bowness
Telephone 015394 88444
Pubs & Inns
Hole In't Wall
Low Side Bowness
Telephne 015394 43488
The Royal Oak Hotel
Branfell Road Bowness
Telephone 015394 32257
Ye Old John Peel Inn
Rayrigg Road Bowness
Telephone 015394 33382
Cinema & Theatre
Activities, Adventure & Visitor Centre
Museums & Galleries & Attractions
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Lake District News
Hill View - Book during March to stay at Hill View for any date in 2014 and Nigel, your host, will extend his offer of a complimentary bar drink to 10% off lunch or dinner at The White Hart during your stay.
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