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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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Tourist Information

Bowness Tourist Information Centre
Bowness Bay, Bowness-on-Windermere,
Tel: +44 (0)15394 42895
Email: bownesstic@lake-district.gov.uk
www.southlakeland.gov.uk

Lake District National ParK Website

Dining

Applegarth Villa Restaurant - Tel: 015394 43206
Porto Restaurant
The Postilion Restaurant
Amore Restaurant
Jerichos Windermere
Jintana That Restaurant
Fat Olives
The Old Laundry Theatre Bistro - Excellent day time dining
Storrs Hall Hotel
Miller Howe Hotel

Nissi Greek Restaurant
The Oriental Kitchen
Telephone 015394 45110

The Old Laundry Cafe
Rayrigg Road Bowness
Telephone 015394 88444

Pubs & Inns

The Angle Inn - Modern twist on an old inn
Ship Inn - Overlooking the Lake 

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

Local Stores 

Tesco Express
Co-Op
Richardsons Butcher
Booths Supermarket
Boots Chemist
Lakeland Limited - Creative Kitchen Ware

Cinema & Theatre

Royalty Cinema
The Old laundry Theatre

Activities, Adventure & Visitor Centre

Windermere Outdoor Adventure
Brockhole Visitor Centre
Kankku Off Road Driving 
Mountain Goat Tours

Museums & Galleries & Attractions

World of Beatrix Potter
Windermere Steamboat Museum
Blackwell Arts & Crafts House

Bike - Boat Hire - Boat Trips

Windermere Lake Cruises & Boat Hire
Winderemere Aquatics Boat Hire & Launching

Windermere

Windermere Railway Station

Booths Supermarket
Boots Chemist
Lakeland Limited - Creative Kitchen Ware

Jerichos Restaurant

Transport - Railway

Windermere Railway Station

 

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Windermere
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Kentmere - Kentmere Valley
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Starnthwaite - Near Crosthwaite
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Crosthwaite - The Lyth Valley
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Kentmere - Kentmere Valley
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Ambleside
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