The English Lake District may not conjure up images of seaside fun, but it is actually home to some of the most scenic spots by the sea, as well as some stunning lakeside towns and villages. If you are planning a trip to the Lake District, explore some of the coastal villages and towns, including:

Maryport

Henry Ismay founded the White Star Line, builders of the Titanic, and was born in Maryport in 1837. Once known as the most attractive harbour town in the UK, Maryport´s history is highlighted with a host of Roman, Georgian and Victorian industrial markings.

Visit the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport, the Maryport Maritime Museum with exhibitions about the Titanic and the Bounty, the Senhouse Roman Museum, the West Coast Indoor Karting track, and The Lakeland Heavy Horse Centre with stables, a demonstration centre and a pet´s corner for the kids.

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Whitehaven

Whitehaven was the first post-Renaissance planned town in Britain when Sir John Lowther began construction of the streets (he was inspired by Sir Christopher Wren's designs for the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of 1666). Streets were laid in a grid pattern with St Nicholas Church sitting in the middle. Unfortunately, the town´s prosperity declined due to the shallow waters of the Solway - this limited the size of ships that could enter the harbour. As the displacement of shipping continued, the deep water ports of Liverpool and Glasgow prospered at the expense of Whitehaven.

Today´s attractions in Whitehaven include: The Rum Story, a family-friendly museum, dedicated to the history of rum, The Haig Colliery Mining Museum, which was Cumbria´s last deep coal mine, The Beacon, which is Whitehaven´s museum, and documents the history and industry of the town, and Whitehaven Marine Adventures.

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Solway Firth

Travelling along the west coast takes you through many historic towns and villages. The Solway Coast is renowned for spectacular sunsets and provides a haven of peace for you to enjoy. The area is home to a wide range of bird life, rare plants and wildlife.

Silloth has a small population, and nestles on the shores of the Solway Firth, facing southern Galloway, with a backdrop of fells and open countryside. Silloth is known for its mild climate, its tranquil atmosphere and for its stunning sea views and sunsets. The Green is a 36 acre grassy area in the middle of town, which attracts thousands of visitors to this scenic spot.

Taking its name from Cistercian monks at Holme Cultram Abbey in Abbeytown, Silloth was named after the sea lathes in which grain was stored. The hamlet was painted by famous landscape artist, Turner, and is also situated on the Cumbria Coastal Way and the Cumbria Cycle Way.

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Now that spring has sprung and Easter is just around the corner, why not celebrate in style with a spa hotel break in Windermere?

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During your break in the Lake District, you will find a wealth of things to see and do. Outdoor pursuits include walking, cycling, horse riding and boating, while you can also find a wide range of museums, children´s attractions, interactive exhibitions and great cafés, bars and restaurants in Windermere.

The Lake District is the most visited National Park in England, and Cumbria offers visitors a wealth of stunning landscapes, beautiful lakes and a wide choice of attractions.

With a wider variety of scenery than any other area of its size in Britain, the Lake District is home to 16 major lakes, including England´s largest lake, Windermere. Towering above the lakes are some of England´s highest mountains, including Scafell, Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Skiddaw.

If you prefer to take it easy on holiday, you can take advantage of the full spa facilities on offer at the Aphrodite’s Lodge or stay in your suite and enjoy an aqua spa massage bath for two, watch TV on one of the large LCD screens or unwind in the steam room.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in the Lakes and whether you want to stay in your suite or enjoy a pampering session in the spa, you are guaranteed a luxurious stay in one of England´s most beautiful settings. Imagine a romantic weekend, a honeymoon or a special occasion in Windermere, with full spa facilities on site and private hot tubs, patios and saunas in your suite.

The real beauty of the Lake District is in its rugged and unspoilt countryside, surrounding Windermere, Kendal, Grasmere, Keswick and Coniston, and if you want to get away from it all, there is no better place to come. For culture vultures and lovers of the great outdoors, you can explore the region on foot, by car or by public transport, and it is well worth checking out the local events and festivals which take place throughout the year.

If you want to sample the finest Cumbrian fare, visit one of the local country inns, dotted temptingly around the region, or enjoy some home baked cakes and pastries in one of the many quaint cafés in Bowness and Windermere. Something of a foodie´s paradise, the Lake District boasts Michelin starred restaurants, gastro pubs and regular farmer´s markets where you can sample the delicious produce before you buy.

There is nothing better, after a hard day´s walking and exploring the lakes, than returning to the hotel to relax in the spa, enjoy a pampering session or soak away your aches and pains in the hot tub.

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful regions of England, and if you combine a visit with a range of relaxing spa treatments, you can return home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

If you are planning to explore the Lake District this spring, choose from a wide range of attractions and stunning places to visit near Windermere in this popular National Park.

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There is so much to see and do in Windermere, that you may find yourself deciding which attractions are top of your list, and work your way through them. Public transport links to and from Windermere are excellent, and the Mountain Goat Bus Service is worthy of note as it provides frequent transport, along with the ferry services to and from Bowness and Ambleside.

Ambleside, just 4 miles north of Windermere, is undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages in the Lakes, with its cobbled, steep streets, quaint pavement cafés and old world charm.

Some of the most popular Ambleside attractions include: Mountain Journeys, offering guided mountain activities, Windermere Lake Cruises and boat hire, Zefferelli´s Cinema and Restaurant, Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Hawkshead Trout Farm, Hill Top House, where Beatrix Potter lived and worked, and The Homes of Football, featuring the photographic art of Stuart Clark.

Grasmere, just 8 miles north of Windermere was described by William Wordsworth as: “The loveliest spot that man hath ever found.” Wordsworth fans can take a trip to Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Ambleside, and also tour Rydal Mount and Gardens, where the famous poet spent much of his working life, plus see Hawkshead Grammar School and rooms, where he first studied.

Founded in 1891, The Wordsworth Trust secured Dove Cottage ´for eternal possessions of all those who loved English poetry, all over the world.” Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District, The Wordsworth Museum tells the fascinating story of one of England´s finest poets, and his love of the Lake District.

Rydal Mount nestles between Lake Windermere, the Lake District fells and Rydal Water, and was Wordsworth´s favourite home between 1813 and 1850. Visitors can wander through the house, which is still owned by the descendants of the famous poet.

Kendal, which lies 7 miles to the east of Windermere, boasts plenty of great attractions to suit all tastes and budgets, including:

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, where visitors can enjoy works of art in this beautiful Georgian villa on the edge of the Lake District. The gallery also offers a range of educational activities, lectures and events, to keep the whole family entertained.

The Old Brewery Arts Centre is well worth a visit. The town´s first brewery was licensed in 1758, and its first owner was John Whitwell, whose family lived at 122, Highgate, Kendal. The brewery was taken over by Vaux Breweries of Sunderland in the late 1940´s, and produced the famous ´Auld Kendal´ beer. The last brew was produced between 13th and 16th September, 1968, and the Old Brewery Arts centre tells the story of beer making in this old Lake District town market town.

The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition and Tea Rooms is situated at the Friends Meeting House in Stramongate, Kendal, and attracts hundreds of visitors every month. The Quaker Tapestry consists of 77 panels of embroidery, and celebrates the ideas and experiences of the Quakers since this unique religious society began in 1652 in Swarthmoor Hall near Kendal.

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A stunning area of the Lake District National Park is Bowness-on-Windermere - seen as the jewel in the crown of the Lake District.

This thriving town is situated beside Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England, and offers visitors a wide range of things to see and do. In addition to boasting some of the best spa hotels in the Lake District, Bowness-on-Windermere is home to hundreds of quirky shops, restaurants, country pubs and some excellent cultural and historical attractions. If you are planning a trip to the Lake District for the first time, or you are looking for a weekend break or a late deal in the region, check out Bowness spa hotels.

The views from Bowness across Lake Windermere and over to the mountains are some of the best in the Lake District, and the wide range of things to see and do is endless.

Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy golf, walking, hiking, climbing, water-skiing and sailing, or simply cruising down the lake on one of the authentic steam boats. If you prefer to take things a little bit easier, visit the 15th Century church of St Martin´s, which is situated in a beautiful part of the town.

Bowness is popular with all ages as there is so much to do, and the focus is firmly put on the lakeshore of Bowness Bay. Here you can hire a rowing boat, sail on the steamer or enjoy a leisurely stroll around Lake Windermere, which is also the longest (nearly 11 miles) and deepest lake in England at 67 metres.

Elsewhere in Bowness you will find the World of Beatrix Potter, which provides a great day out for the kids. This is a magical recreation of Beatrix Potter´s books, where you can meet Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and all the characters from her famous stories.

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Bowness is busy most of the year, and is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere. The town is Cumbria´s most popular destination, so if you prefer a quieter time on holiday, it is best to visit out of season. Lake Windermere is the best waterway in the region for water sports, swimming and yachting, and it is the only lake in the Lake District which has no speed restriction for water traffic. Boat builders and fishermen can be seen at work on the shoreline, and there are plenty of cafés, room to stop at and buy refreshments.

The history of Bowness-on-Windermere

The Romans and the Vikings once laid claim to Bowness, and it was the Vikings who gave the name ´Bull Ness´ to the town originally. The name changed to Bowness over the years, and it remained a small fishing village until 1847, when the railroad was introduced. Bowness then grew quickly, and hotels began to spring up to accommodate the tourists. Wealthy industrialists built mansions, which later became hotels, and Bowness was planted firmly on the wealthy tourist´s map.

For many years, barges unloaded gravel dredged from the bed of Lake Windermere, where the Steamboat Museum is now situated. Here you can see an impressive collection of Victorian and Edwardian steamboats and motorboats, including the 1850 SL Dolly, which is the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world. The boat lay on the bed of the lake for 67 years before it was salvaged and restored to its former glory.

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Today boats from Bowness stop at Ambleside and Lakeside and make circle tours of the lake. A steam launch can also be rented for tours of the lake.

Windermere is blessed with countless attractive, interesting and desirable places to visit.

Visiting Windermere is like a breath of fresh air.

Manson’s Arms

Located three miles east near Bowlands Bridge, the local secret is just waiting for you at Manson’s Arms. The flagstones, the rafters and the cast-iron range are as pristine as they were years ago and the patio offers views worth dying for. The gastronomy is world famous with scrumptious Cumbrian stew and slow-roasted Cartmel lamb. You can always book lovely rooms and cottages to enjoy the stunning views.

Blackwell House

Situated in the south of Bowness on the B5360, Blackwell House sets a fine example of championed handmade goods and craftsmanship. Light, wood panelling, airy rooms, stained glass and bespoke craftwork truly describe the magnificence of the café.

Windermere and the Islands

Derived its name from the Old Norse, Vinandr mere- the lake is a mile wide with a maximum depth of about 220m. The lakebed belongs to the people of Windermere while the lake shoreline is owned by the National Trust, the National Park Authority and some private landowners. It includes 18 islands- Belle Isle being the largest one and Maiden Holme the smallest one. Why Not book a spa hotel in Windermere and make the most of your trip to the Lakes?

Wray Castle

Surrounded with its turrets and battlements, this impressive mock-gothic castle was built in 1840. It is now owned by the National Trust. The lakeside grounds are glorious making it a lovely place for a day out. There is limited parking space. Early birds will always have advantage over late comers. The ideal way to reach is by boat from Bowness.

Lakes Aquarium

Situated at the southern end of the lake near Newby Bridge, this aquarium is the home of a wide range of underwater habitats including pike, char, perch, eels and many more. Come face to face with mammals such as piranha, marmosets and caiman. Walk through the lovely underwater tunnel to understand the marine life.

Hooked

When you think of what to eat in Windermere, you might not consider having seafood in the first instance but Paul White’s classy fish restaurant attracts thousands of visitors. Though it is small but you are recommended to reserve a table if you don’t want to get disappointed.

Fell Foot Park

Situated at the southern end of Windermere, this 7 hectare lakeside estate was earlier owned by manor house but now it belongs to the National Trust. Its massive grounds, shoreline paths and grassy lawns are perfect for a fun-filled picnic. You can explore better by hiring the rowing boats. There is a small café offering snacks to re-energize you.

World of Beatrix Potter

This themed attraction is completely inspired by the Beatrix Potter’s books encompassing Peter rabbit’s garden, Jemima Puddle-Duck's glade and Mrs Tiggywinkle's kitchen. A theatre show named Where is Peter Rabbit? has been recently added. It features characters and puppets from the stories. The attraction is aimed at kids but you can also relive your childhood memories.

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Luxury spa hotels in Windermere provide perfect accommodation for people who want to ‘get away from it all’ and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Lakes.

Perfect for a honeymoon, a wedding or to celebrate a special occasion in style, spa hotels in Windermere are busy all year round. The local scenery and attractions keep visitors coming back for more.

Imagine chilling out in a hot tub room at your hotel in Windermere after spending a day outdoors exploring the Lakes. Windermere is the largest lake in England, at 10.5 miles in length, and is officially a ´mere´.

Windermere offers a host of attractions and things to see and do around its shores and whatever time of year you decide to visit a spa hotel or hot tub hotel, you will find plenty of attractions nearby. Visitors can enjoy a boat trip across the lake, sailing, rowing boat hire and a wide choice of annual events around Windermere, including the Great North Swim, traditionally held in June/July.

Spa hotel guests in Bowness who can drag themselves away from their hot tub suite, can enjoy farmers markets, local fairs, sporting activities such as horse riding, hiking and walking, plus a choice of restaurants and pubs in the Lake District.

Hotel rooms with hot tubs in Bowness allow visitors to spend a day outdoors, exploring the fells and countryside of Windermere, followed by a relaxing soak in their own hot tub, or spa bath.

Hot tub hotels in the Lake District offer a range of great facilities, including personal hot tubs, jacuzzi baths, luxurious bathrooms, top of the range toiletries and sumptuous king sized beds. The advantage of booking a hotel with jacuzzi baths and hot tubs in Windermere is that you don´t have to move far from your hotel if you are planning a romantic weekend or midweek break, and you can enjoy all the hotel´s facilities. Hot tub hotels in Bowness are perfectly located so that guests can enjoy local shops, bars and restaurants without having to travel far.

Some of the most popular Lake District attractions include: The Beatrix Potter Attraction, the Lakes Aquarium and Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House. Dove Cottage is situated nearby in Grasmere, which was once the home of famous local poet, William Wordsworth. Boat trips can be booked from Bowness Bay, where visitors can hop on and off at places of interest.

Modern spa hotels and hot tub hotels in the Lake District offer every luxury including flat screen TV´s, hot tubs, log burning stoves, large jacuzzi baths and often the use of on-site spa facilities.

Visitors who enjoy local country pubs, a choice of accommodation and restaurants will be spoilt for choice in Windermere, where some of the region´s most famous inns are situated. Enjoy a pint or two of real ale and some delicious local Cumbrian food at reasonable prices.

Whether you are planning a walking holiday, a romantic break or simply a few days away from the hustle and bustle in Windermere, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to stay.

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The Lake District is famous for being home to famous poets and writers, including William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, who were inspired by the breath-taking local scenery.

The Lake District is also a great place for outdoor activities, including climbing, hiking, sailing and walking.

Enjoy a boat trip across Windermere and see some of the stunning landscapes which first attracted the Victorians to the lakes over 200 years ago. Early tourists from all parts of England believed the lakes and the clear mountain air to be beneficial to their health.

A Windermere Lake Cruise from Bowness will also drop you off at the Lakes Aquarium which has won several awards for its entertaining and educational tours.

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For more information about the history of the Lake District, take a trip to Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre in Bowness and enjoy the stunning gardens.

Nearby Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House, boasts stunning architecture and artefacts dating back centuries.

No weekend in the Lakes would be complete without a trip to Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth´s former home in Grasmere. Situated just eight miles from Windermere, Dove Cottage is open to the public and offers an insight into the life and times of the great poet who resided in the Lake District for most of his life.

Windermere and Bowness are home to some of the Lake District´s best pubs, cafés and restaurants. Real ale fans will be spoilt for choice in Windermere, and whether you are looking for fine dining, a lunch time snack or local Cumbrian cuisine, you will find it all within easy reach of the lake.

Lovers of the great outdoors should head for Helvellyn, Scafell or Skiddaw which offers climbs and hikes of varying difficulty. Enjoy a walk through the Borrowdale valley or go boating at Derwent Water or Ullswater.

A weekend in the Lake District may not be enough time to explore everything, but some of the most famous landmarks, accessible by public transport or Mountain Goat Tours, include: Hardknott Roman Fort, the Furness Abbey, the Castlerigg Stone Circle, or the historical tunnels of the Honister Slate Mine. For amazing views and lavish nature, go for a walk at the Great Langdale, admire the valley of Borrowdale, or visit Tarn Hows, which is often claimed to be the most beautiful spot of the Lakes.

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The Lake District in England offers beautiful scenery, majestic mountains, stunning lakes and some of the best spa hotels in Windermere.

Windermere

Windermere is without doubt the pearl of the Lake District, and is the longest lake in England at 10.5 miles. You are spoilt for choice with the vast amount of accommodation available in Windermere, and you can choose from elegant boutique hotels and Rose Cottage/Alhama de Granada, Granada Province hot tub hotels in Windermere and Bowness. Windermere is a magnet for tourists and the surrounding area offers visitors a wide range of attractions and great things to do for the family. You can also find the perfect hotels in Windermere for romantic breaks, and late deals. Take a cruise down Windermere, or visit the house of Beatrix Potter. Brockholes Visitor centre is also worth a visit, along with Bowness, Newby Bridge, Scafell, Ambleside, Grasmere and Forest Park. The Blackwell Arts and Crafts Centre is also within easy reach. Visit the Old Man of Windermere at Dow Crag if you enjoy walking and hiking.

Crummock Water

Crummock Water is situated in the north-west of the Lake District, and there are plenty of things to see and do in the area. Whatever floats your boat you will find it at Crummock Water, and you can enjoy a lakeside walk, a trek around the fells, including Pillar, High Stile and Red Pike to the west and Grasmoor to the north, and Robinson and Dale to the east. Often overlooked by its sister lake, Buttermere, Crummock Water offers unparalleled views from both sides, and is 2.5 miles long and ¾ of a mile wide. This rocky bottomed lake is flanked by steep slate sides. Accomodation around Crummock Water can be found easily online or at the Lake District Tourist Board.

Hayeswater

Hayeswater is situated in the dale of Patterdale, and offers visitors a great range of holiday accommodation and hotel breaks in the Lake District. Hayeswater is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England, and you can hire a mountain bike or walk around the nearby Ullswater Lake. Take a trip to Glenridding and sail down the river on one of the old steamers or book to stay in a themed hotel in Windermere. Hayeswater also offers some great hill walks, and to the left of the town is Place Fell and the old Roman road of High Street.

Loweswater

Loweswater is one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District, and for that reason doesn´t attract hordes of tourists. The area around Loweswater is picturesque and unspoilt and the area is much quieter than most of the lakes in the area. You can find plenty of things to do in Loweswater if you are taking a break in the Lake District or enjoying a day out. Loweswater Lake is owned by the National Trust, and there is also a lakeside path to walk around.

Ennerdale

Situated in the north-west of the Lake District, Ennerdale is close to the stunning coastal town of Whitehaven. Ennerdale Water is the most westerly of the lakes, and due to its inaccessibility, is also one of the remotest. Traditionally, the village is part of the Coast to Coast long distance walk across England, and a good range of holiday accommodation can be found nearby.

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Markets have always been a major attraction of the Lake District and have continued to be an integral part of life in the Lakes towns, including Keswick, Windermere and Coniston. There are many famous markets in the Lake District and Cumbria so that you can easily plan your day out:

Ambleside, South Lakes

You may not find massive shopping malls in the Lake District, filled with designer wear and high-street retailers but the picturesque little market towns have their own charm. Catering for all tastes and needs, villages in the Lake District have many small shops, hidden side-streets and local markets where you can experience real authentic shopping. Don’t forget to feast on the scrumptious specialty dishes including gingerbread from Grasmere, Cumberland sausages and Kendal mint cake.

The world-famous Hayes Garden World located in Ambleside is the place to go for everything you might need for your garden such as soils, shrubs, trees, sheds, flowers and chippings. If you are planning a stay in the Lakes, luxury Windermere spa hotelsoffer stunning facilities surrounded by picturesque scenery.

Kendal, South Lakes

The prime shopping hub is Kendal and Windermere in the southern area of the Lakes. With the mix of factory outlets, speciality shops and traditional markets, Kendal is the place not to miss if you are a shopaholic. Westmorland Shopping Centre houses popular retailers’ showrooms; independent shops and an indoor market all under one roof.

Kendal indoor market is truly a delight to visit. Imagine, experiencing this part of the Lake District and bringing home some traditional local delicacies. This colourful bustling market was started in 1886 offering a wide variety of goods. The uniqueness of the market is its ever-changing stalls so it is worth visiting. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, discover new ingredients, try out the specialty dishes and negotiate with market sellers. The market was completely refurbished from an open area to permanent lockable units in 1988. The area is open six days a week.

Keswick

Away from the hustle bustle of the main high street, Keswick in the northern lakes offers you fantastic choice of craft shops, wool clothing stores, outdoor shops and bookstores. There are many great places to explore, buy local quality produce and enjoy value for money.

Ulverston Indoor market

This colourful bustling market needs no introduction if you are looking for unique gifts, including home-made food, hand crafted bags, jewellery, clothing, and shoes to farm goods and machinery, you will find a diverse range of products.

Barrow market

This is one of the largest markets in the Lakes which has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for fresh locally produced goods, jewellery, bags, flowers, clothing, accessories, domestic appliances, electrical goods, household items, cosmetics, food or souvenirs, you will find everything here. One of the largest markets in Cumbria, Barrow indoor market boasts over 60 independent stalls.

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Whether you are an enthusiastic walker or you simply enjoy a stroll around the water’s edge, the Lake District offers a choice of stunning walks for all ages and levels of fitness.

Some of the best include:

Ash Landing and Claife Heights in Windermere

For the slightly hardier souls, this 7.5 mile walk begins at the car park at Ash Landing. If you are staying in Windermere you are right in the heart of the lakes and there is plenty of accommodation, attractions and shops nearby. This walk boasts incredible views, which first attracted Victorian tourists to the area. Claife Heights appeared in one of the first guide books about the lakes by Thomas West in 1778. A viewing station gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the sights through coloured glass.

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This 1.6 mile walk starts at Tom Gill Car Park at Glen Mary Bridge and offers one of the most famous views of the Lake District. The path around the fell top tarn has been made accessible for buggies and mobility scooters, attracting walkers of all ages and levels of fitness. Slightly more challenging is the short steep approach to the tarn past Tom Gill Beck. Amazing views on a clear day over the fells.

Buttermere to Rannerdale

This 3 mile walk passes one of the most photographed sites in the Lake District, the trees known as the Sentinels at the southern end of Buttermere. Enjoy the pebbly beach of Crummock Water and Scale Force, which is the highest falls in the Lake District. There are plenty of easy walks around Buttermere but if you fancy more of a challenge go to Rannerdale Knotts, where the bluebells bloom every Spring.

Ambleside to Troutbeck

This walk is almost 6 miles long and starts at Market Cross in Ambleside. Keep a look out for the tallest tree in Cumbria en route, at almost 58 metres in height. If you visit between April and June, take a look round Stagshaw Gardens with an incredible display of flora and fauna. Ambleside also offers a wide choice of places to visit, from museums to quirky shops and cafés.

Friar´s Crag, Keswick

Starting at Lakeside Car Park this three quarter of a mile trek is said to be one of the most beautiful scenes in Europe. Friar´s Crag juts out into Derwentwater towards Derwent Isle. Memorials to John Ruskin and Canon Rawsley can be found near the lakeside, and this is also a great spot for stargazing at night.

Corpse Road, Loweswater

At just 3.6 miles long, and starting at Maggie´s Bridge Car Park the Corpse Road walk, so called after the road was used to transport the dead from the neighbouring villages to local burial grounds. Despite the name of the Walk, the area around Loweswater offers beautiful countryside, and Holme Force Falls are well worth seeing.

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The Lake District is not only famous for its beautiful lakes and breath-taking scenery but also for its romantic poets who lived and worked in this scenic part of England.

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The Lake District is made up of breath-taking terrains, crystal clear glaciers and serene bodies of water, thought to be the inspiration for many of the most famous works of William Wordsworth, his sister, Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey.

The rugged and wildly beautiful terrains which offer a stunning backdrop to the lakes helped escalate the popularity of the famous poets who lived here.

The history of poetry in the English Lake District dates back two centuries when men and women were driven to immortalize their expressions through words.

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These poets created their own style which came to be known as the Romantic Movement. Their style of poetry conveys the basic philosophy that humans can draw strength from nature. While they are championing nature, they have also presented a beautiful picture of the Lake District as evident in William Wordsworth’s “Daffodils” - better known for its line: “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.”

Wordsworth found inspiration from local sights and along with his sister Dorothy, would spend hours walking through the Cumbrian countryside. Wordsworth’s most famous poem is “The Prelude” which is believed to be an account of his early years. The title of this poem was given after he died and it was previously revised by Wordsworth numerous times.

His sister Dorothy wrote mostly short stories, letters and diary entries and she never sought to be an author. Robert Southey was England’s poet laureate from 1813 to 1843 and he is also known as a biographer. Southey is responsible for writing the biographies of writer John Bunyan, naval officer Horatio Nelson, political leader Oliver Cromwell, and theologian John Wesley.

Coleridge is known for poems such as The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of the famous poets of the Lake District by visiting the places they used to live and the Lakes which inspired them. Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount were former homes of William Wordsworth and are now open to the public. Most of Wordsworth´s manuscripts can be viewed at the Jerwood Centre.

The churchyard at St. Oswald’s in Grasmere is the final resting place of William Wordsworth and his wife, Mary.

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England’s largest lake and its surrounding area offer a whole new world waiting to be explored.

The area is loaded with countless things to do. Get on the water, cruise on the tranquil lakes, walk on the breath-taking routes, try cycling, witness mind-blowing events and be ready for the breath-taking views.

Pack your bags if you are planning to visit the stunning Lake District National Park and book into a Windermere spa hotel to make the most of your stay.

If you are visiting Windermere for short period of time, make the most of your trip by visiting:

Wray Castle

This outstanding mock-Gothic castle on the shores of Lake Windermere boasts informal grounds, towers, turrets and even the Peter Rabbit Adventure. It is not like any other traditional National Trust house, most of the rooms are empty and you are free to roam around and explore behind the scenes and picnic on the lawns. It is truly a magical attraction where the whole family can join in the fun. Wray castle is a must-visit spot, irrespective of weather.

Lake District Visitor Centre, Brockhole

Visiting the Lake District Visitor Centre is a great place to start your Lake District adventure. You will find plenty of interesting information and also enjoy mountain and lake views. Soar through the sky on a treetop adventure, book mini golf, hire a boat, relax in the café, feast on the best local food, explore gardens and above all know the real meaning of fun. Refer to the Brockhole events calendar for information on many exciting events taking place all year around. We advise you to arrive by ferry or on foot or bike as the car park is expensive.

Fell Foot Park, Lakeside

Fell Foot Park combines some of the best Lakes attractions including the steam railway, motor museum and aquarium, the southern end of the lake, famously known as Lakeside is an ideal destination for a wonderful day-out. Take a ferry from here to Fell Foot Park, where picturesque gardens and lawns greet you. Enjoy a boat ride or a picnic at the water’s edge.

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House

Dotted with a vast range of grand houses, former private homes for wealthy Victorian industrialists and fancy lakeside eateries, Bowness is one of the most attractive places to stay in the Lakes.

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Blackwell- is open to public. It is the work of renowned Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott offering terrace café, art exhibitions and daily house tours that are well-worth booking.

Bowness/Ambleside

A busy lakeside village where wandering tourists, cruises, ferry boats and rapacious ducks are in abundance. Stroll along the water’s edge and relax in one of the many vibrant restaurants and bars. Nearby Ambleside is also worth a visit with a wide choice of cafes, a waterfall walk, shops to buy outdoor gear and a plenty to explore.

If you are planning to explore the Lake District, why not base yourself in a Windermere spa hotel with hot tub suites to make the most of your stay?

Spa hotels in Windermere provide perfect accommodation for romantic weekends and special occasions, including birthdays and anniversaries in the Lake District.





Hot tubs rooms and suites are the perfect places to stay for visitors who want to spend a romantic holiday in Windermere, a honeymoon, a wedding or celebrate a special occasion in style. More hot tub and spa hotels are booked in Windermere and Bowness than in any other part of the Lake District, and the local scenery and attractions keep visitors coming back for more.





Imagine chilling out in a hot tub room at your hotel in Windermere after spending a day outdoors exploring the lake. Windermere is the largest lake in England, at 10.5 miles in length, and is officially a ´mere´.

Windermere offers a host of attractions and things to see and do around its shores and whatever time of year you decide to visit a spa hotel or hot tub hotel, you will find plenty of attractions nearby. Visitors can enjoy a boat trip across the lake, sailing, rowing boat hire and a wide choice of annual events around Windermere, including the Great North Swim, traditionally held in June/July.





Spa hotel guests in Bowness who can drag themselves away from their luxurious suite with personal hot tub, can enjoy farmers markets, local fairs, sporting activities such as horse riding, hiking and walking, plus a choice of outdoor activities, including boat trips, walking, hiking, and the best choice of restaurants and pubs in the Lake District.

Hotel rooms with hot tubs in Bowness allow visitors to spend a day outdoors, exploring the fells and countryside of Windermere, followed by a relaxing soak in their own hot tub, or spa bath, or jacuzzi bath for two.





Hot tub hotels in the Lake District offer a range of great facilities, including personal hot tubs, jacuzzi baths, luxurious bathrooms, top of the range toiletries and sumptuous king sized beds. The advantage of booking a hotel with hot tubs in Windermere is that you don´t have to move far from your hotel if you are planning a romantic weekend or midweek break, and you can enjoy all the hotel´s facilities. Hot tub hotels in Bowness are perfectly located so that guests can enjoy local shops, bars and restaurants without having to travel far.





Windermere is a wonderful place to relax and watch the world go by. Whether visitors want to throw themselves into a range of adventure sports and outdoor activities or relax in their hot tub, surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in England, they will not be disappointed if they book a hot tub hotel.

Windermere and Bowness are famous for their hot tub hotels and spa hotels and many offer luxury suites with open fires, personal hot tubs and stylish decór, plus wide screen TV´s, personal hot tubs and much more to entice visitors to the region.





Some of the most popular Lake District attractions include: The Beatrix Potter Attraction, the Lakes Aquarium and Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House. Dove Cottage is situated nearby in Grasmere, which was once the home of famous local poet, William Wordsworth. Boat trips can be booked from Bowness Bay, where visitors can hop on and off at places of interest.





Windermere boat trips are arranged during the spring and summer months to include dinner, and talks by informative Lake District rangers, who can answer all your questions about the Lake and the history of the region.

The weather may not be tropical in Windermere, but a warm welcome is always guaranteed, and whatever time of year you decide to visit, book a spa hotel or a hot tub hotel in Bowness and make the most of your time in the Lakes.

You may not typically associate the Lake District with winter walks across the fells, but if you enjoy a challenge and want to avoid the summer crowds, winter is a perfect time to visit.

Some of the best winter walks, assuming the weather is dry, include:

Wansfell Pike

This 6 mile walk takes around 4 hours and is of moderate grade. Most people start to explore the Lake District from the southern region, and Ambleside is a great place to start. This fun hike includes the waterfalls of Stock Ghyll Force, Troutbeck and Wansfell Pike, and you can also enjoy beautiful views of Lake Windermere from Jenkin´s Crag.

Grasmere Loop and the Old Coffin Trail

Grasmere is one of the most popular regions of the Lake District, and this easy walk is 3.5 miles and takes approximately 2 hours. This is a popular lakeside trail which follows the shores of Grasmere and Rydal Water, then loops back behind Rydal Mount to St Oswald´s Church.

Skiddaw

This difficult ascent involves a long trek to the top of Skiddaw, which is 3,054ft high, and dominates Keswick´s northern skyline. Although the tracks are clearly defined and the drops not too sheer, this is still a challenging hike. The walk is around 8 miles and will take approximately 4 to 5 hours.

Buttermere

This easy walk around Buttermere is 5 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. Lake Buttermere is situated in the north-western area of the Lake District, and offers a peaceful, easy walking route amid some of the most stunning scenery in the region.

Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, and every year thousands of walkers conquer this challenging peak. The climb is about 7 miles and will take approximately 5 hours, but only attempt it if you are fit and properly equipped as this is a steep climb.

Ullswater and Place Fell

This moderate walk offers a great way to see Ullswater, and the route aims to escape the crowds who flock to this area in summer. You need to be reasonably fit to attempt the walk, as it is 9.5 miles in length, and explores the quieter region around Place Fell and Patterdale. You can also combine your walk with an Ullswater Steamer trip, and enjoy the views from the water.

Winter in Lakeland offers stunning scenery, lake side attractions, bars, restaurants and cafes, plus a wide choice of walks, ranging from easy to challenging. Make the most of your stay and arrange your itinerary before you travel. Find places to visit from a choice of visitor information centres around Windermere and other major towns.

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You may not expect to find Anacondas and Zebras in England’s Lake District, but a trip to the Lake District Wildlife Park will introduce you to some of the world’s most iconic animal species.

Why not book into a Windermere spa hotel and enjoy the southern Lakes before travelling the 20 miles to Keswick for the Lake District Wildlife Park?

Enjoy intimate and unique animal encounter experiences, see an eclectic mix of more than 100 species and roam around a stunning 24 acre parkland in one of England’s most beautiful regions. Find yourself on an exciting animal adventure as you journey into one of Cumbria’s most famous attractions - the Lake District Wildlife Park.

Some of the animal species at the park include:

Lar Gibbon

You will fall in love with the oldest Lar Gibbon in Europe. Hear these fascinating creatures singing while sitting on the top branches of an oak tree. The Lar Gibbon are caramel in colour. Witness these notorious creatures swinging on trees and munching leaves and nuts.

Northern Eurasian Lynx

Meet the European Lynx brothers- Elva and Cai. Though they are native to Russia, Western Europe and Central Asia, they are also found in European and Siberian forests. The Lynx are carnivores and eat deer, sheep and other smaller animals within their natural habitat.

Grants Zebra

Visit this perfect place to get close to the one of the most loving animals on the planet. Come and meet Whinny and family. They have an excellent sense of smell with sharp eye sight. They are great runners so you will be lucky to catch a ‘close-up’ glimpse.

Boa Constrictor

Meet beauty and the beast- a pair of Boa’s who are 14 years old. They are among the largest snakes in the reptile house. Their favourite food includes monkeys, large birds and rats. They have a slow metabolic rate so after feeding they may not eat again for days.

Mandrill

These are the world’s largest monkeys and love to stay in a group of females and youngsters. The male members can be distinguished easily as they have more a more colourful face and bottom. Get a chance to meet colourful Harley and his family at the Lake District Wildlife Park.

Asian Short Clawed Otter

Meet these small and noisy creatures - Amber and Sacre. There are twelve different species of otter in the world but this category is the smallest of all. Even being the smallest, their presence is conspicuous around the park during feeding time.

Meerkats

Grab a wonderful chance to meet Dave and Judy and their expanding family. They are the small creatures of the Mongoose family with a life span of 12-14 years. Due to the fame of the TV programme Meerkat Manor, Meerkats have become more popular among visitors.

American Bald Eagle

Join the hawk walk with Bill- the bald eagle. It has been named after former American President Bill Clinton. These outstanding birds have a white head and white tail and with a maximum weight of 5kg.

Although the Lake District Wildlife Park is situated at Bassenthwaite, Keswick, why not stay in a Windermere spa hotel?

The beauty of staying at the Windermere Boutique Spa Suites is the location, and you won´t need a car to explore the best Windermere attractions, walks and boat trips on the doorstep.

Top things to do within easy access of the Windermere Boutique Spa Suites include:

Windermere Lake Cruises – Make the most of England´s longest lake, and explore Windermere by boat. A combined ticket includes a boat trip to Lakeside, a trip to the Haverthwaite Steam Railway, entrance to the Aquarium of the Lakes and return trip by boat to Bowness.

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction – One of the most visited attractions in the Lake District, the World of Beatrix Potter is situated in Bowness. Re-creating the famous children´s stories, including the Tale of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, this fun attraction is a great place to bring the kids!

Aquarium of the Lakes by Boat – Situated on the southern shore of Windermere, the award-winning Lakes Aquarium is popular with visitors of all ages, and you can enjoy a re-created trip below Windermere, the Seashore Discovery Zone, the Virtual Dive Bell, the Over Lake Tank and much more.

Windermere Steamboat Museum – Highlights of the museum include: The S.L Dolly, 1850, which was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest mechanically-powered boat in the world, Miss Windermere IV, 1958, built from mahogany by Borwicks of Windermere, T.S.S.Y Esperance, 1869, which is the oldest boat on the Lloyd´s Yaht Register and was probably the first twin-screw yacht to be built in Britain, and Canfly, 1922, which was built in Bowness and made use of a Rolls Royce engine designed to power a Royal Naval Airship.

Wray Castle – Take a boat to the other side of Windermere, followed by a gentle 4.5 mile walk to the castle. Owned by the National Trust, the gardens of Wray Castle are open to the public, and are well worth a visit. There is even a Mulberry tree in the grounds, planted by William Wordsworth in 1845.

The Lakeside Haverthwaite Steam Railway – Take a boat trip to this top Windermere attraction. Combined tickets include the Beatrix Potter Attraction and the Aquarium of the Lakes on the shores of Windermere, plus train rides to Ambleside, Haverthwaite and Newby Bridge.

Mountain Goat Tours of the Lake District – Available to pick up directly from the Windermere Boutique Spa Suites, the Mountain Goat Tours are hop on/hop off bus tours running between Bowness and Grasmere, with stops at various locations, including at popular walking routes, shops, lakes viewpoints and sites of interest.

There are excellent bus and rail connections from Windermere Train Station, which is about 2.5 miles from the hotel. For more details about any of these activities, or for up-to-date news about local events, ask at the Aphrodite’s Hotel reception.

If you can drag yourself away from the luxurious Windermere Boutique Spa Suites, you will find a wealth of things to see and do in Bowness and Windermere. Many attractions are open all year round.

With many stunning walks accompanied with pleasant weather, those visiting the Lake District are often left spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do. If you only have a short time, we have narrowed down some of the most famous walks in the Lake District, Cumbria.

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Borger Dalr, Borrowdale

A great way to enjoy this beautiful place is to climb Castle Crag, the site of a hill fort with incredible views. Even the famous writer Alfred Wainwright described Borger Dalr as the ‘finest square mile in Lakeland’. It is also highly recommended to stop at Peace How – A tiny summit bought in 1917 and used by the soldiers returning from the frontline to find some tranquility.

Corpse Road, Loweswater

There are number of fascinating walks in the Lake District, Cumbria. One of them is Corpse Road- where you can feel the steps of innumerable people who have carried their dead to their final resting places. This walk is not just associated with funerals and there is a pretty lake and spectacular woodlands nearby which is home to red squirrels.

Coniston and Gondola

The Lake District is known for its meres, tarns, water and hills but a stop to the Bassenthwaite Lake is a must on any itinerary. It is regarded as the one and only true lake in the Lake District. Your visit would be in vain if you do not go for the beautiful steam Yacht Gondola ride which was launched in 1859. After being rescued and rebuilt by the National Trust in 1980, it tops the list of visitors from around the world. Coniston itself is a walkers’ paradise with the perfect spot for the foodies (Yew Tree Farm).

Greendale and Middle Fell, Western Fell

A visit to the Lake District in incomplete without heading west. You will not find scores of other hikers here and this place offers peace, tranquility and a whole lot more. Due to its perceived inaccessibility, the area does not attract thousands of people and is an ideal spot if you want to avoid the crowds. The stark beauty of Wasdale, the Roman history of Eskdale and timeless views make this place a must-visit for lovers of the great outdoors. . Halt at Greendale Tarn is a perfect picnic spot.

Ash Landing and Claife Heights, Windermere

This area is most popular with visitors looking for refreshment, accommodation and attractions in a stunning setting. Claife Heights boasts majestic views and also featured in in one of the guidebooks to the Lakes. Whatever time of year you visit, take your time to enjoy the scenery, the lakes and the attractions in the Lake District.

If you are also an admirer of the eternal beauty of the Lake District, share your favorite walk in the Lake District.

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The Great North swim is the UK’s biggest open water swimming challenge. More than 10,000 people participate in the three day long festival at Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina on Lake Windermere. The challenge offers a 1 mile outdoor swim with a shorter ½ mile and a 2 mile or 5km swim.

From Olympic champions to first timers, everyone is welcome to enjoy the thrill of open-water swimming. It is not only an amazing event for all swimming abilities but also a unique one in every respect. Highlights of this inspiring event are shown on TV. Special facilities (including grandstand seating area) are available for the spectators who can view the event from Low Wood Bay’s lovely lawns. Large screens are placed around the event site so that family and friends can watch all the action.

This action-packed event takes place at the Windermere, England’s largest lake at 10.5 miles long. The spectacular scenery of the Lake District National Park around Low Wood Bay make a perfect outdoor swim venue.

Great North Swim

Swimmers from across the UK participate and are stepping up for this new challenge. Determination, passion and training are the key to finishing the event, and knowing your limits.

The Great North Swim is an opportunity to embrace nature and go on an open-water island adventure across England’s largest lake. It is a great chance to ditch the pool and have an out-of-this-world experience.

Wetsuits

Mid-to-high end wet suits have been tested by the latest issue of 220 Triathlon magazine. They are the most affordable and best looking swim wear in the market. For details, you can always visit the Tri-store as wetsuits must be worn for the Great North swim.

Event location

Stretching from Ambleside in the North to Newby Bridge in the South, Windermere is the largest lake in England. Family and friends can have a great time watching an action-packed event from the banks of Windermere.

Timetable Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:
Time Swim Hat Colour Distance
Sunday 11 June 2017
08:00 TBC 10k swim
8:45 TBC 10k swim
10:30 TBC 5k swim
11:30 TBC 5k swim
12:30 TBC 2 mile swim
13:30 TBC 2 mile swim
14:00 TBC 1 mile swim;
14:30 TBC Half mile swim
15:00 TBC Half mile swim

*NB. All times and hats colours are subject to change in the lead up to the event

Entry fee

Different fees are applicable for different courses.

  • ½ Mile : £35 per entry
  • 1 Mile : £40 per entry
  • 2 Miles : £48 per entry
  • 5K : £55 per entry
  • 10K : £85 per entry (includes exclusive t-shirt & medal

    Grab your goggles and wiggle into your wetsuits for an iconic swim experience.

    For more information about the 2017 event, visit the Great North Swim website.

    If you are looking to stay in a Windermere spa hotel during your visit to the Great North Swim, choose from a range of beautiful accommodation near the Lake.

If gastronomy is high on your agenda, the Cumbria list is endless when it comes to delicious food. It is a food lover’s paradise with a scrumptious range of local dishes to choose from. Traditional foods are gifted from the land itself, including pigs for ham, cattle for cream, milk and cheese.

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The sea and lakes are home to herring, trout, char and salmon. Treat yourself to a mouth-watering taste of Cumbria’s best food and locally-brewed beer served in stunning locations. You can always visit a local farmer’s market to sample the food.

Cumberland Sausage

These originated in Cumberland itself. The sausages are generally long and coiled like a rope. They are made of natural ingredients and sold by length. They use selected cuts of pork to represent the best quality food. They do not contain any preservatives and colouring without compromising on the natural taste. The meat is chopped rather than minced to give it a distinctive chunky texture. A variety of fresh spices and herbs are used to prepare the seasonings.

Grasmere Gingerbread

Gingerbread is the speciality of Grasmere- rich in energy and absolutely delicious for those of you with a sweet tooth. Don’t miss out on their speciality. It is not an ordinary gingerbread. It is an intensely ginger-flavoured small bread topped with fine quality sugary, sandy and gingery crunchy crumbs. Enjoy the heavenly taste in every mouth full. The Lakeland village of Grasmere has been attracting the foodies since 1850.

Cumberland Ham

This variety of food is prepared with an entirely different type of processing. First of all the dry-cured ham is salted and cured for a month then washed, dried and hung up for a period of two months to mature. Preservatives are never used. The traditional curing process only includes preserving the ham. The ham is then slow-cooked.

Lamb

Sheep graze freely on the Lake District fells, which results in tender and flavoursome meat.

Cottage pie is the most famous dish made of minced lamb. Vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms and spices are cooked together to prepare this famous British dish. The dish is also topped with mashed potatoes and cheese. It is often served with Cumberland sauce, made from orange and lemon juices with an extract of redcurrant jelly, mustard and ginger.

Beef

If you are looking for fresh beef, lamb and pork from traditional breeds, The Hallsford www.hallsford.co.uk family farm is the perfect spot to stop. Savin Hill Farm www.savin-hill.co.uk also raises pure bred white cattle, dry cured bacon, hams and marbled beef.

Game

You can always visit HYPERLINK "http://www.the-old-smokehouse.co.uk" www.the-old-smokehouse.co.uk for game, sausage, fish and more. Smoked meat and game are also found at Saddleback, Aldby Farm. They believe in using local products to maintain the quality.

Seafood Fresh seafood is available at most of the restaurants. You will never be short of inspiration about where to eat in the region. The Lake District offers an ever-glowing list of restaurants serving herring often stuffed with a breadcrumb and seasoning mixture and a variety of seafood options. If you are a foodie, Cumbria will never disappoint you!

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Whether you are planning a sightseeing trip around the Lake District or you want to stay close to your spa hotel in Windermere, you will find plenty of stately homes and castles within easy reach.

From haunted castles to Tudor houses and medieval Pele towers, a wide choice of homes and castles are open all year round to the public.

Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Situated in Ravenglass, Muncaster Castle boasts stunning gardens and an Owl Centre. This 800 year old castle is said to be haunted, and is situated on the west tip of the Lake District. If you get the chance, go in May during the Festival of Fools.

Abbot Hall, Kendal

HYPERLINK "http://Www.abbothall.org.uk" Abbot Hall is a beautiful Georgian manor house situated in the shadow of Kendal Castle, next to the River Kent in the village of Kendal. The Hall now houses a museum and art gallery said to be one of the best in Britain. Works by Romney, Ruskin, Turner and Constable are exhibited. Also, the award-winning Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry is situated at Abbot Hall.

Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith

Hutton-in-the-Forest is situated in north Cumbria, and was bulit in the 14th Century. The Pele Tower is the oldest part of the house, which was built in 1350. Hutton has only ever been owned by two families – the de Hotons and the Fletchers. The Fletchers added a Victorian Gothic tower to match the medieval Pele. The interiors ae a mix of Regency and Victorian decoration with original William Morris wallpaper. The grounds are also worth exploring with terraces, topiary and a walled garden.

Brantwood, Coniston

HYPERLINK "http://www.brantwood.org.uk" Brantwood is the former home of famous former Coniston resident, John Ruskin. Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist.

The house includes the Ruskin Museum, plus a Gondola trip and afternoon tea in Jumping Jenny´s Cafe. Brantwood boasts some of the best views in the lakes, looking to Coniston Old Man and the lake itself.

Graythwaite Hall Gardens, Ulverston

HYPERLINK "APHRO ALL/LAKE DISTRICT/graythwaite.com/graythwaite-hall"Graythwaite Hall Gardens at Graythwaite, Ulverston were designed by Thomas Mawson in 1896. The gardens combine the formal with the informal. The spring garden is set in a wooded valley of over 12,000 acres, boasting thousands of rhodedendrons and azaleas. Graythwaite has been home to the Sandys family for over 500 years. The family are actively involved with the estate, and the gardens are open from April to September each year. The oldest parts of the hall date back to the 18th Century.

Mirehouse, Keswick

Mirehouse is a family run historic house open to visitors. This house easily makes the list of the top 10 stately homes in the Lake District, and also enjoys strong literary connections. The grounds of the house stretch from Dodd Wood to Bassenthwaite Lake, and include four woodland playgrounds and a heather maze. The house is situated just 3 miles from Keswick, and other attractions include the Poetry Walk, the Rhodedendron Tunnel and Bee Garden. The Old Sawmill Tearoom offers delicious local food.

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John Ruskin was born in London in 1819 and was the son of a wealthy sherry importer. Ruskin was encouraged to take up painting and poetry from a young age. Ruskin was educated at home and at Oxford, where he was influenced by the sciences, and where he first became interested in architecture.

Ruskin married Effie Gray when he was 29, but the marriage ended after 6 years, and was never consummated. To get over the heartbreak of his loveless marriage, the artist buried himself in work, and embarked on a lengthy study of Venice, with particular attention paid to the art and architecture of the famous city. He produced a 3-volume study about Venice.

Ruskin became interested in social justice, and began to influence the shape of society through his writing.

He fell in love with Rose la Touche, who sadly died aged 29, and he carried his feelings for her for the rest of his life. After Ruskin´s father died, the social reformer became a wealthy man. He became Professor or Art at Oxford and was an increasingly radical voice in Victorian Britain.

Aged 59, Ruskin suffered his first of several breakdowns. He died in 1900 at the age of 81, leaving behind him 39 volumes of writings, thousands of drawings and watercolours and a legacy of influence which is still felt today.

Stretching from Frank Lloyd Wright to Mahatma Gandhi, Ruskin spoke up for the welfare state and was a huge influence on the founders of the National Health Service, the opening of public libraries and the National Trust. His influence also reached abroad, and he encouraged women´s education in many under-developed countries, the abolition of child labour and environmental protection.

Ruskin was also an artist who never exhibited his work professionally, but used his talent as a form of escapism and to communicate his discoveries.

Collections are permanently on display in his former home, Brantwood, and Lancaster University is home to the world´s largest archive of Ruskin material.

Brantwood

The former home of John Ruskin, Brantwood enjoys one of the most stunning locations in the Lake District – overlooking Coniston Water. The house has great historical importance, and is a lively centre of the arts – with over 30,000 visitors a year.

If you decide to base yourself in Windermere, which offers a wealth of attractions, plus spa hotels, boutique hotels and hot tub hotels, Coniston is just 8 miles away and is easily accessible by public transport or car.

Visitors to Brantwood are introduced to Ruskin´s world by an introductory video and can walk around seven historical rooms. Younger visitors are also well catered for with a range of activity sheets and quizzes to keep them entertained.

Brant is the Norse word for ´steep´ and the house´s steep woods were first worked by the ninth century Norse invaders. Stunning displays of wild flora and fauna attract thousands of visitors from all over the world, and the woodlands make up half of the whole 250 acre estate. High fields and lake shore scenery make up the estate, which is a Mecca for walkers of all abilities, from easy rambles to more challenging hikes to Crag Head. A vast range of trails thread through the estate and a walking guide is available from the shop.

The Moorland Garden was the site of an experiment to build terraces fashioned from the natural forms of the land and two reservoirs. It is now a garden of questions and is presented as a blank canvas.

If you want to combine your trip to the Lakes with a stay in a 5 star luxury spa hotel with hot tub suites in Windermere, take your time to choose one.

If you are looking for somewhere spectacular to stay in England to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, why not consider a Lake District Holiday?

To get the most out of your time off, why not book a spa hotel in Windermere with hot tub suites and full spa facilities to feel truly pampered?

Spa hotels located within the Lake District National Park, which was established in 1951, offer some of the most luxurious facilities in England and are surrounded by stunning scenery.

Stay close to Lake Windermere and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do.

The Lake District encompasses 885 square miles and is home to 200 ancient monuments which date back to prehistoric times as well as monuments dedicated to the industrial age. Over 1,700 buildings in the Lake District are listed.

Visit over 16 lakes or enjoy a stroll on one of the 2,200 miles of footpaths. The park and the surrounding areas offer a vast choice of things to see and do.

You can choose to either spend your time relaxing or fill your days with adventure – it’s up to you. Boasting scores of excellent country pubs and restaurants, you won’t be stuck for somewhere to eat and drink in the Lake District.

The region is ideal for walking, hiking, cycling, horse riding and water sports. Forest trails and quiet roads attract lovers of the great outdoors and if you visit out of the main summer season you will find the area much less crowded than during the school holidays.

Take a trip on a boat launch from Bowness Bay or enjoy a leisurely walk around the shores of Windermere. If you are feeling super-fit why not attempt to walk the Cumbria Way, the Dales Way or the Coast to Coast walk?

The World of Beatrix Potter exhibition in Bowness and the Lakes Aquarium nearby are also worth seeing.

Whether you are planning to visit the Lake District in autumn or winter, you will find plenty of attractions for the whole family. Take your time to explore the lakes, and check out the attractions, events and facilities near you before you travel. Windermere is home to some of the best attractions in the Lake District, and many remain open all year round.

Did you know.…

The word "Windermere" is thought to translate as "Vinandr's Lake", from the Old Norse name, Vinandr and Old English mere, meaning lake. It was known as "Winander Mere" or "Winandermere" until at least the nineteenth century.

Seathwaite in Borrowdale is officially the wettest inhabited place in England with a mean annual rainfall of over 3 metres (120 inches). The heaviest annual rainfall ever recorded in the UK was at Sprinkling Tarn in 1954 when over 6½ metres of rain fell over the course of the year.

The Lake District is known for its stunning lakes and beautiful scenery, which attracts over 16 million visitors a year.

The Lake District has a wider variety of landscapes than any other area of its size in Britain. The area is home to 16 major lakes including Windermere, England's largest lake and Brotherswater set beside the road over Kirkstone Pass. There are also numerous mountain tarns. Towering above these picturesque lakes are some of England's highest mountains, including all of England's three-thousand footers.

If you are looking for somewhere special to stay, why not book a spa hotel or a hotel with hot tubs in Windermere?

With the M6 motorway passing close to the eastern side of the Lake District, it has brought a day trip within reach of people from as far afield as the Potteries and the Midlands. Good roads also make the area accessible from Teesside, Tyneside and the West Riding and Lancashire industrial belts.

The area caters well for the tourist; there are numerous tourist information offices and mobile information caravans. Fine scenery is set practically beside the road. You can still get the feel of being among the mountains without leaving your car, especially in Great Langdale, Buttermere and Wasdale.

The area is the finest in England for the fell walker. There are over 120 mountain tops over 2,000 feet in height. There are many paths and routes on to the tops of the mountains, and all of Lakeland's peaks are accessible without a rope.

Why not combine some Lake District adventure with a stay in a Windermere spa hotel or book a hot tub suite?

George Fisher's sports shop in Keswick hires out equipment to walkers who do not possess it. In case of accidents there are a number of very efficient rescue teams which can be contacted through the police. For further details see Mountain Rescue and Cave Rescue by the Mountain Rescue Committee, obtainable from most outdoor shops in the area.

There are rock climbs of every standard in the Lake District. It has been used as a training ground by many Alpine and Himalayan climbers. The principal centres are Great Langdale, Borrowdale, Pillar in Ennerdale and Wasdale. Great Langdale is a good area for the tourist to see climbers in action from the roadside. A pair of binoculars are handy.

All water sports are catered for: the principal lakes for power boats and water skiing are Ullswater and Windermere. The best lakes for sailing are Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and Ullswater. There are sailing clubs at the northern end of Bassenthwaite and on the Howtown road beside Ullswater. Rowing boats can be hired for fishing or pleasure on Bassenthwaite, Buttermere. Coniston Water, Crummock Water, Derwentwater, Esthwaite Water, Grasmere, Loweswater, Ullswater and Windermere. Large pleasure boats operate regular services on Derwentwater, Ullswater and Windermere.

After a long day out on the lakes there is nothing better than staying in a Windermere spa hotel where you can relax and let your troubles melt away.

Winter is fast approaching in Windermere and this is one of the best times to visit the Lake District if you want an idyllic break in a peaceful location.

Extremely picturesque, the Lake District Aphrodites Spa Boutique Lake District Hotel is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in England.

Scenic lakes, lush green forests, farmlands and heritage houses are the images that come to mind when you think of this beautiful place. Most of Cumbria was marked into the Lake District National Park in 1951 and has been the most visited national park in the UK ever since.

This haven of beauty and tranquillity is also popular for its association with English Literature from the 18thand 19thcenturies. The lakes is a place that is truly worth exploring.

Some of the best places to visit include:

Windermere 

Windermere is the largest lake in the whole of the UK .It has been a tourist hotspot and one of the most popular lakes in the Lake District due to its great connectivity with other parts of the region.

The long narrow ribbon lake comprises 18 stunning islands offering captivating Lake District landscapes. A quick tour of Bowness is a must before going for a cruise. There are numerous cruise options including steamers and launches that are equipped with teashops and outside decks. Make the experience enjoyable by boarding one of the finest cruises in Lakeland. 

Wray Castle  

This Victorian neo-gothic mansion was built in 1847 as the private house of a renowned Liverpool surgeon. Presently this magnificent castle is owned by the National Trust. The magnificent mock castle encompasses extensive scenic grounds, numerous rooms, towers and halls making it an ideal family attraction. The Castle has a place in local history with Beatrix Potter holidaying here as a young woman. From try on dressing-up clothes, mock ruins, hidden doors and spooky goings on, Wray Castle is a perfect place to take the kids. Unlike other attractions, there is nothing delicate on display. The extensive grounds boast of panoramic views of lake and mountain making it an ideal place for a family outing. A number of rare tree specimens including redwood, mulberry trees and varieties of beech welcome the visitors. 

Hill Top  

The children’s author and illustrator best known for the series of her Peter Rabbit books – Beatrix Potter once owned this beautiful 17thcentury house. Now the house is managed by the National Trust and open to visitors as a museum. Hill Top is famous for Lakeland vernacular architecture with stone walls, a slate roof and above all for its most loved characters such as Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck. The garden is well maintained and full of flowers and fruit trees.

Grammar School  

Archbishop Edwin Sandys founded this historical school in 1585 to teach Latin, Greek and Sciences including arithmetic and geometry. The great English poet William Wordsworth was also a student here from 1779 to 1787. A part of the school has been transformed into a museum preserving valuables such as furniture of yesteryear and writing materials. It also holds an exhibition tracing the school’s history and explaining the process of transforming a quill into a writing instrument. The most significant items on show are the old books, maps and trivia about William Wordsworth. 

Dove Cottage  

This 17thcentury vintage house located in the heart of the remote Lake District was once the first family home of the great English poet, William Wordsworth. He wrote some of the greatest poetry in England. Stroll around the house and get a sense of Wordsworth’s days by looking at the stone floors, glowing coal fires and dark panelled rooms. This little cottage is the only place in the world to see William Wordsworth’s personal belongings. 

Winter is fast approaching in Windermere and this is one of the best times to visit the Lake District if you want an idyllic break in a peaceful location.

Looking forward to the schools going back? The summer crowds dispersing and an autumnal chill in the air? Autumn is the perfect time to visit the Lake District if you want to relax, walk, hike or sightsee without the busy roads and crowded pavements.

Golden woodland landscapes and of course the mesmerizing lakes are just two of the best things about Windermere in autumn.

Why not spend a week in Windermere and enjoy boating across the lake, the atmospheric pubs and inns around the town and a host of amazing restaurants in Bowness. Some of the Lake District´s most famous attractions are located in and around the town, including Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre at Bowness.

Just five miles from Windermere is the quaint village of Ambleside, close to Hill Top, the former home of famous childrens´ author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. Jenkin´s Crag is worth exploring and boasts stunning views over lake and countryside. Wray Castle is also well worth a visit if you find yourself in Ambleside.

Nine miles from Windermere is Grasmere where thousands of visitors a year flock to Dove Cottage, the former home of poet, William Wordsworth. If you have a sweet tooth, don´t forget to visit the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop or Cocoa Hearts, where artisan chocolate is made and sold.

Just a short boat ride from Bowness is the award-winning Lakes Aquarium which offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do, with plenty of informative staff to explain the importance of conservation in the Lake District.

Stop off at one of the many cafés to enjoy a typical plate of Cumbrian cuisine or enjoy home-made cakes and hot chocolate by the lake. Bowness is known for its many award-winning restaurants and pubs serving food, and if you are something of a foodie you will find all you want and more from these great eateries.

From Michelin star to simple café food, there is something for all tastes and budgets in Windermere and Bowness.

If the weather turns chilly, visitors also have a great choice of indoor attractions to choose from in Windermere, including the Winderemere Steamboats and Museum, showing a historic collection of steam and motor boats, the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction at Bowness, the Cedar Gallery at Bowness and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

There is always plenty to see and do in the Lake District – from museums to castles, gourmet restaurants to local cafés and stunning country house gardens to adventure parks and visitor centres, you will never be stuck for something to do in the Lake District Aphrodites Spa Boutique Lake District Hotel.

Don’t rely on the weather. Pack some light but rainproof jackets and walking boots if you plan to explore the great outdoors. Stay in a spa hotel in Windermere and enjoy being pampered. The Lake District attracts over 16 million people each year – mainly in the summer months – enjoy the quieter autumn months and take your time to discover this stunning part of England.

A destination like no other, the Lake District is enchanting. Owing to its popularity as a laid back destination, the region attracts walkers, hikers, climbers and couples who come to enjoy the peace and quiet.

Calm lakes surrounded by gracefully sloping hills, woods below the tree lines, beds of flowers around the shores, Windermere and its spa hotels have been wooing nature lovers for hundreds of years. This beautiful paradise boasts of a number of things to do in autumn: .

Take a circular walk up Latrigg: Simply unwind while soaking in the beauty of northern Lakeland from all directions- Derwentwater, Keswick and Bassenthwaite. Engage in the adventurous treks starting from Keswick railway station and walk towards Lonscale Fell. Then you can pick up a path, signposted for Skiddaw that will take you to the spectacular summit of Latrigg. If you enjoy nature this is one of the best things to do whatever the weather..

Theatre by the Lakes, Keswick: Located on the shores of Derwentwater, the Theatre by the Lakes offers an excellent choice of live entertainment coupled with picturesque beauty all around. The professional theatre company not only offers a summer season of plays and Easter productions but also hosts wide choices of drama, talks, music, comedy and film. Famous for its Keswick Film Festival, the Words by the Water Literature and the Keswick Jazz festival, a trip to the theatre this autumn is an awesome way to spend an autumn evening..

Tour the glorious Muncaster Castle: Set in a stunning 70-acre garden, Muncaster Castle is an historic haunted castle and home of the Pennington family for 800 years. Many haunted stories are connected to this Cumbrian Castle but autumn sees its famous Halloween events such as spooky illuminations, face painting, spooky mazes and ghostly tours of the castle. Make your hair stand up by visiting one of Britain’s most haunted castles this autumn..

Honister Mountain adventure: Located just outside Keswick, Honister is the last working mine in England offering a myriad of activities including fully guided mine tours and an outdoor Via Ferrata. The centre is open all year round, seven days a week. You can also by souvenirs and other smaller items made from slate from the gift shop. The visitor centre showcases information about the history of mine, its triumphs and its disasters. Visit the mine in autumn to enjoy a thrilling experience..

Board the L’aal Ratty Steam rain: Everybody gets excited when they plan to take a ride on a steam train. You can have a wonderful time on board the L’aal Ratty train running from lovely Ravenglass through the stunning valley of Eskdale to the foot of the Scafell range.

The trip takes in the very best of the the Lake District. It is a great way to embrace the beautiful autumn colours and enjoy the best walks in the area. Plan your autumn break and take advantage of special events and some great offers at Windermere boutique spa hotels. Relax your body and soul with the most romantic spa treatments ever. .

Lake District offer some interesting as well as unique options for families and friends. Capture the heavenly scenery and its hues with your loving family; Join a bike expedition with your pillion for life to a romantic gateway, trekking up the awe-inspiring hills and mountains, go on a mini adventure with your children to Coniston Lake, surprise that special one by booking one of the finest honeymoon suites in Windermere. Occasion could be any but the celebration should always be grand- Come and explore abundance of amazing adventures!!

The World of Beatrix Potter: This vibrant family attraction lets you discover 23 enchanting stories and their popular characters including Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and all their friends in a magical indoor recreation. Kids can also enjoy a free activity worksheet. Get insights into Beatrix Potter’s life through impressive presentation and video wall.

The Fun Factory Bowness: This is a colourful soft play centre offering a wealth of fun physical pay equipment from tots to teenagers. You can enjoy the excellent views overlooking Lake Windermere while having good food at Café Dolce.

Windermere Quays: Your trip would not be worth, if you do not spend a day out on the water and the Windermere Quays offers you a lovely experience. Small electricity powered boats are easily available but you can always charter a large yacht for your family.

Crags Adventures: A small family run company provide adventurous activities such as Ghyll Scrambling, Abseiling, via Ferrata, rock climbing, hiking, challenge events and navigation awards.Visit and conquer the great outdoor with your loving family!!

Brockhole Lake District Visitors Centre: This visitor centre is full of exhilarating outdoor and indoor activities including a treetop trek, predator park wildlife experience, indoor soft play, creativity space and extensive gardens.

Wray Castle: A fantastic family spot that’s great to explore inside and out offers turrets, towers, informal grounds and Peter Rabbit adventure.

Grizedale Forest: This amazing attraction will take you to the world of outstanding view with its famous outdoor sculptures, high wire adventure course, adventure playground and extensive bike trails. Fun never ends when you are at this perfect family place.

Lakes Aquarium: Walk through the incredible underwater tunnel, get to know anything or everything about fascinating sea life; enjoy the challenge at 14 hole crazy golf, have an exhilarating ride on radio controlled boats, try your hand at Aquablasta water game, have a gala time at the themed playpark. And when you really want to crash out after all that fun, get a hot tub bath at Windermere’s renowned hot tub hotels/suites.

Lakeland Maze and Farm Park: This huge children farm with large and small mazes is especially designed where the whole family can relax and enjoy. Be amazed with the feeding sessions of animals at regular intervals in the working farms.

After days of travel and excursion, get into the relax mode as the city of Lakes also features remarkable spa suites and hot tub hotels for beauty experiences you will always cherish. If you are visiting Windermere, make sure you don’t miss out on some of the best spa hotels.

Once you are in the Lake District, experiencing its amazing scenery and almost magical parks and gardens you will feel as if your batteries are already recharged.

When you have explored the great outdoors in Windermere you can retreat to your Windermere boutique spa suite and enjoy beauty treatments and pampering.

If you really want to connect with nature, the Lake District is the place to be in. Some of the most famous parks & gardens are:  

Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin: This attractive treasure house of art and memorabilia has a wealth of things to see and explore. This extensive 250 acre estate encompasses 8 unique gardens, high moors and ancient woodlands. This place extends a lovely insight into the life of John Ruskin, offering many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and personal treasures for visitors to appreciate.   

Wray Castle:  A fascinating building with a grand past and rich history is a place provides entertainment for all ages. This mock-gothic castle’s undeniable natural beauty and its misty green trails overlooking exciting play areas continue to draw visitors every year. 

Fell Foot:  Nestled on the southern tip of Lake Windermere, This friendly park has green lawns with many varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. It is one of the perfect spots to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Windermere. Stroll around the lakeshore, plan a barbeque or picnic and make the most of other activities like paddling, swimming or boating. 

Hutton in the Forest:  This beautiful house is surrounded by magnificent woodland. It has excellent tree specimens, a large collection of herbaceous plants and several topiary displays. This superb venue also holds plant fairs, cultural and creative exhibitions. 

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum:   Grasmere was the home of William Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808. Take a 20-minute tour of the house to see where Wordsworth worked and lived. Wordsworth’s life was inspired from the opulent gardens and orchards. This hub of creativity, literature and art holds a plethora of exhibitions, events and craft workshops.  

Levens Hall and Gardens:  This stunning Elizabethan mansion was rebuilt at the end of 20th century comprising the collection of Jacobean furniture, the earliest English patchwork, fine paintings and other beautiful objects. The place is famous for its award-winning gardens having the blend of topiary, beech trees and colourful seasonal flowers. It also creates a striking visual impact with its huge abstract shapes, pyramids and classy objects. 

Holehird Gardens:  This huge 5 acre garden is set on a hillside providing an awesome view of Lakeland. The Garden encompasses alpines, heather beds and a collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.  

Holker Hall and Gardens:   The elegance and loveliness of the Victorian era is truly reflected in this fascinating historic house.  The house is set in 25 acres of romantic woodland gardens which demonstrate nature at its best.  

Immerse yourself in the graceful nature of the Lake District and give yourself a treat by staying in the Windermere boutique spa suites

Though it may be well known for its scenic beauty, famous romantic poets, tranquil lakes and mountains, there are still plenty of things to do in the Lake District. It isn’t just a place to relax; it can get your adrenaline going too!

From hiking high on Scafell Pike, rafting the county’s watery rapids, walking around the lakes, swimming and kayaking and even soaring through the sky, the Lake District and the surrounding areas offer a lot of adventurous activities for all ages and levels of fitness.

Whether you want to unwind in style or get your blood pumping, the Lake District has it all. And when you are drained with trekking around, a relaxing spa day in one of the luxurious Windermere boutique spa suites is all you need. Recharge your batteries by indulging in best spa treatments or going for a hot tub spa.

Climbing and scrambling: Though climbing is a common activity throughout the county the Lake District and Cumbria are world famous for the gentle scrambles and challenging rock climbs. Imagine a glorious green valley dotted with dark crags with peaceful sounds of wind filtering through the mountains. Nothing to worry about if you are not an avid climber. There are plenty of gentler walks and climbs for beginners.  

Water sports and other activities: The Lake District offers a wide range of water sports. From canoeing and sailing to diving and windsurfing and water skiing, the list is endless. Cumbria also offers several outdoor swimming events, including the Great North Swim which takes place every summer and attracts around 10,000 people each time. Stand up paddle boarding is a new way to experience the stunning lakes. Being a hub of more than 80 lakes, open water swimming is popular in the Lake District.

Cycling and mountain biking: This is one of the best ways to get to know the Lake District and explore the neighbouring areas. If you are looking to truly get off the beaten path, enjoy tours by electric bike or sign up for a Sky ride. You can always join in the cycling trail which will take you through Grizedale, offering the best of Cumbria’s views. There are plenty of cycle hiring centres for a smooth journey throughout. 

Walking around Cumbria: A huge variety of walking routes with unique features make the Lake District the UK’s favourite destination for walking enthusiasts. The best way to appreciate this quintessential county is to go for classic walks around lakes and valleys. You can plan your trip by seeking a range of guides and resources.   

Come and rekindle your romance by reserving a hot tub bath or beauty treatment in a Windermere boutique spa suite and feel truly pampered.

Since famous poet William Wordsworth first waxed lyrical about the Lake District in the early 1800´s the region has become synonymous with romantic spa hotels and cottages.

The Aphrodite´s Lodge is perfect for couples wanting to spend a romantic weekend in luxurious Windermere surroundings, while enjoying a private suite with personal hot tub, elegant decór, a four poster bed and even mood lighting. Luxury bathrooms are a feature of romantic suites at the hotel and full spa facilities are also on offer.

All suites feature large LCD TV´s, king size beds and DVD´s plus whirlpool baths for 2 and a range of romantic facilities to make your stay extra special.

If you can drag yourselves out of your honeymoon suite, book a pampering beauty session at our spa and beauty rooms, where you can enjoy a relaxing massage, a seaweed body treatment or even a spray tanning session. Spa facilities are free to all hotel guests although beauty treatments are extra. Special pamper packages can be booked prior to arrival, along with champagne in your room, rose petals on the bed, chocolates and flowers etc., to make your honeymoon stay perfect.

The suites have been specifically designed with romance, comfort and luxury in mind, and whether you want to enjoy the privacy of your own hot tub, watch TV from the whirlpool bath or chill out on a private patio, you can do it all at the Aphrodite´s Lodge.

There are so many things to see and do in Windermere all through the year, and nearby Bowness Bay offers some of the best restaurants in the Lakes. If you enjoy a pint of real ale, visit the local country pubs or make the most of the lake with a trip on board a Windermere Steamer.

Blessed with incredible scenery and a vast choice of walking routes, Windermere is one of the most beautiful places in the UK to stretch your legs. Levels of difficulty range from easy to difficult, and whether you fancy a gentle stroll around the lake, or a more challenging hill walk, you will find plenty of choice around Windermere.

If you are looking for a romantic stay in Windermere for your honeymoon, book into the Aphrodite´s Lodge and enjoy top facilities, including private hot tubs, spa baths for 2 people, steam rooms and power showers. Log fires in winter and private patios in summer will allow you to enjoy the very best of the Lake District from your hotel suite.

If you want your honeymoon to be quiet, cosy and luxurious, there is no better place to spend it than at the Aphrodite´s Lodge Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere. Whatever the time of year you are planning to get married, we can make your honeymoon extra special. Check out our beautiful romantic suites at the hotel where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the Lake District without having to leave your room!

If you decide not to drive around the Lake District, an excellent public transport system will take you to the major attractions.

The Lake District is home to some of the best attractions in England. The North West Lakes are within easy reach of Keswick and include beautiful Borrowdale valley, Derwent Water, Buttermere and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Various bus and boat services throughout the area will transport you to all the major attractions. In the South West Lakes the popular village of Coniston attracts visitors from all over Europe. The famous beauty spot of Tarn Hows and the Duddon and Esk Valleys are well worth seeing. Take your time to visit the coastal areas around Ravenglass.

In the South East Lakes, the popular towns of Bowness, Ambleside, Hawkshead and Grasmere, England's largest lake, Windermere and a number of historic houses, many associated with William Wordsworth or Beatrix Potter are worth visiting.

Windermere is an excellent place to base yourself, and offers a choice of romantic hotels and spa hotels to choose from.

Public boat services operate on Windermere, Derwent Water, Ullswater and Coniston Water and provide scenic cruises. Many connect with buses or trains which enable you onward travel across the area. Many cruises, including Windermere Lake Cruises, operate throughout the year.

If you prefer to travel by rail, Windermere Station is as close as you can get to the central lakes by train. The west coast main line runs south to north, stopping off at Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle. If you want to enjoy the views, the Cumbrina coastal line boasts some stunning scenery en route, and follows the coast from Lancaster to Carlisle. Other rail lines include the Settle to Carlisle line and the Newcastle to Carlisle line. Popular tourist railways include the Lakeside & Haverthwaite and Ravenglass & Eskdale lines.

Buses in the Lake District and Cumbria provide an excellent means of transport for travel across the area. Out of the main season there is a basic service and during summer and school holidays extra routes are included. Many of the normal service routes make the most of local scenery and attractions. The ´Borrowdale Rambler´ and the ´Coniston Rambler´ include some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lakes.

If you are looking for somewhere special to stay in the Lake District, consider a spa hotel in Windermere. A vast range of attractions are situated in and around Windermere, including the Beatrix Potter Attraction, Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House, Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre and the Lakes Aquarium.

Regular excursions and day trips are available from Windermere, and include tours of local villages and towns. A trip to Dove Cottage, Grasmere, the former home of famous author, William Wordsworth can be booked via the Tourist Office in Bowness Bay. If you prefer to go it alone, regular bus services to Grasmere operate from Windermere.

If you want to sample a choice of real ales in Lake District country pubs, leave the car at home and catch the bus!

Whether you are a walker, hiker or experienced climber, you will find plenty of hills and mountains to scale in the Lake District.

Not only famous for its beautiful lakes, Cumbria is also home to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike at 3,209 feet.

From easy hikes to difficult climbs, the Lake District Mountains offer plenty of opportunity for visitors of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy a day out in the countryside.

Grasmoor is situated in the north of the Lake District near Keswick and is 2,800 feet high. This is the highest mountain between Buttermere, Braithwaite and Lorton, and towers over Crummock Water.

Skiddaw is situated close to Keswick and is over 2,800ft in height.

The Lake District is the birthplace of rock climbing in England, and is one of the country´s best known locations for taking a course in scaling the heights of some incredible mountains.

Many traditional climbs take place on mountain crags, with dozens of smaller outcrops. The Lake District is easy to get to from most parts of the UK, with excellent transport links to Penrith and Windermere, with the M6 passing closeby.

Climbers can always be assured of stunning views, and many rock climbing courses are offered in the central lakes, making Ambleside or Langdale a perfect base. Keswick, Ullswater and Langdale are also great places to stay if planning a rock climbing excursion, as even if the weather is bad, Cumbria has plenty of sandstone and limestone outcrops ringing the edge of the fells. It is usually possible to get good climbing in, even if the weather is generally poor.

A wonderful mountain walk is to Great Gable from Wasdale Head. The summit is instantly recognisable and resembles a rounded bun at the top. Mist can quickly descend on the mountain, making it dangerous, and you should save your ascent for one of the sunny days when you can see Lakeland, Lancashire and Yorkshire from the top.

The strong walls in the bottom of the valley were built during the 18th and 19th centuries to enclose the moorland and provide shelter for sheep. Excess stone was gathered into large mounds and can still be seen today.

If you embark on this walk, take your time to go into the small church of St Olaf, which is set in a circle of large trees and at only 12m by 5m is one of the smallest churches in the UK. The building has three windows, one of them a memorial to Queen Victoria.

From the corner of the car park, explore the walled track in the direction of St Olaf´s, and stroll on to Burnthwaite Farm. Follow the arrows through the farmyard and beyond, then turn right along a grassy route to a gate. From here you can enjoy stunning views, along a trail which was once used to transport slate from Dubs Quarry to Ravenglass.

Whatever your levels of fitness, there are hundreds of Lake District walks and climbs available. Visit a tourist information centre to find out about trails, walks and climbs near you.

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of England and boasts stunning scenery, picturesque fells, steep waterfalls and dramatic mountains.

Seven of the most scenic places to visit in the Lakes include:

1.Aira Force, Ullswater

1.Aira Force is surrounded by stunning scenery and this is probably the most beautiful waterfall in the Lake District. There are plenty of places around the falls where visitors can enjoy a picnic, and this is a great place to spend a day if you want to walk in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, who wrote the famous poem, ´Daffodils´ after walking along this route.

2.Tarn Hows, near Coniston and Hawkshead

Tarn Hows lies between the quaint villages of Coniston and Hawkshead. This beauty spot is surrounded by thick, enchanting woodland and is overlooked by the dramatic Langdale Pikes and the imposing Helvellyn. Famous childrens´ author, Beatrix Potter bought Tarn Hows in 1929, before selling it onto the National Trust. Visit outside the main summer season to enjoy a haven of tranquility and peace.

3.Loughrigg Tarn, north of Windermere

Loughrigg Tarn is a natural lake just north of Windermere and just north of the village of Skelwith Bridge at the foot of Loughrigg Fell. Loughrigg Tarn is a fantastic spot for walking and picknicking, and is undoubtedly one of the Lake District’s hidden treasures. It offers tremendous views of miles of rolling fells, across to the rugged beauty of the Langdale Pikes. The calm tarn boasts clear blue water, which during the Summer months is adorned with colourful water lilies.

4.Catbells and Ashness Bridge

Catbells and Ashness Bridge offer stunning views down to Derwentwater, and Catbells is a popular walk for families. The route is not too difficult and the stunning views from the top make it all worthwhile. Autumn is a great time to visit when the trees surrounding Derwentwater turn to gold. If you are not feeling too energetic, pack your picnic and head up to Ashness Bridge in the car.

5.Gummer´s How, near Windermere

If you want to enjoy stunning sun sets over Windermere, there is no better place to visit for a picnic than Gummer´s How. Visit in the day time and you can enjoy stunning views which sweep north across Windermere. Particularly beautiful in Autumn when the trees are changing colour, this is a fabulous part of the Lake District to photograph, so don´t forget your camera.

6.Birdoswald Roman Fort Birdoswald is situated towards the western end of Hadrian´s Wall, and is considered to be one of the most picturesque settings along the entire 73 miles of Hadrian´s Wall. The Roman fort stands high above the River Irthing and can be seen from miles around.

7.High Dam Tarn, Finsthwaite

High Dam Tarn is a typically stunning Lake District beauty spot. This place was once described by Alfred Wainwright, walker and writer of Lake District guides as ´a much nicer place than the over-populated Tarn Hows´, although both spots are quite beautiful. Views from Finsthwaite are amazing, from Lakeside and Newby Bridge to Gummer´s How and High Dam Tarn. The tarn was once used to turn the water wheels at Stott Park Bobbin Mill.

Make the most of your stay and book into a Windermere spa hotel or boutique hotel in Windermere, and make this the base for your adventures.

We have enjoyed a great few days of sunshine in Windermere, with highs of 25C last weekend. Long may it continue!

Spring is a great time to visit the Lakes before the summer crowds arrive, when the days are warmer and when all the Windermere attractions are open.

Stunning scenery hails the beginning of spring, with green fells, majestic mountain views and local flora and fauna at its most colourful.

If you want to explore the Lake District without driving yourself, the Mountain Goat Tours are excellent ways of seeing the best parts of the Lake District, hassle-free. The experienced guides and drivers will take you for half day or full day tours and offer an exciting itinerary.

If you are lucky enough to be staying in Windermere, stroll down to Bowness Bay where you can catch a steamer across the Lake or enjoy some of the best restaurants, pubs and cafes in the area.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre is also worth visiting and offers beautiful scenic walks, and adventure playground and plenty of scenic places to enjoy a picnic.

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House is one of the major attractions near Windermere. Visitors can enjoy stunning views over the lake from the gardens, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere in the house itself, which was built between 1898 and 1900, and designed by M H Baillie Scott. Blackwell was originally built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, owner of the Manchester Brewery. Original features ensure Blackwell retains much of its original charm. Several rooms are used as galleries, and the gardens offer a picturesque terrace bordered by flowers where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat and take in the incredible views.

St Martin´s Church at Bowness-on-Windermere is a Grade 1 listed building which attracts visitors from far and wide. With stained glass windows described as ´the finest collection of medieval glass in the North-west of England´ by an expert, the church also has a decorative theme inspired by Henry Hughe´s restoration in 1870. The churchyard is always open to visitors and includes the listed gravestone of Rasselas Belfield (at the east end of the church) which is one of English Heritage's Sites of Memory. A tombstone at the West end of the church commemorates the life of John Bolton, the former owner of Storrs Hall and a benefactor of the church.

Orrest Head is a short but fairly steep walk and is one of the most popular treks in Windermere. The 20 minute trek is definitely worth it for the stunning views over Windermere from the top. If you are lucky enough to be in Windermere on a sunny day, enjoy the sun set view from Orrest Head over the lake.

The Lake District is without doubt one of the most beautiful regions of England. Next time you visit, take the time to enjoy some spectacular views over lakes, mountains and fells.

Derwentwater from Friar’s Crag

Described by former local resident and philanthropist, John Ruskin, as ‘one of the three most beautiful scenes in Europe’, the view of Derwentwater from Friar’s Crag is breath-taking.

Friar’s Crag was once used as an embarkations point for monks making the pilgrimage to St Herbert’s Island. Now popular with ramblers and hikers, the view of a vast inland lake and Brindlehow Woods on the far shore is well worth the 10 minute walk from the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

Wasdale Head from Wastwater

Voted the best view in Britain, with Scafell Pike as a backdrop, visitors flock to see this incredible region of the Lakes. Spring is the perfect time to visit.

Tarn Hows

A man-made stretch of water, Tarn Hows offers one of the most popular flat walks in the Lakes, which is accessible by wheelchair. Beautiful views over the lake and breath-taking scenery make this walk worthwhile.

Bassenthwaite Lake

If you want to combine stunning views with a visit to the Osprey Watch Centre in Dodd Wood, you could well remember your visit for years to come. The Osprey, one of England´s rarest birds has been nesting in Cumbria for years and well placed webcams allow visitors to see the wildlife and the lake below.

Windermere

Look out over Windermere from Bowness Jetty. Although Windermere is one of the busiest lakes, go around the side of the lake opposite the Glebe at Bowness, and walk out onto the jetty pointing northwards. A great view of the fills, the ferries and the small islands.

Coniston Gondola

Coniston is home to the beautifully restored Gondola which transports passengers to historic Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, famous social reformer. Coniston is also where Donald Campbell lost his life attempting the world Water Speed Record. Beautiful tarns and the Old Man of Coniston loom in the distance.

Haystacks from Buttermere

Alfred Wainwright loved Haystacks so much that he arranged to have his ashes scattered there. Look over Sour Milk Ghyll to the right of the lake, and look out for the red squirrel who inhabits the area.

Ullswater

Stunning scenery around Ullswater keeps walkers returning for more of the same, and this is an ideal location for photographers. Take the Ullswater Ferry across the lake and look towards Kirkstone Pass and down to Pooley Bridge.

Grasmere

Hire a boat in front of the Fairy Café and enjoy fantastic views from Grasmere itself. Enjoy delicious snacks at the café afterwards, while watching the light dance over the water.

Rydal Water

Look over Heron Island and the ´Lion & the Lamb´ rocky outcrop perched on top of Helm Crag. Coleridge once lived in the white cottage on the other side of the lake, and it is easy to see why Rydal Water so inspired him.

Roman Forts and Milecastles

Cumbria’s Lake District may be famous for its stunning scenery, mountains and glistening lakes, but thousands of visitors also flock to see the Roman Ruins.

Lake District attractions include a wealth of historical and cultural sites.

Remains of a 2nd century Roman fort are situated at the head of Lake Windermere in Ambleside. Galava Roman Fort was built during Emperor Hadrian’s reign to guard the road from Ravenglass, these impressive remains include the granary foundations and the commandant’s house.

At Pike Hill, Banks, you will find well-preserved remains of a turret used by Roman soldiers defending Hadrian’s Wall. Sections of the wall still stand on either sides of the turret.

The Roman Fort along Hadrian’s Wall at Gilsland, is one of the most beautiful. Surrounded by north Pennines scenery, this fort attracts historians from far and wide.

Hardknott was established in the early 2nd century AD and extensive, well preserved foundations reveal a commandant’s house, barracks, a parade ground and bath house. The spectacular location is in an exposed position below the summit of Hardknott Pass.

Hare Hill, near Banks village, is a short section of Hadrian’s Wall which stands at a height of almost 9 feet. The core of the wall is original but later re-facing has been done on the exterior surfaces.

A Roman milecastle on the western side of the River Irthing gorge is part of a well-preserved section of Hadrian’s Wall, stretching for over a mile across the east Cumbrian hills. Harrow’s Scar is connected to Birdoswald Roman Fort, one of the most important forts of its kind along the wall.

A pair of turrets that formed part of the Hadrian’s Wall defences, Leahill Turret was built around 122AD and is approximately 13.5 feet by 14.5 feet across.

The turret is constructed independently of the wall (i.e. it is not built into the wall itself, but stands beside it as a freestanding structure).

Poltross is one of the best preserved milecastles along Hadrian's Wall. The interior is 21.5 metres by 18.5 metres in size. Within the milecastle are remains of an oven, and a section of a stair leading up to the ramparts of the Wall.

Remains of a Roman bath house associated with the fort of Glannaventa can be found in Ravenglass. Though there is little to see of the fort, plenty of the bath house remains to explore. The walls stand to over 12 feet in height, making the bath house one of the tallest surviving Roman sites in northern England.

Whether you are looking for Lake District attractions, or somewhere special to stay, you will be spoilt for choice in the Lake District.

If you are planning to visit the Lake District in April, you can choose from a wide range of events throughout the area.

On Friday 1st April, the Arnside Country Market will be held from 9.30am-11.30am and offers a choice of delicious home baking, home-made jams, cakes and chutneys. On the same day the Made in Cumbria Farmers Market will be held in Carlisle and offers an excellent choice of local produce.

On Saturday 2nd April, the Antique & Collectors Fair will take place in Cockermouth from 10am to 4pm. Featuring antiques, collectables, fine jewellery, furniture, vintage china etc, the fair attracts visitors from all over the region.

On 5th April, the Cartmel Walking for Health event will take place at the entrance to Cartmel Race Course near Grange-over-Sands.

The Kendal Gilbert & Sullivan Society present Savoy opera, the Gondoliers from 6th-9th April, 2016 at 7.30pm at Kendal Town Hall.

Birdwatch at Brockhole identifies birds and animals in the woodland surrounding the Lake District Visitor Centre at 11am on 6th of April.

The Milnthorpe Farmers Market will take place on Friday, 8th April from 9.30am to 2.30pm and on the second Friday of each month.

From Friday 8th April to Saturday, 9th April, Alexander’s Beer Festival will take place at the Function House, Castle Green Hotel from 4pm to 11pm. Great local beers, food and live entertainment will feature.

The Levens Choir Concert will take place on 9th April at Cartmel Priory near Grange-over-Sands at 7.30pm and will feature mostly English music from the early 20th century.

On Tuesday 12th April, the Kendal Jazz Club will be performing at Hawkshead Brewery and Beery Hall in Staveley at 8pm.

A Glamorous Gardens tour will take place at Brockhole on Wednesday 13 April where visitors can Brockhole’s gardener for an informal walk and talk around the beautiful and historic gardens.

Cartmel Food Market will be held on Friday, 15th April at Unsworth’s Yard, Cartmel Village near Grange-over-Sands from 10am to 4pm and will feature the finest food from Cartmel and the Lake District.

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Fish Supper will take place on Friday 15th April at Ravenglass Station at 6pm. Fish and chips will be served at Dalegarth Station.

An Antique & Collectors Fair will be held in Keswick Methodist Church Hall from 10am-4pm on 16th April and will include antiques, collectables, curios and crafts.

A celebration of Simon and Garfunkel will be held on Friday 22nd April at the Memorial Hall in Burton-in-Kendal at 8pm.

On Saturday 23rd April to Sunday 24th April, St George’s Day events will take place on the Playing Fields at Grange-over-Sands. Activities will include the Fire Brigade, birds of prey and fairground rides etc.

The Craft & Shopping Fair will be held in Lazonby Viillage Hall on 24th April from 10am to 4pm.

Prom Art 2016 will take place on Sunday 24th April along the promenade at Grange-over-Sands with over 80 stalls selling arts and crafts.

The Kendal Made in Cumbria Farmers Market will be held on Friday 29th April and is the oldest known market in Cumbria.

The Kirkby Lonsdale Beer and Music Festival will take place at Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC on 29th April and will offer 15 varieties of traditional and fruit cider, cask ales and live music.

From Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Family Fun Weekend will take place at Ravenglass Station and Dalegarth Station.

Click here for more information about all the above-mentioned events in the Lake District.

The Lake District National Park is located in north-west England and is famous for its stunning scenery made up of lakes, mountains and forests.

Famous former residents of the Lake District were poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and children´s author, Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) who were inspired to write some of their most famous poems and stories while living in the region.

Wordsworth´s former houses, Dove Cottage at Ambleside and Rydal Mount can still be visited today, as can the former house of Beatrix Potter, Hill Top at Sawrey.

Historically shared by the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, the Lake District now lies within the county of Cumbria. All the land higher than 3,000 feet above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, which is the highest mountain in England at 978 metres. The deepest and longest lakes are also situated in the Lake District – Wastwater and Windermere.

The Lake District was designated as a National Park in 1951, and the area covers 885 square miles.

Animals and birds which inhabit the Lake District include Red Deer, Red Squirrel, Herdwick Sheep, the Fell Pony, the Arctic Charr and the Peregrine Falcon.

Tourism in the Lake District was first evident in Victorian times when wealthy visitors would arrive to breathe in the fresh country air, which they felt was beneficial to their health. Many bought houses overlooking Windermere which still stand today.

The Kendal and Windermere Railway was the first railway to be built in the Lake District, reaching Kendal in 1846 and Windermere in 1847. The line was then extended to reach Coniston and Penrith, through Keswick and Cockermouth. The line to Lakeside in Windermere was opened in 1869 to cater to a huge influx of visitors.

The annual number of visitors to the Lake District is 15.8 million and 23.1 million day visitors.

Friendly local experts are on hand at Bowness-on-Windermere Information Centre, Keswick Information Centre and Ullswater Information centre to give visitors information about things to do and places to visit in the Lake District.

Lake District facts

  • Storr´s Hall was built by John Bolton who dealt exclusively in the slave trade. The slaves were said to have been kept in cellars in Storr´s Hall until buyers could be found for them.
  • Windermere and Bowness were the second part of England to have electric street lighting, which was supplied by a hydro-electric plant at Troutbeck Bridge. The first was Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • In 1895 Windermere was frozen over for 6 weeks, making it possible to walk from one side to the other. The lake also froze over in 1864, 1946 and 1963.
  • The Lake District National Park is one of 15 National Parks in the UK. The others are: Brecon Beacons, the Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, Northumberland, North York Moors,
  • Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs, the Yorkshire Dales, the Broads and the New Forest.
  • Amazingly, the only official lake in the Lake District is Bassenthwaite Lake – all the others are either ´waters´ or ´meres.´

The Lake District National Park has a host of attractions to suit all ages, from adventure playgrounds, to stately homes, castles, parks and gardens. Culture vultures can enjoy strolling around the Museum of Lakeland life and see how former residents of the Lake District lived. There are plenty of walks around the region, from challenging hikes to easy, flat lake shore walks.

Choose from spa hotels in Windermere to romantic cottages in Bowness and enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds them along the wayalong the way.

The World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness attracts almost as many adults as children and over 20% of visitors are Japanese.

Beatrix Potter was not only one of the UK’s most famous children’s authors and illustrators but is almost a ‘legend’ in Japan where most children are bought up on her books.

A visit to The World of Beatrix Potter transports visitors on a journey through the life and work of the author, who set most of her children´s books in the Lake District, where she grew up.

Providing great fun for all the family, the show begins with a short film, introducing visitors to all 23 of Beatrix Potter´s tales. Next you are taken through indoor re-creations of Beatrix Potter tales, including Mr Tod´s underground home and Jemima Puddle-Duck´s woodland glade. A trip through Peter Rabbit´s Garden follows, and visitors then find themselves in the magical kitchen of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. Virtual walks follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, and Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny are brought to life in 3-D.

Hill Top Farm Sawrey the Lake District

The inspiration for many of Beatrix Potter´s tales, Hill Top Farm is the 17th Century farmhouse where the author bought in 1905. It was initially used as a holiday home and later a permanent residence. Many of her ´treasures´ are still on display, and Hill Top Farm was the model for Samuel Whiskers illustrations and many others included in her books. A shop specialises in Beatrix Potter gifts and Hill Top was recreated for the major hit film, Miss Potter, which was released in December, 2006. Visitors are welcome to look around the farm and get a feel of how Beatrix Potter lived and worked in the early 1900s.

Each room contains something that appeared in her books, and when she died, she left the house to the National Trust, on the condition that the general public could look around it and that the house remained exactly as she left it. For Beatrix Potter fans, this is one attraction not to miss.

Beatrix Potter Gallery Hawkshead the Lake District

Hawkshead was where Beatrix Potter´s husband, William Heelis had a solicitor´s practice. The practice can still be viewed, along with information about the author´s later life, including sheep farming, conservation and her support for the National Trust.

The gallery is also home to original illustrations and paintings from The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, and a display of the materials used in the film, Miss Potter. Free children´s activity sheets are also available.

The Life and Times of Beatrix Potter and the Lake District

Beatrix Potter became famous after writing her children´s books featuring animal characters such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck, but she was also well known in the Lake District for her conservation and mycology work (mycology being the study of fungi).

Born in London on July 28th, 1866, to strict parents, Beatrix Potter grew up isolated from other children and was educated by governesses at home. Beatrix had one brother, Bertram, who was educated at boarding school, which left his sibling very much home alone with her many pets. She had two rabbits called Benjamin and Peter (an inspiration for her later books), frogs, newts, ferrets and a pet bat.

Spring is one of the best times to visit Bowness-on-Windermere and you will find a wealth of things to see and do around the town.

This thriving town is situated beside Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England, and offers visitors a wide range of things to see and do. In addition to boasting some of the best spa hotels in the Lake District, Bowness-on-Windermere is home to hundreds of quirky shops, restaurants, country pubs and some excellent cultural and historical attractions. If you are planning a trip to the Lake District for the first time, or you are looking for a weekend break or a late deal in the region, check out Bowness.

The views from Bowness across Lake Windermere and over to the mountains are some of the best in the Lake District, and the wide range of things to see and do is endless.

Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy golf, walking, hiking, climbing, water-skiing and sailing, or simply cruising down the lake on one of the authentic steam boats. If you prefer to take things a little bit easier, visit the 15th Century church of St Martin´s, which is situated in a beautiful part of the town.

The Windermere Steamboat Centre in Rayrigg Road, houses a unique collection of historic steamboats and motorboats, and special events throughout the season include the British Classic Motorboat, Model Boat and Steamboat Rally.

Bowness is popular with all ages as there is so much to do, and the focus is firmly put on the lakeshore of Bowness Bay. Here you can hire a rowing boat, sail on the steamer or enjoy a leisurely stroll around Lake Windermere, which is also the longest (nearly 11 miles) and deepest lake in England at 67 metres.

Elsewhere in Bowness you will find the World of Beatrix Potter, which provides a great day out for the kids. This is a magical recreation of Beatrix Potter´s books, where you can meet Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and all the characters from her famous stories.

Bowness-on-Windermere and William Wordsworth

Well known to the poet, William Wordsworth, Bowness-on-Windermere was frequently visited by several writers and authors. The White Lion pub, which is now the Royal Hotel was a favourite hostelry of Wordsworth´s, and it was mentioned in ´The Prelude.´ The poet also used the ferry to cross Lake Windermere, and mentioned this in some of his most famous works. A car ferry still crosses the lake between Ferry Nab and Ferry House, and provides a convenient approach to the western side of the lake and the villages of Hawkshead and Sawrey.

Bowness attractions

One of the most popular attractions near Bowness is Blackwell – the Arts and Crafts House. This Grade 1 listed building opened in 2001, and was designed by MH Baillie Scott between 1897 and 1900 as a family home. Overlooking Lake Windermere, the house now serves as a public gallery for craft and applied arts.

Bowness pubs are legendary. Try the New Hall Inn, commonly known as the Hole in t´Wall Pub, which received its nickname after a thirsty blacksmith next door had a hole knocked in the pub wall to facilitate his access to beer while he was working. The old blacksmith´s shop is now part of the pub and the beamed ceilings and slate floors add to the atmosphere of bygone days.

Luxury hotels and cottages in Bowness is among the most sought after in the Lake District.

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“Arrived here once again, room always ready, lovely, clean and comfortable. Staff nice and friendly too! We liked our room so much – we relaxed all day then popped out for a meal then came back - lovely and warm comfortable bed and a great night’s sleep.”

One couple who spent their mini-moon with us said:

“Our short stay at this fantastic hotel was a mini moon just after our wedding. After a long day of travelling we were greeted by lovely staff, who were talkative and very welcoming. We had room service which was very yummy and the room was fantastic. We stayed in the Love Suite, which was well presented and very clean. We were a little worried about accessibility after the recent floods but everything was in easy reach and the hotel was easy to find with the help of a satnav. Overall a brilliant escape and well worth the price tag.”

Another couple commented on the facilities:

“We stayed for one night in early December in the Love Haven Suite. The room was amazing! It had 2 floors with a super king sized bed, jacuzzi, steam room shower and an outdoor area with a hot tub. Very luxurious! The staff were very friendly and the breakfast was delicious. We also used the pool, sauna and steam room which were also great!

"I can't recommend this hotel enough if you're staying in the Lakes!”

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If you are planning to visit the Lakes and you want to explore by car, you will find a vast choice of stunning drives with spectacular views.

Seven of the best drives in the Lake District include:

Kendal to Windermere

This drive will take you around the south east corner of the Lakes, and takes in some fantastic attractions, and offers some amazing views. If you enjoy walking around historic houses or relaxing in the gardens, visit the stately homes of Bowness and Kendal, also marvel at the Cartmel peninsula and enjoy all of the attractions on the shore of England´s largest lake, Windermere. The drive is just over 48 miles in length.

Coniston to Eskdale via the Duddon Valley

This drive is not for the faint-hearted and includes plenty of challenging mountain roads, but also offers glimpses of some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. Enjoy stopping off at one of a number of historic attractions, and also find out more about bygone industries in the area. The whole route is 42 miles long. Penrith to the Middle Eden Valley

A drive around Penrith and the Eden Valley will take you through many picturesque villages and hamlets, and also en route you will see plenty of historic monuments and attractions. The whole route is 48 miles in length.

Ambleside to Coniston via Windermere

A drive from Ambleside to Coniston via Windermere will take in many local attractions near the great lake, including the Beatrix Potter Attraction and a number of locations associated with the famous children´s author who once resided in the Lake District. The whole trip is just over 37 miles long.

Ulverston to the Furness Peninsula via Barrow

If you drive from Ulverston to the Furness Peninsula via Barrow you will see plenty of landmarks which illustrate the bygone age of industry in the Lake District, including steel manufacture and ship building. Also visit Furness Abbey and enjoy amazing coastal views en route. The route is just over 44 miles in total.

Ambleside to Ullswater via Keswick

The main Lake District route from Ambleside to Keswick is a journey well worth taking. A return via Ullswater and Kirkstone Pass comes highly recommended and you will pass many of the Lake District´s most famous lakes en route. Many of the locations you will pass are linked to famous poet, William Wordsworth who lived most of his life in the lakes, and found inspiration for his most famous poems from the breathtaking scenery. The route is 48 miles long.

Keswick to Buttermere via Borrowdale

This beautiful drive takes in the amazing Keswick and Derwent Water, then passes through the breathtaking valley of Borrowdale, up over Honister Pass to Buttermere and through Newlands Valley. The trip is 33 miles in total.

Take your time to explore the Lake District at your own pace and enjoy some of the best countryside and coastal drives in the UK.

Congratulations to Audrey Sharples who has won 3 nights in the Aphrodite's Log cabin in our fantastic December competition!

Banish the post-festive blues and win a FREE 3 night midweek stay for 2 people in January in our luxury Aphrodite’s Log Cabin, to include champagne on arrival, breakfast in bed and spa treatments up to a value of £100!

Just add your Email address to our Newsletter tab at the top of the home page of Rose Cottage website or to the ‘Sign up for Deals’ tab at the top of the Aphrodite’s home page, and you will be automatically entered into our competition.

Do you fancy 3 days in one of Windermere’s most luxurious spa hotels, absolutely free of charge? Then why not enter our Fantastic Aphrodite’s December Giveaway Competition?

The Competition winner can also pre-book spa treatments up to a value of £100 free of charge to enjoy during their midweek break.

From 1 December, you can enter the most ‘talked about competition’ in the Lake District.

Our luxurious Log Cabin is a romantic haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and the perfect place to recharge your batteries after Christmas.

Stunning facilities include a luxury spa bathroom with a large aqua spa massage bath for two, a steam enclosure, an ornate king sized bed, a log burning stove and outdoor hot tub. An outdoor garden area a TV with Cinema Experience make this a perfect place to stay for a special midweek break in the Lakes.

Situated in the beautiful garden area surrounded by fencing for extra privacy, this suite boasts a luxury spa bathroom and stunning facilities - perfect for a romantic stay in the Lakes.

How to Enter and Competition Rules
  • To enter the Aphrodite’s December Giveaway Competition, please enter your email address in the ‘newsletter’ tab at the top of the home page of the Rose Cottage website or in the ‘Sign up for Deals’ tab at the top of the Aphrodite’s website. By doing this you will agree to receive newsletters from us for the next 12 months
  • The competition will run from 1 December to 31 December, 2015. The winner will be announced on 2 January, 2016 and informed by email before 12 noon
  • The Prize is for a 3 night stay for 2 people in the Aphrodite’s Log Cabin, to be taken in January, 2016 (dates subject to availability)
  • The winner will be chosen at random by our competition system on 2 January, 2016
  • Competition entrants must be over 21 years of age
  • The winners agree to send us a photo after they have been chosen to use on the website and social media, including Facebook and Twitter
  • The booking and date are non-transferable
  • Prize winners agree to give us their full name, address and phone number to confirm booking
  • Good Luck!!

With the Christmas countdown well and truly underway, many of our thoughts in the UK will be turning to mince pies, Christmas carols, roast turkey and Brussel sprouts.

Every country celebrates the festive season differently and some of the most unusual traditions worldwide include: KFC Christmas in Japan

If you think sushi may be on the menu in Japan over Christmas, think again.

After a cutting-edge marketing campaign which began in Japan in 1974, Kentucky Fried Chicken has been associated with Christmas.

The Colonel´s famous chicken is eaten widely throughout Japan over the Christmas period. Over 240,000 barrels of the stuff will be sold during Christmas – almost 10 times its normal monthly sales.

The ´Caganer´ in Catalonia, Spain

Strange but true, the Catalonian ´Caganer´ is a figure of a Catalan man wearing traditional clothes, squatting with his trousers around his ankles. Dating back to the 18th century, his poo is a sign of good luck as it is said to fertilise the earth and ensure a good harvest for the coming year.

Closely associated is the ´Caga Tió´ which is a small log with a smiley face wearing a traditional Catalan hat. Small children ´feed´ the ´Caga Tio´ with nougat and fudge and keep it warm under a blanket so that he will ´poo´ out lots of treats on Christmas Eve.

Saint Nicholas and the Devil in Austria

A traditional Christmas story is told in Austria every 4 December. Saint Nicholas is said to visit children along with the devil. The two ask the children if they have been good or bad. If the children say they have been bad, the devil tries to strike them with a stick. St. Nicholas sends them running so he can protect them from the devil. On December 6, St. Nicholas´ Day, good children receive fruits, sweets and toys.

Midnight mass is held on Christmas Eve and a traditional meal is baked carp. A nativity scene is displayed in most homes.

Shoe-tossing in the Czech Republic

Single people in the Czech Republic who are looking for a partner stand with their backs to the door on Christmas Day and toss a shoe over their shoulders. If the shoe lands pointing to the door they will get married soon. If not, they will have to wait until next year.

Remembrance in Finland

Families in Finland enjoy a day of remembrance on Christmas Eve when they visit the graves of their ancestors and light candles. Cemeteries throughout Finland are lit up, presenting a beautiful and emotional scene.

Saving the Goat in Sweden

In 1966, a 13 metre tall goat was made of straw and erected in Gavle town square. The goat went up in flames at midnight on Christmas Eve. Local carried on building the goat, year after year while vandals continued to burn it down. By 2011 the Gavle goat had been burned down 25 times, including in 2001 when a USA tourist was jailed for the offence.

If you are looking for somewhere special in the UK to relax after the festive season, check out our luxurious spa hotel with hot tub suites in Windermere.

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, attracting an average of 16 million visitors each year, and New Year is a special time to visit.

If you want to get away from it all after a busy festive season, and avoid the summer crowds, book a New Year Break in the Lake District.

Whether you want to base yourself in Windermere, Kendal, Appleby or Keswick, you will find plenty of things to see and do in January.

Make it a break to remember and book a luxury hotel in the Lake District or a spa hotel in Windermere to welcome the New Year in style.

A huge range of accommodation is available in the Lake District, and you can make the most of luxury suites with hot tubs, award winning restaurants and cosy country pubs.

The Lake District is also famous for its food, including local lamb, Cumberland sausages and Westmorland rabbit. A wide choice of restaurants and cafés serve everything from local specialities to fine dining. Book a hotel which includes breakfast in the room rate and enjoy traditional, hearty Cumbrian fare.

The Lake District offers a wide choice of outdoor activities from fell walking to mountain biking and fell walking. If you want to relax, book a spa hotel in the Lake District or a hotel with hot tub suites.

Fresh air, open spaces, tranquillity and sumptuous suites with hot tubs entice visitors to the Lakes in winter. Windermere in particular is a perfect place to wind down and chill out after the Christmas festivities.

Remember to pack your walking boots and a warm jacket if you plan to walk the fells or cruise across Windermere. Dramatic scenery and stunning lakes combine with some of the best indoor attractions in England to suit all ages. The local tourist office will be able to give you help and advice about walking routes and attractions, or ask at your hotel reception.

Plan ahead by checking out what is open in January and arrange your itinerary so you don´t have to waste time when you arrive. If you want to leave the car at home, check out the Settle to Carlisle Railway which is easy to connect to and passes through much of the Eden Valley. Stop off at towns and villages on the way.

The Armitt Museum combines a library and a museum and offers fun, art and entertainment for all ages. The Armitt offers a superb collection of books and manuscripts, drawings and paintings and archaeological objects which relate to a gallery of famous Lake District characters.

The whole area is also easily accessed via the M6 and A66 motorways if you plan to drive.

If you are planning a romantic break or you want to celebrate a special occasion, there is no better destination in England than the Lake District. Take your time to explore, book a Mountain Goat Tour or book a cruise across Windermere from Bowness Bay.

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Winter is fast approaching in Windermere and this is one of the best times to visit the Lake District if you want an idyllic break in a peaceful location.

It may be chilly out on the fells, but we offer a warm welcome, and a choice of fabulous suites with their very own hot tubs, mood lighting, whirlpool baths and much more.

The Aphrodite´s Hotel is situated in a tranquil setting just minutes away from the country pubs, restaurants and cafés of Bowness Bay, where visitors can take a trip across Windermere on a Steamer. There is a tourist information centre at Bowness Bay where guests can find out where to go and what to do in the region.

If you want to enjoy the countryside, take a hike up Orrest Head at the top of Windermere. The climb is quite steep but it only takes around 20 minutes to reach the top, and the views over the lake are stunning. You can also stop off at different places of interest if you take a boat tour of the lake, and whether you want to hike around the shoreline or enjoy the attractions of Bowness Bay you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do.

Grasmere, just 8 miles north of Windermere was described by William Wordsworth as: “The loveliest spot that man hath ever found.” Wordsworth fans can take a trip to Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Ambleside, and also tour Rydal Mount and Gardens, where the famous poet spent much of his working life, plus see Hawkshead Grammar School, where he first studied.

Founded in 1891, The Wordsworth Trust secured Dove Cottage ´for eternal possessions of all those who loved English poetry, all over the world.’ Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District, The Wordsworth Museum tells the fascinating story of one of England´s finest poets, and his love of the Lake District.

Rydal Mount nestles between Lake Windermere, the Lake District fells and Rydal Water, and was Wordsworth´s favourite home between 1813 and 1850. Visitors can wander through the house, which is still owned by the descendants of the famous poet.

Kendal, which lies 7 miles to the east of Windermere, boasts plenty of great attractions to suit all tastes and budgets, including:

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, where visitors can enjoy works of art in this beautiful Georgian villa on the edge of the Lake District. The gallery also offers a range of educational activities, lectures and events, to keep the whole family entertained.

Winter is a great time to visit Windermere if you want to escape the summer crowds, and enjoy the very best of the fells, the attractions and the stunning lakeside scenery.

Alfred Wainwright was born in 1907 in Lancashire where he was later educated. The most eventful part of his life began in 1930 when he first toured the Lake District. He completely fell in love with the area and made it a lifelong project to explore the Lakes more intricately.

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For those who want to experience nature at its best, the Lake District is a stunning part of England.

To enjoy the Lakes at their best, why not go fell walking? This brings you close to nature and emerges you in the fauna and flora that is found in the Lake District National Park. You can find many guides that will help you explore the lakes, but the most notable ones were written by Alfred Wainwright.

In 1941 Wainwright took the role of the treasurer in Westmorland so that he could be close to the fells. He worked in that position until 1962 when he retired. He started working on his first book that would become the most elaborate guide to the fells in 1952.

His books included pictures of the Lake District as well as descriptions of different areas within the park. Alfred Wainwright’s books continue to be read by millions of people.

His works are called the pictorial guides to the Lakeland Fells. He originally wrote the guide for himself but after a few people saw it and loved it; he decided to publish it. His friend Henry Marshall, chief librarian at Kendal, was the energy behind this book and he helped Wainwright with the publicity.

Alfred Wainwright has written 20 guide books, nine books with illustrations and a host of autobiographies and stories. His most notable story is the fell wanderer which was released in 1966. He is also accredited with creating a map of Westmorland which is still used by walkers and hikers who want to visit the Lake District Park.

Following completion of the guides, Wainwright worked on a guidebook about the Pennine Way and then in 1973 devised and wrote about a long distance walk he had created from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay, entitled A Coast to Coast Walk. This trail has subsequently become one of the most walked routes in the United Kingdom, if not in the world.

Between 1965 and 1990 Wainwright created a further 50 books, either guidebooks or sketchbooks of areas mainly in northern England and Scotland.

Alfred Wainwright died in 1991 at Kendal Green Hospital, near his home, but his works continues to inspire and assist other fell walkers to explore the Lake District.

The walks he features in his guides have become known as ‘The Wainwrights’. His guides have sold over 2 million copies over the decades.

A memorial to Alfred Wainwright can be found in the church at Buttermere and his ashes were scattered above the village of his favourite mountain, Haystacks.

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Whether you are looking for family fun, a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the city or a romantic weekend, you will find plenty of places to visit in the Lake District.

The Lakes has plenty to offer visitors from different parts of the world. Breathtaking landscapes, picnic sites and other attractions await you in the Lake District.

Below are 10 of the best places to visit:

Hilltop, Beatrix Potter’s House

This is one of the best places to visit while in the Lake District. The 17th century farmhouse in Sawrey was owned by children’s author, Beatrix Potter who wrote most of her books here. The house has been well maintained by the National Trust and still looks the same as when she lived there.

Dove Cottage

Renowned poet, William Wordsworth used to live in this cottage from 1799 to 1808. It contains manuscripts and original furniture plus well-kept gardens and a museum. You can also visit Wordsworth’s grave nearby in St Oswald’s Church. Relax with tea and refreshments in the adjoining café.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster is situated in Ravenglass. It covers an area of about 70 acres of landscaped gardens and is also home to an Owl Centre. Muncaster is allegedly haunted and ghost tours are available to brave souls who dare book a night time visit. A great family attraction during the day.

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House

Blackwell, the arts and crafts house is one of England’s most famous houses. The stunning property contains many pieces of art that span centuries. Visitors can also enjoy the stunning gardens at Blackwell and the breath-taking scenery around Bowness.

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Brockhole is a perfect place for a family outing as it presents visitors with amazing experiences. Enjoy the gardens, rich with different fauna and flora or you spend your time at the beautifully created sports ground. A great place to bring the kids with plenty of things to see and do. If you are feeling adventurous, Go Ape offers zip lines and tree top walks across the park.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Take a cruise across Windermere and enjoy the priceless views of the fells, the mountains and the islands. The cruise is very comfortable and quiet. You get time to reflect of different views and relax while sailing across England’s largest lake. The Lakes Aquarium in Bowness is also worth visiting.

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Steam Railway at Ravenglass & Eskadale

Go for a train ride and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way; the Ravenglass to Dalegarth railway stretches about 7 miles and you can enjoy stunning scenery along the way.

The Lakes Aquarium

The Lakes Aquarium is located at Lake Windermere and includes a re-created journey below Windermere and a Seashore discovery zone. View a wide range of fish and amphibians local to the area and also explore the continents of Asia, Africa and the Tropical Rain Forest.

Honister Slate Mine

This is England’s last remaining working slate mine where visitors can enjoy a choice of attractions. Get to see how the mine operates and enjoy some great views from the cliff-edge.

South Lakes Animal Park

Get close up and personal with penguins and giraffes at this wildlife zoo. There are big cats too and a wide array of animals from different parts of the world.

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The Lake District is blessed with a number of amazing lakes that keep millions of visitors flocking back each year. Each of these lakes is different and offers a unique experience to visitors:

Bassenthwaite

Lying between Cockermouth and Keswick is Bassenthwaite which is considered one of the major lakes in the Lake District. There are very good views over the lake and tourists normally climb to the elevated areas where they can view the stunning surroundings. It also has a bird sanctuary where visitors can view wildlife.

Brothers Water

Brothers Water Lake lies between Ambleside and Ullswater and is one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District. It is however a fun place to visit for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors in the Lake District.

Buttermere

Buttermere is a perfect place for a lake side stroll or a picnic. When you want real adventure in the Lake District, you should put this spectacular lake in your travel itinerary. If you are feeling energetic, climb the Honister Pass and enjoy stunning views of the region.

Coniston

Take a steam gondola around the lake and hear stories about Donald Campbell and how he broke the world speed record on these waters. Campbell sadly lost his life in an attempt to break the record in 1967.

Crummock Water

Crummock Water is found near Grasmere. Experience breathtaking views. There are steep sided valleys all around this lake which adds to their natural beauty. Enjoy stunning waterfalls.

Derwentwater

Dubbed the water sport capital of the entire Lake District, Derwentwater offers boat hire, water sports and a lively marina. A great family day out with plenty to see and do for all ages.

Windermere

Windermere is the largest lake in England. Enjoy a range of outdoor activities for visitors including water sports, boats, museums and family outings. Romantic hotels in Windermere offer hot tub suites, full spa facilities and luxurious bathrooms.

Ennerdale

Ennerdale is a beautiful lake located on the western side of the Lake District National Park. Enjoy nature walks around the lake and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Grasmere

Famous poet and author, William Wordsworth’s house, Dove Cottage is located in Grasmere and can still be viewed by the public. Don’t forget to sample the famous Grasmere gingerbread if you visit this picturesque town.

Ullswater

This is a large lake that is located in the north east side of the Lake District. The lake side offers good nature walks. Enjoy the plants and trees that are found in this part of the park. A notable place to visit is Dalemain, a Georgian home that offers an insight into the history of the Lake District.

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As the largest National Park in England, the Lake District attracts over 16 million visitors each year. Some of the most interesting facts and figures about this beautiful part of England include:

  • Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, at 3,210 feet
  • The longest lake is Windermere, at 10.5 miles, and the deepest, Wastwater at 243 feet
  • In the heavy rains of 2009, Windermere rose by 157cm
  • The only official lake is Bassenthwaite Lake, as all the others are ´meres´ or ´waters.´
  • The main 14 lakes in the region cover 5,669 hectares in total
  • The Lake District National Park was established in 1951
  • Nearly 16 million people visited the Lake District in 2010
  • Seathwaite is the wettest inhabited place in England, with average rainfall of 3,552mm
  • The Lake District has over 6,000 archaeological sites and monuments, dating from prehistory to WW2, 1,740 listed buildings and 21 conservation areas
  • Helvellyn´s Striding Edge, with steep drops on either side of a narrow ridge, has been filmed and photographed countless times for books and TV programmes
  • William Wordsworth is buried in St. Oswald´s Churchyard in Grasmere, along with his wife, Mary and his beloved sister, Dorothy
  • Hardknott is the best preserved Roman fort in the UK. The fort was built 260 metres above sea level, near the Roman road which leads from the coast over the Hardknott and Wrynose passes
  • Famous social reformer and art critic, John Ruskin lived at Brantwood, beside Lake Coniston. Ruskin was one of the region´s most influential residents, and declared that the beauty of the Lake District should be preserved for all to enjoy
  • The first books written by famous children´s author and Lake District resident, Beatrix Potter were rejected by the publishers
  • 20% of all visitors to Hill Top, former home of Beatrix Potter, are from Japan
  • Graphite was first discovered in the hills around Keswick in the 16th Century, and when the pencil was invented it led to the development of a massive industry in the Lake District. Today, the Cumberland Pencil Museum sits on the site of the original factory
  • The Castlerigg Stone Circle is an ancient monument with 38 stones, some of which are 8 feet high. The stones stand in an oval shape, which is approximately 100 feet in diameter, with ten more stones shaped like a rectangle inside. No one knows the real purpose of this fascinating monument
  • Thirlmere´s water is carried by a 96 mile aqueduct, and provides water to nearly 1 million homes in Manchester. Previously there had been two small tarns called Leathes Water and Wythburn Water which were connected by a small stream. An Act of Parliament was passed so the lake could be created. The aqueduct was connected up in 1894
  • Lake District fields and fells are separated from each other by dry stone walls, and no cement is used in the construction of the walls. It is a skilled job to fix or repair the walls, and the National Trust is determined to stick to the traditional methods of dry stone walling

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The Lake District offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK. Whether you want a romantic weekend away to celebrate a special occasion or a midweek break in a spa hotel, you will be well catered for in the Lake District.

The top lakes to visit during your stay include:

Windermere

Windermere is undoubtedly the pearl of the Lake District, and is the longest lake in England at 10.5 miles. You are spoilt for choice with the vast amount of accommodation available in Windermere, and you can choose from spa hotels and romantic hotels in Windermerep>. Windermere is a magnet for tourists and the surrounding area offers visitors a wide range of attractions and great things to do for the family. You can also find the perfect hotels in Windermere for romantic breaks, and late deals. Take a cruise down Windermere, or visit the house of Beatrix Potter. Brockholes Visitor centre is also worth a visit, along with Bowness, Newby Bridge, Scafell, Ambleside, Grasmere and Forest Park. The Blackwell Arts and Crafts Centre is also within easy reach. Visit the Old Man of Windermere at Dow Crag if you enjoy walking and hiking.

Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite is close to Keswick and is home to a fantastic nature reserve, which provides educational tours for all the family. Other attractions in Bassenthwaite include: Trotters World of Animals, the historic house and gardens at Mirehouse, the Whinlatter Forest Park with its adventure playgrounds and forest trails, plus the nearby towns of Keswick and Cockermouth. If you want to explore the great outdoors, take a trip to Skiddaw, which is the main fell in the area, and either enjoy a gentle walk around the area or climb to the top and you can enjoy incredible views of the surrounding countryside. Bassenthwaite is also a popular spot for sailing enthusiasts, and whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, you can enjoy the local lakes to the full.

Buttermere

Often understated, Buttermere is a beautiful lake in the north-west of the Lake District. Now owned by the National Trust, Buttermere is situated among green pastures and hillsides which lead down to the lake, and provide the perfect family day out. With several farms, a church and a youth hostel, Buttermere also provides a wide range of accommodation including romantic hotels and themed hotels nearby. Attractions around Buttemere include walks and hikes around Pillar, High Stile and Red Pike, plus Grasmoor and Honister Slate Mine are close by. Enjoy a tranquil stay at Buttermere and take your time to look around the picturesque villages, fens, lakes and landscapes that make up the Lake District.

Coniston Water

Coniston Water enjoys a tranquil and peaceful setting, and attracts visitors from all over England. Although the lake was made famous by Donald Campbell after he tried, and failed to break the world speed record in 1967, there is much more to Coniston Water than meets the eye. Nearby Brantwood House is well worth a visit, and several boat trips on the water are available including Coniston Launch and the Steam Yacht Gondola. Take a trip to the Ruskin Museum and the Grizedale Forest Park just to the east of Coniston.

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Cheltenham may be famous for the Cheltenham Festival, but if you are planning to book a break in the Cotswolds, you will find plenty of other attractions nearby.

Bourton House Garden

If you are a lover of the countryside, Bourton House Garden is situated in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Hill. The award-winning garden surrounds a fine 18th century Manor House and features stunning topiary and a vast range of exotic plants. If you plan to spend the day at Bourton House, enjoy home-made cakes and pastries in the Grade 1 listed, 16th century, Tithe Barn.

Tewkesbury Heritage Centre

Tewkesbury Heritage Centre is situated in a restored 17th century building. Portable guides and interactive games create fun and entertainment for all the family, while detailing the fascinating local history. From Tewkesbury’s earliest settlers to the Civil War and the industrial revolution to today, the heritage centre is perfect for enthusiasts of history and local culture.

Hot Air Ballooning in the Cotswolds

Hot Air Ballooning in the Cotswolds offers you the chance to get a bird’s eye view of the areas of outstanding natural beauty in Gloucestershire. Drift over the Cotswolds landscapes and enjoy the serenity of your surroundings. Launch sites include Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bourton-on-the-Water. Flights normally take place early morning, just after dawn or early evening.

The Play Farm

If you are spending time in Cheltenham with the family, the Play Farm is a themed centre for children aged 0-12. Based at the Brewery in Cheltenham, the Play Farm offers a multi-tiered soft play structure in a safe and stimulating environment. Located in relaxing farmyard surroundings, the Farm offers dedicated play zones for babies, toddlers and older kids. Parents can relax in a comfortable environment with access to top quality food and drinks.

The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum reopened its doors to the public in 2013 and houses extensive fine art and touring exhibition galleries. Visitors can explore the highlights of the Museum’s collections, including a gallery space for renowned international Arts and Crafts. Tales of local heroes are shown in the Paper Store, including that of Edward Wilson (one of Scott’s main men on his 1912 Antarctica expedition).

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Henley-on-Thames may be famous for its annual Royal Regatta, but you will find plenty of other places to visit during your stay.

Five of the top things to do in Henley include:

Pleasure Boats

Relax on one of the pleasure boats which sail up and down the Thames and enjoy a view of Henley from the water. Regular services are operated by Hobbs of Henley, who can even organise special excursions in a wide choice of launches, including an Edwardian-style chauffeured launch, which will transport you back in time.

Wind in the Willows

Discover Wind in the Willows with Mole, Ratty and Badger in real-life 3D scenes at a special exhibition in the River and Rowing Museum. The classic story of Wind in the Willows was set around Henley’s river banks. The exhibition is a wonderful family attraction and provides fun and entertainment for kids of all ages.

Henley Bridge

The stunning Henley Bridge has 5 beautiful arches where many Olympic champions have rowed in the Henley Royal Regatta. Sir Steve Redgrave took part in the Regatta for 20 years. When crossing from the centre of town, take your time to sample the food and drink at the Little Angel, one of Henley’s most historic pubs which backs onto the cricket ground.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is Henley is a real ‘taste of England’ and the town is home to several speciality tea rooms. Upstairs and Downstairs offers a range of teas, home-made scones with clotted cream and high tea with a range of sandwiches and delicious cakes. Starched table cloths and uniformed waitresses complete take you back in time. Well worth a visit!

Midsomer Murders

Enjoy a walking tour around Henley’s Midsomer Murders film locations. Two episodes of the top TV series were filmed at the 17th century Argyll pub in the market square.

However long you plan to stay in Henley-on-Thames, take your time to enjoy the local attractions, pubs and restaurants in and around the town.

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Whether you are a keen walker or you simply enjoy taking your dog for a walk, the Lake District offers a vast choice of tracks and trails through some of the most stunning countryside in England.

Ash Landing and Claife Heights in Windermere

For the slightly hardier souls, this 7.5 mile walk begins at the car park at Ash Landing. If you are staying in Windermere you are right in the heart of the lakes and there is plenty of accommodation, attractions and shops nearby. This walk boasts incredible views, which first attracted Victorian tourists to the area. Claife Heights appeared in one of the first guide books about the lakes by Thomas West in 1778. A viewing station gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the sights through coloured glass.

Tom Gill to Tarn Hows at Coniston

This 1.6 mile walk starts at Tom Gill Car Park at Glen Mary Bridge and offers one of the most famous views of the Lake District. The path around the fell top tarn has been made accessible for buggies and mobility scooters, attracting walkers of all ages and levels of fitness. Slightly more challenging is the short steep approach to the tarn past Tom Gill Beck. Amazing views on a clear day over the fells.

Buttermere to Rannerdale

This 3 mile walk passes one of the most photographed sites in the Lake District, the trees known as the Sentinels at the southern end of Buttermere. Enjoy the pebbly beach of Crummock Water and Scale Force, which is the highest falls in the Lake District. There are plenty of easy walks around Buttermere but if you fancy more of a challenge go to Rannerdale Knotts, where the bluebells bloom every Spring.

Ambleside to Troutbeck

This walk is almost 6 miles long and starts at Market Cross in Ambleside. Keep a look out for the tallest tree in Cumbria en route, at almost 58 metres in height. If you visit between April and June, take a look round Stagshaw Gardens with an incredible display of flora and fauna. Ambleside also offers a wide choice of places to visit, from museums to quirky shops and cafés.

Friar´s Crag, Keswick

Starting at Lakeside Car Park this three quarter of a mile trek is said to be one of the most beautiful scenes in Europe. Friar´s Crag juts out into Derwentwater towards Derwent Isle. Memorials to John Ruskin and Canon Rawsley can be found near the lakeside, and this is also a great spot for stargazing at night.

Corpse Road, Loweswater

At just 3.6 miles long, and starting at Maggie´s Bridge Car Park the Corpse Road walk, so called after the road was used to transport the dead from the neighbouring villages to local burial grounds. Despite the name of the Walk, the area around Loweswater offers beautiful countryside, and Holme Force Falls are well worth seeing.

Greendale and Middle Fell in the Western Fells

This walk is 3.5 miles starting at Greendale, and this part of the Lake District offers beautiful, unspoiled countryside and relatively uncrowded paths. Enjoy the wild beauty of Wasdale and the Roman history of Eskdale. Greendale Tarn is a great place to stop off for a picnic.

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Since famous poet William Wordsworth first waxed lyrical about the Lake District in the early 1800´s the region has become synonymous with romance.

The Aphrodite´s Lodge is perfect for couples wanting to spend a romantic weekend in luxurious Windermere surroundings, while enjoying a private suite with personal hot tub, elegant decór, a four poster bed and even mood lighting. Luxury bathrooms are a feature of all the romantic suites at the hotel, which include: the Red Rose Suite, the Orchid Suite, the Love Suite, the Love Haven and the Love Nest.

All suites feature large LCD TV´s, king size beds and DVD´s plus whirlpool baths for 2 and a range of romantic facilities to make your stay extra special.

If you can drag yourselves out of your honeymoon suite, book a pampering beauty session at our spa and beauty rooms, where you can enjoy a relaxing massage, a seaweed body treatment or even a spray tanning session. Spa facilities are free to all hotel guests although beauty treatments are extra. Special pamper packages can be booked prior to arrival, along with champagne in your room, rose petals on the bed, chocolates and flowers etc., to make your honeymoon stay perfect.

Our luxury suites have been specifically designed with romance, comfort and luxury in mind, and whether you want to enjoy the privacy of your own hot tub, watch TV from the whirlpool bath or chill out on a private patio, you can do it all at the Aphrodite´s Lodge.

There are so many things to see and do in Windermere all through the year, and nearby Bowness Bay offers some of the best restaurants in the Lakes. If you enjoy a pint of real ale, visit the local country pubs or make the most of the lake with a trip on board a Windermere Steamer.

Blessed with incredible scenery and a vast choice of walking routes, Windermere is one of the most beautiful places in the UK to stretch your legs. Levels of difficulty range from easy to difficult, and whether you fancy a gentle stroll around the lake, or a more challenging hill walk, you will find plenty of choice around Windermere.

If you are looking for a romantic stay in Windermere for your honeymoon, book into the Aphrodite´s Lodge and enjoy top facilities, including private hot tubs, spa baths for 2 people, steam rooms and power showers. Log fires in winter and private patios in summer will allow you to enjoy the very best of the Lake District from your hotel suite.

If you want your honeymoon to be quiet, private and luxurious, there is no better place to spend it than at the Aphrodite´s Lodge Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere. Whatever the time of year you are planning to get married, we can make your honeymoon extra special. Check out our beautiful new romantic suites at the hotel where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the Lake District without having to leave your room!

Home to Lord and Lady Cavendish, Holker Hall is one of the most popular attractions in the Lake District.

Situated close to the coastal town of Grange-over-Sands and Morecambe Bay, Holker Hall is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and boasts magnificent gardens. A Norse word, ´Holker´ literally translates as ´a rising in marshy land´, and records show a house stood on the site as far back as the beginning of the 16th Century.

The Estate has passed on through inheritance ever since those early days, and the award winning gardens and hall have been attracting visitors from all over the world for many years. Lord and Lady Cavendish both take an active interest in protecting wildlife in the area and in maintaining the surrounding woodlands and parkland.

Every generation of owners have left their impression on the hall since the early 16th Century, and the house had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1871, which destroyed the west wing, and wiped out valuable paintings, portraits and books.

The house and gardens are open to the public, and several special events are held at the hall throughout the year.

The stunning grounds at Holker Hall include sunken gardens, grottos, and an elaborate slate sundial, and a cascade of water tumbles down from a seventeenth century marble Neptune, making this one of the most immaculate gardens in England. Lord George Cavendish planted the late 18th century ´natural´ parkland, and new features, including the arboretum, a conservatory and a large walled kitchen garden were added in the early 19th century.

One of the most incredible features of the house is the long gallery, and among the furniture are a stunning black octagonal Derbyshire polished limestone table, a regency and mahogany and satinwood desk and a display table, containing a purse belonging to the 5th Duke of Devonshire´s wife, Georgiana. Holker boasts a courtyard café, which is a great place to stop for refreshments, and two great dining rooms, which can be hired for a special occasion or corporate event.

Wherever you decide to stay in the Lake District, Holker Hall will be within easy driving distance, or accessible by public transport. Choose from a vast range of spa hotels in WindermereA, or book in to a guest house, luxury hotel or romantic hotel in the Lake District to make the most of your stay.

The Lake District in Cumbria, attracts over 16 million visitors a year who come to explore its scenic towns and villages.

Windermere is a great place to base yourself if you plan to travel around the Lake District, and there are a wide choice of spa hotels in Windermere, lake side boutique hotels and guest houses to suit all tastes and budgets.

Windermere is a beautiful location if you are planning a special celebration or a romantic weekend, and many couples choose to book their wedding or honeymoon close to the lake.

Windermere

Windermere first became known as a ´tourist resort´ when wealthy Victorians began spending weekends and leisure time in the region. They believed that the fresh mountain air was beneficial to their health, and many bought properties in the area – many of which still stand today.

Over the years the small town has merged with Bowness-on-Windermere, even though both places have completely separate centres.

Visitors can catch a train or bus from Windermere Station to most towns in the surrounding area, and the Lakes line connects with Oxenholme, for interchange with the West Coast Main Line.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre is situated in Bowness, and offers plenty of attractions for all ages.

The town is also home to a great choice of restaurants, country pubs, serving real ales and home-made Cumbrian cuisine. The famous Windermere Steamers at Bowness Bay operate the full length of Windermere.

A short walk from Windermere is Orrest Head, with its stunning views over the lake. This was the first summit in Lakeland visited by famous walker and local writer, Alfred Wainwright.

Ravenglass

Ravenglass is a small hamlet which lies on the estuary of three rivers – the Esk, the Mite and the Irt and is most famous for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway.

The railway was formerly used to bring iron ore, granite and copper ore from mines near Boot, which is 7 miles away, and is now a major tourist attraction.

Hawkshead

Still the same tiny village which was so loved by local author and poet, William Wordsworth, Hawkshead has changed little since the late 1800´s.

Cars are still banned from the village and visitors have to park on the outskirts. Although tourism is now the main industry in the village – Hawkshead Grammar was where Wordsworth went to school – the traditional inns, tea rooms and gift shops retain their original charm.

The Old Grammar School was founded in 1585 by the Archbishop of York, Edwin Sandys, and the ground floor classroom still exhibits the original desks from Wordsworth´s time there – many of which are covered in carvings by the boys.

The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead is situated in the former office of solicitor, William Heelis who married Potter in 1913, and remains largely unchanged since then.

Grasmere

Grasmere is one of the most visited villages in the Lake District, thanks mainly to Dove Cottage, the former home of William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

The village offers a wide choice of gift shops, restaurants, cafés, tea rooms and pubs, and possibly one of the most famous gingerbread shops in the world, situated at the entrance to St Oswald´s Church.

Most of the houses, shops and hostelries date back to the 19th and early 20th century, and the surrounding farms are even older. The village church dates back to the 13th Century.

William Wordsworth and his much loved sister Dorothy moved into Dove Cottage in 1799 and left in 1808 for larger premises at Allen Bank. They lived here for two years with fellow poet, Samuel Coleridge, moving to the Old Rectory, then Rydal Mount in 1813.

William died in 1850 while out walking, and his simple tombstone can be seen in the churchyard of St Oswald´s Church. A piece of land between the church and the river has also been renovated and turned into a place of peace called the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, where visitors can purchase a share and have an engraved stone set in the path.

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Famous for its lakes, its mountains and its tarns, the Lake District is the most visited National Park in England.

Some of the things you probably didn’t know about the Lake District include:

The name ´Windermere´

The word "Windermere" is thought to translate as "Vinandr's Lake", from the Old Norse name, Vinandr and Old English mere, meaning lake. It was known as "Winander Mere" or "Winandermere" until at least the nineteenth century.

Prisoner of War Camp

A prisoner of war camp as sited at Moota near Cockermouth during the Second World War. Around 1,200 Germans were held there and employed on local farms.

Torpenhow

The three elements of the name ‘Torpenhow’ all mean ‘hill' in different languages - Anglo-Saxon (‘tor'), British/Old Welsh (‘pen') and Old Norse (‘how').

Alston Moor

Silver from Alston Moor was used to make silver coins at Carlisle's Royal Mint, and Alston Moor lead was used in the roofing of Windsor Castle.

The highest town

Alston is the highest market town in England at 1,043 ft (318 m). In winter if the snow conditions are good, there are numerous ski runs to try.

Cross Fell

Cross Fell is the highest point on the Pennine fells at 893 m (2,930 ft). It used to be called Fiend's Fell because evil spirits were believed to inhabit it. St Augustine, an early Christian missionary, is said to have erected a cross on the summit, held mass and banished the howling demons. The summit was thereafter known as Cross Fell.

Miltonrigg Woods and York Minster

Oak trees from Miltonrigg Woods were used in the rebuilding of York Minster's roof after the 1984 fire.

Local Slate for the Queen

Slates from Honister grace the roofs of Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and the Ritz Hotel in London.

Wettest place in England

Seathwaite in Borrowdale is officially the wettest inhabited place in England with a mean annual rainfall of over 3 metres (120 inches). The heaviest annual rainfall ever recorded in the UK was at Sprinkling Tarn in 1954 when over 6½ metres of rain fell over the course of the year.

Dalston Cocks

Dalston’s motto is: ‘Whilst I live, I'll crow', a reference to the sport of cock-fighting which was once popular in the village. A wrought iron sculpture of a black and red cockerel sits atop the lamp base on the village green.

Wragmire Oak

The Wragmire Oak was the last tree to survive from the Forest of Inglewood and for 600 years marked the boundary between the parishes of High Hesket and St Mary's in Carlisle. After 1000 years the tree finally succumbed to old age and fell on 13 June 1823.

Twelve Men

Wreay is famous for its ‘parliament' of Twelve Men - a self-electing council responsible for the welfare of the villagers, who still meet once a year.

Orienteering

The world's first permanent orienteering course was laid out at Whinlatter in 1992.

Hawkshead Seed whigs

Hawkshead was well known for two baking specialities: Seed Whigs and Hawkshead Cakes. Seed Whigs are oblong-shaped tea cakes flavoured with caraway seeds. Hawkshead Cakes are pastries filled with currants, sugar and butter.

The Drunken Duck at Ambleside

The Drunken Duck Inn received its name after beer accidentally drained into a ditch that the local ducks frequented. The ducks lapped up the alcohol and passed into a lifeless stupor. The landlady, thinking they were dead, set about plucking them ready for the oven but soon realised what had happened. The ducks were reprieved from being roasted and given knitted jerseys and kilts to wear until their feathers grew back.

Cumbria may be most famous for its stunning countryside, lakes and mountains, but foodies are also in for a treat when they visit England’s most beautiful national park.

Typical Cumbrian fare includes delicious meats, cheeses and confectionery, unique to this stunning part of England.

Situated in the north-west of the country, Cumbria and in particular the Lake District attract thousands of visitors each year who come to enjoy the magnificent scenery and mountainous lakeside landscapes, plus enjoy some of their favourite Cumbrian food along the way.

Cumberland Sausage

Nobody knows why Cumberland Sausage is coiled instead of in the traditional links, but it is linked (excuse the pun) to the times when German miners were in Cumbria during the reign of Elizabeth I. The sausages were said to have been created to suit their taste and flavoured with spices imported into Cumberland via the major port of the time at Whitehaven.

Damson Gin

Anyone who is lucky enough to be in the Lake District in April should visit the nearby Lyth Valley where the white blossom of the damson trees is a stunning sight. Damsons are used in this part of the world to make jams and the famous local speciality, Damson gin. Most pubs sell the gin if you want to try a glass or two. The skins of the damsons are also used to dye textiles.

Kendal Mint Cake

Thought to have been invented by mistake, Kendal Mint Cake was created by Joseph Wiper who was trying to make a clear mint at the time. He ended up with a cloudy mint with a thicker consistency and the rest, as they say is history. Mint cake is now produced as white or brown bars or chocolate coated and is carried by many walkers who may need an energy boost while walking the local fells. Sir Edmund Hilary and Sirdar Tensing ate the famous Kendal Mint cake on the summit of Everest in 1953.

Grasmere Gingerbread

Not only is Grasmere famous for William Wordsworth´s former house, Dove Cottage but this quaint village also boasts Sarah Nelson´s Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. The shop was built in 1630 and is tucked away in the corner of the churchyard of St Oswald´s Church. Sarah Kemp was a local girl who was born in Bowness in 1815. During her time in Service, Sarah excelled as a cook.

When the local school house closed down in 1850 and the children were sent to a new school, Sarah took over the tenancy of the property and the Sarah Nelson Gingerbread Shop was born. When Sarah died the recipe passed to her great niece, who sold it to Daisy Hotson, who later went into partnership with Jack and Mary Wilson. In 1969 Margaret and Gerald Wilson, Jack's nephew, bought the business.

Over the years little has changed in this tiny shop - the school coat pegs are still in place, and so is the cupboard used to house the school slates. Sarah would still feel at home in her kitchen, her curtain rod rests above the churchyard window where William Wordsworth and his family lie buried, as well as the Nelson family.

Cumberland Lamb

Herdwick Sheep and lambs graze on the natural herbage of the region which gives their meat a distinct flavour. Cumberland tattie pot is a delicious recipe which includes swede and black pudding and layers of potatoes. Pickled red cabbage is often served as a side dish. A traditional sauce served with lamb or ham is Cumberland sauce made from the juices of oranges and lemons, added to redcurrant jelly, mustard, port and ginger.

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The Lake District is heaven for foodies, and whether you enjoy cakes, pastries, traditional sausages and cheeses or some famous Grasmere Gingerbread, you will be spoilt for choice in the Lakes.

The Lake District is home to some of England’s most famous attractions.

Majestic castles, historic houses and fascinating museums provide fun and entertainment for all age groups.

Ten of the best Lake District attractions include:

1.Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens

Mirehouse is one of the most historic and interesting houses in the Lake District, and it offers plenty of things to see and do for all the family. Child-friendly attractions include a heather maze to get lost in, a poetry walk and plenty of quizzes and entertainment to keep the younger ones happy. If you want some light refreshments, try out the tearoom with its typical Cumbrian specialities.

2.Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle has been home to the Pennington family for over 800 years, and also boasts some of the most beautiful flower displays in the region. If you enjoy flowers and gardens, or if you want to explore the ´haunted castle´, Muncaster is a must-see attraction. A world owl centre houses 40 species, and there are plenty of attractions for the younger ones.

3. Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry

The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry offers an insight into the early lives of Lake District residents, and shows how the mining industry and tourism affected the lives of the locals throughout the centuries. This museum provides plenty of entertainment for all ages, and if you are interested in the local history and culture of the Lake District, you will love this museum.

4.Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Steam railway enthusiasts should take a trip to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and enjoy some of the most stunning scenery in the lakes. The journey will take you on board a Heritage steam train across open countryside to the foot of some of the highest local mountains.

5. RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve

The RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve is popular with locals and tourists alike, and you can learn more about local wildlife and bird species from informative staff. Watch the birds from specially-camouflaged hides, and enjoy refreshments at the tea room. A gift shop is also situated within the visitor centre.

6. Silverband Falconry

The Silverband Falconry is run by expert falconers, this attraction offers visitors the chance to handle the falcons and wildlife. Handlers explain how the birds eat, live and hunt, and the trip is a must for wildlife enthusiasts.

7. The Lakes Aquarium

Explore the Lakes of the world at the award winning Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge. Trek through the rain forests of South America and see the diving ducks, seahorses and rays of the Lake District. Enjoy a spectacular interactive adventure with virtual crocodiles, and a charging hippo. Also featuring the world´s first Virtual Dive Bell, this is one of the most popular attractions in the Lake District.

8. The World of Beatrix Potter

Famous for housing the Beatrix Potter characters of Jemima Puddleduck, Peter Rabbit and many more, the World of Beatrix Potter is popular with families. Easy to reach by ferry, you can combine a boat trip with a visit to the attraction.

9. Trotters World of Animals

Trotters World of Animals is home to over 100 species of animals, Trotters is great for all the family, and small children are well catered for.

10. Trout Fishing at Hawkshead

Esthwaite is the largest stocked lake in north-west England, and offers excellent trout fishing at Hawkshead in one of the Lake District´s most scenic spots. Tuition is available, and you can hire rods and equipment from an on-site tackle shop.

Whatever you decide to do in the Lake District, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to museums, adventure playgrounds, cinemas, lake trips, water sports, restaurants, bars and cafés. Excellent transport links make it easy to travel around Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick, Coniston and every other major town in the Lake District with or without a car.

The Lake District National Park is situated in north-west England and is famous for its lakes, mountains and forests which attract visitors from all over the world.

Famous former residents of the Lake District were poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and children´s author, Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) who were inspired to write many of their poems and stories while living in the region.

Wordsworth´s former houses, Dove Cottage at Ambleside and Rydal Mount can still be visited today, as can the former house of Beatrix Potter, Hill Top at Sawrey.

Historically shared by the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, the Lake District now lies within the county of Cumbria. All the land higher than 3,000 feet above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, which is the highest mountain in England at 978 metres. The deepest and longest lakes are also situated in the Lake District – Wastwater and Windermere.

The Lake District was designated as a National Park in 1951, and the area covers 885 square miles.

Tourism in the Lake District became popular in Victorian times when wealthy visitors would arrive to breathe in the fresh country air, which they felt was beneficial to their health. Many bought houses overlooking Windermere which still stand today.

The Kendal and Windermere Railway was the first railway to be built in the Lake District, reaching Kendal in 1846 and Windermere in 1847. The line was then extended to reach Coniston and Penrith, through Keswick and Cockermouth. The line to Lakeside in Windermere was opened in 1869 to cater to a huge influx of visitors.

The annual number of visitors to the Lake District is 15.8 million and 23.1 million day visitors.

Lake District Weather

The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, and visitors should always come prepared if they are planning walks or hikes through the mountains. The weather in Britain mostly comes from the Atlantic and when the clouds hit the Lake District fells they rise. The water vapor then cools within the clouds, condenses and falls as rain or snow. It can still be cool in the summer during the evening, and layers are the best thing to pack, plus a waterproof jacket.

For walkers and climbers, the temperatures drop one degree for every 150 metres climbed and it can get very cold on high ridges.

Windermere spa hotels

Visitors can choose from a vast choice of accommodation in the Lake District including cottages, spa hotels, boutique hotels and guest houses, plus campsites and hostels throughout the region. Windermere is the most popular place to stay in the Lake District, and it boasts a wide range of luxury hotels and quirky cottages for rent. Accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes and requirements is available, and Windermere is particularly popular with couples looking for romantic weekends away or who are looking to plan a wedding or honeymoon.

Lake District facts

  • Storr´s Hall was built by John Bolton who dealt exclusively in the slave trade. The slaves were said to have been kept in cellars in Storr´s Hall until buyers could be found for them.
  • Windermere and Bowness were the second part of England to have electric street lighting, which was supplied by a hydro-electric plant at Troutbeck Bridge. The first was Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • In 1895 Windermere was frozen over for 6 weeks, making it possible to walk from one side to the other. The lake also froze over in 1864, 1946 and 1963.
  • Amazingly, the only official lake in the Lake District is Bassenthwaite Lake – all the others are either ´waters´ or ´meres.´

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The Lake District National Park, in Cumbria is the largest National Park in England and is a perfect destination for lovers of the countryside.

Some of the most popular cities, towns and villages in the Lake District include: Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick, Grasmere and Bowness-on-Windermere.

The Lake District comprises 16 lakes and 53 tarns (although Bassenthwaite is the only one officially known as a lake. The others are ´waters´ or ´meres´).

All possess their own unique features and enjoy backdrops of stunning mountains, fells and woodland. Windermere is England´s largest lake at over 10.5 miles in length and Wastwater the deepest at 79m.

Hills in the Lake District are known as Fells. This is the only true mountain range in England, and although not high by world standards, they offer a huge number of challenging and equally rewarding climbs.

The highest peak is Scafell Pike at 978m.

A network of paths also offer great recreational walks to suit all levels of fitness.

The main attraction for visitors to the Lake District is the stunning scenery. The walks and fells are famously documented by walker and writer, Alfred Wainwright, and also inspired the poet, William Wordsworth (1770-1850), when he lived in the region.

How to get to the Lake District

Windermere Station is the most conveniently situated station for the Southern Lakes. For the northern lakes, travel to Penrith and catch a bus to Keswick if you intend to travel without the car.

By car you can reach the Lake District via the M6 motorway and enter the park via the A590 from Junction 36 for the south lakes or the A66 at Penrith from Junction 40 for the north lakes.

The nearest airport to the Lake District is at Blackpool and Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool and Manchester are around a 2 hour drive away. There is a direct rail link from Manchester Airport.

Things to do in the Lake District

Most visitors spend their time hiking or walking the Fells. There are also a vast range of family attractions to suit all ages.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre is a good place to start in Bowness-on-Windermere, where a wide range of attractions include ´Go Ape´, a high woodland adventure playground with one of the longest zip wires in the UK.

Boat trips can be taken on many of the lakes, including Coniston, Windermere, Ullswater and Derwentwater.

The Ullswater Steamer stops at Glenridding, Pooley Bridge and Howtown. The Keswick Launch offers clockwise and anti-clockwise circuits of Derwentwater and Windermere Lake Cruises offers a vast choice of cruises and special events in summer including dinner cruises and guided tour cruises.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a small, narrow-gauge steam railway which connects the mainline station of Ravenglass on the coast to Boot station in the Eskdale Valley.

If rail travel is your ´thing´ check out the tourist steam railway at the foot of Lake Windermere: ´The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.´

Cumbrian Fare in the Lake District

If you are looking for some traditional Cumbrian food while visiting the Lakes, sample the delicious local lamb, the curly Cumberland sausage or the locally-caught Borrowdale trout.

If you are looking to stay somewhere special in the Lake District, check out the Windermere Spa Hotels, the luxury hotels with hot tubs and the boutique hotels dotted around the countryside.

Local markets have been a major attraction throughout towns and villages in the Lake District, Cumbria for many years. The markets offer a wide choice of delicious local produce and traditional crafts.

Lively farmers markets and street markets are held at least once a month and offer a range of local produce including high quality meats, cheeses, pickles, chutneys, fruit and vegetables.

Popular farmers markets include:

Kendal Market Square on the last Friday of every month, Keswick Moot Hall on the second Thursday of every month, Penrith on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, Pooley Bridge on the last Sunday of every month and Sedburgh on the last Wednesday of every month.

Visitors can also find several local markets in the villages and towns and daily indoor markets. The markets are a great place to explore, find real value for money and try local delicacies.

Weekly markets include:

  • Monday: Carlisle, Cockermouth, Barrow-in-Furness, Kirkby Stephen
  • Tuesday: Carlisle, Maryport, Penrith, Settle, Whitehaven
  • Wednesday: Windermere, Ambleside, Brampton, Carlisle, Kendal
  • Thursday: Carlisle, Egremont, Kirkby Lonsdale, Ulverston, Whitehaven
  • Friday: Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Egremont, Maryport
  • Saturday: Alston, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Kendal, Ulverston, Whitehaven, Workington

The main shops are situated around Kendal and Windermere in the southern area of the lakes. Kendal is home to a wide choice of factory outlet shops, traditional markets and local handicraft shops. Quiet lanes and squares lead off from the market place and this is where you will find the most interesting shops.

Well known for its local food specialities, including Cumberland sausage, gingerbread from Grasmere, Kendal mintcake, Hawkshead relish and sticky toffee pudding from Cartmel, the Lake District is a foodie’s paradise. Markets have always been an integral part of the Lake District, dating back to when the main industry was agriculture. Stall holders would come from miles around to trade their wares or buy essentials.

The Appleby Horse Fair is held each year and attracts thousands of Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers who come to trade their horses. The fair has become an attraction in its own right and will be held from June 2 to June 9, 2016.

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Thanks to some of the best transport links in the north west of England, you can easily explore the Lake District without a car. Take your time and use the bus, boat or train to get around, and you will find yourself within easy reach of all the main Lake District attractions. Top ways to travel in the Lake District include:

Ullswater Steamers

Once known as the Dark Lake, Ullswater has been a major influence on the work of famous poets, including William Wordsworth, who lived close by. One of the best ways to see Ullswater is by taking advantage of a steamer trip across the lake, which will run alongside Helvellyn, the third largest mountain in England. You can combine a cruise on the lake with a stroll around the shore of Ullswater.

Windermere Cruises

Windermere cruises operate every day of the year, and embark from Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside, (except Christmas Day). The trip takes a total of 3 hours, or you can hop on and off on route, at some of the popular local attractions, including the World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness, the Ambleside Museum and other places of interest.

Coniston Launch

The Coniston Launch is a unique ferry which runs a regular service to seven jetties, allowing passengers to disembark where they choose and catch a later boat back. The solar-electric powered ferries offer an environmentally friendly way of being transported around the lake, and an informative crew will tell you all about the local places of interest. The launch runs throughout the year, with restricted sailings in December and January.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

This unique steam railway runs a daily service from Haverthwaite to Lakeside from March to October. Travelling through the Leven Valley, passengers can enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the region, and also enjoy lunch or a snack at the station restaurant. Tours may also include a visit to the engine sheds, the souvenir shop and picnic area, plus visitors can see the steam and diesel train exhibitions.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

The River Ert is the oldest working 15 inch gauge engine in the world, and travels around 6,000 miles per year. The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway attracts thousands of visitors every year, and visitors can find cafés and gift shops at each end of the line. If you want to make a day of it, you can hire a bike or enjoy one of the walking trails at the end of your journey. Opening times vary, according to the time of year, but all facilities are open when the trains are running.

The Fellsman

If you are a fan of steam trains, enjoy a steam-hauled journey over the Settle to Carlisle Railway on board the Fellsman. The train operates between Lancaster, Preston, Bamber Bridge, Blackburn, Clitheroe and Long Preston, and also offering visitors a full day travelling through the Yorkshire Dales, over the Ribblehead Viaduct, this popular train journey can be booked in advance. You will also have time to look around the popular towns of Appleby and Carlisle before your return trip. It is possible to pre-book seating for dinner, and make the most of this famous train ride.

South Tynedale Railway

Enjoy an incredible journey through some of the most scenic countryside in the region on the South Tynedale Railway. All trains are hauled by preserved stream and diesel engines, and the return journey takes you to Kirkhaugh in 45 minutes. If you want to explore Kirkhaugh, you can look around at your own leisure, and catch a later train back. You will find refreshments and a gift shop at Alston Station.

Windermere Buses

Buses to and from Windermere run regularly, and this is probably the most economical way of getting around the Lake District. The following services are currently offered, but it is best to check the timetable before you travel:

  • Coniston Rambler 505 Windermere - Ambleside - Hawkshead - Coniston
  • Langdale Rambler 516 Windermere - Ambleside - Dungeon Ghyll
  • Kirkstone Rambler 517 Bowness - Windermere - Glenridding
  • Kentmere Rambler 519 Ambleside - Windermere - Staveley - Kentmere
  • LakesLink 555 Lancaster - Kendal - Windermere - Ambleside - Grasmere - Keswick - Carlisle
  • Open Top Experience 599 Kendal - Windermere - Ambleside - Grasmere
  • 618 Ambleside - Windermere - Ulverston - Barrow
  • X8/X9 Preston - Windermere - Ambleside - Grasmere - Keswick. (summer service only)

Whether you want to explore the quieter regions of the Lake District, or enjoy the attractions of Windermere, Bowness, Coniston and Keswick, you can reach most points by bus. This not only offers an economical way of exploring the Lake District, but also allows you sample some of the famous Lake District real ales on route, without having to worry about driving back to your hotel.

Now that summer is upon us, visitors to the Lake District will be making the most of the warmer weather and the stunning scenery.

Why not combine a boat trip with a stroll around some of the most beautiful sites in the Lake District and enjoy a picnic.

Ten of the best picnic spots in the Lake District include:

1.Aira Force, Ullswater

Aira Force is surrounded by stunning scenery and this is probably the most beautiful waterfall in the Lake District. There are plenty of places around the falls where visitors can enjoy a picnic, and this is a great place to spend a day if you want to walk in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, who wrote the famous poem, ´Daffodils´ after walking along this route.

2.Tarn Hows, near Coniston and Hawkshead

Tarn Hows lies between the quaint villages of Coniston and Hawkshead. This beauty spot is surrounded by thick, enchanting woodland and is overlooked by the dramatic Langdale Pikes and the imposing Helvellyn. Famous childrens´ author, Beatrix Potter bought Tarn Hows in 1929, before selling it onto the National Trust. Visit outside the main summer season to enjoy a haven of tranquility and peace.

3.Loughrigg Tarn, north of Windermere

Loughrigg Tarn is a natural lake just north of Windermere and just north of the village of Skelwith Bridge at the foot of Loughrigg Fell. Loughrigg Tarn is a fantastic spot for walking and picknicking, and is one of the Lake District’s hidden treasures. It offers tremendous views of miles of rolling fells, across to the rugged beauty of the Langdale Pikes. The calm tarn boasts clear blue water, which during the summer months is adorned with colourful water lilies.

4.Catbells and Ashness Bridge

Catbells and Ashness Bridge offer stunning views down to Derwentwater, and Catbells is a popular walk for families. The route is not too difficult and the stunning views from the top make it all worthwhile. Autumn is a great time to visit when the trees surrounding Derwentwater turn to gold. If you are not feeling too energetic, pack your picnic and head up to Ashness Bridge in the car.

5.Gummer´s How, near Windermere

If you want to enjoy stunning sun sets over Windermere, there is no better place to visit for a picnic than Gummer´s How. Visit in the day time and you can enjoy stunning views which sweep north across Windermere. Particularly beautiful in autumn when the trees are changing colour, this is a fabulous part of the Lake District to photograph, so don´t forget your camera.

6.Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald is situated towards the western end of Hadrian´s Wall, and is considered to be one of the most picturesque settings along the entire 73 miles of Hadrian´s Wall. The Roman fort stands high above the River Irthing and can be seen from miles around.

7.High Dam Tarn, Finsthwaite

High Dam Tarn is a typically stunning Lake District beauty spot. This place was once described by Alfred Wainwright, walker and writer of Lake District guides as ´a much nicer place than the over-populated Tarn Hows´, although both spots are quite beautiful. Views from Finsthwaite are amazing, from Lakeside and Newby Bridge to Gummer´s How and High Dam Tarn. The tarn was once used to turn the water wheels at Stott Park Bobbin Mill.

8.Ruskin´s View, Kirkby Lonsdale

This incredible view is arguably one of England´s finest, and this stunning spot, looking over the River Lune was commemorated by William Lakin Turner who painted a picture of the famous view. Another famous local resident, John Ruskin, described this spot as ´one of the loveliest scenes in England.´

9. Talkin Tarn Country Park near Carlisle

Talkin Tarn Country Park is located just a few miles from Carlisle and is made up of 120 acres of parkland and countryside. The Talkin Tarn is at the centre of the park, providing a beautiful walk around the water´s edge. You can also spot red squirrels in the woodlands within the Talkin Tarn Country Park, and this is the perfect place to stop for a picnic.

10.Orrest Head, Windermere

Orrest Head is only a 20-30 minute walk from the town of Windermere, and offers stunning views over the lake from the top. This is a great outing for all the family, and there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic on your way up.

Wherever you decide to go in the Lake District you will find a host of great places to hike, walk, climb, sail, go horse riding, enjoy a picnic or simply stroll around and enjoy the true beauty of this stunning region. Make the most of your stay and book into a spa hotel or boutique hotel in Windermere, and make this the base for your adventures.

Honeymoon hotels in Windermere offer spa facilities, hot tub suites, mood lighting and luxurious bathrooms.

Since famous poet William Wordsworth first waxed lyrical about the Lake District in the early 1800´s Windermere has become synonymous with romance.

The Aphrodite´s Lodge is perfect for couples wanting to spend a romantic weekend in stunning Windermere, while enjoying a private suite with personal hot tub, elegant decór, a four poster bed and plenty of romantic extras. Luxury bathrooms are a feature of all the romantic suites at the hotel, which include the Red Rose Suite, the Orchid Suite, the Love Suite and the Love Haven.

All suites feature large LCD TV´s, king size beds and DVD´s plus whirlpool baths for 2 and a range of romantic facilities to make your stay extra special.

If you can drag yourselves out of your honeymoon suite, book a pampering beauty treatment at our spa and beauty rooms, where you can enjoy a relaxing massage, a seaweed body treatment or even a spray tanning session. Spa facilities are free to all hotel guests although beauty treatments are extra. Special pamper packages can be booked prior to arrival, along with champagne in your room, rose petals on the bed, chocolates and flowers etc., to make your honeymoon stay perfect.

The suites have been specifically designed with romance, comfort and luxury in mind, and whether you want to enjoy the privacy of your own hot tub, watch TV from the whirlpool bath or chill out on a private patio, you can do it all at the Aphrodite´s Lodge.

There are so many things to see and do in Windermere all through the year, and nearby Bowness Bay offers some of the best restaurants in the Lakes. If you enjoy a pint of real ale, visit the local country pubs or make the most of the lake with a trip on board a Windermere Steamer.

Blessed with incredible scenery and a vast choice of walking routes, Windermere is one of the most beautiful places in the UK to stretch your legs. Levels of difficulty range from easy to difficult, and whether you fancy a gentle stroll around the lake, or a more challenging hill walk, you will find plenty of choice around Windermere.

If you are looking for a romantic stay in Windermere for your honeymoon, book into the Aphrodite´s Lodge and enjoy top facilities, including private hot tubs, spa baths for 2 people, steam rooms and power showers. Log fires in winter and private patios in summer will allow you to enjoy the very best of the Lake District from your hotel suite.

Whatever time of year you are planning to get married, we can make your honeymoon extra special. Check out our beautiful new romantic suites at the hotel where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the Lake District without having to leave your room!

Born in 1770, William Wordsworth was one of the major English Romantic poets of his time, and he was inspired to write many of his most famous works while living in the Lake District.

One of five children, William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumbria. His father taught him the poetry of Shakespeare, Milton and Spenser, which gave him an early interest in writing. After the death of his mother in 1778, Wordsworth was sent to Hawkshead Grammar School in Cumbria, while his sister Dorothy (to whom he was close all his life) was sent to Yorkshire to live with relatives.

Wordsworth published his first work in 1787 – a sonnet in the European Magazine – and the same year he started attending St John´s College, Cambridge. He received his BA degree in 1791 and returned to Hawkshead for his first two summer holidays. He often spent later holidays on walking tours, visiting famous beauty spots in the Lake District.

His 'Daffodils' poem, written in 1804 and beginning “I wandered lonely as a cloud” is the quintessential Lake District poem. Wordsworth moved to Dove Cottage in Grasmere in 1799 and then Rydal Mount in 1813. Both houses are still open to the public and attract visitors from all over the world.

Dove Cottage is situated in the heart of the Lake District and is the place where Wordsworth wrote some of his greatest poetry. His sister Dorothy kept her equally famous ´Grasmere Journal´ at Dove cottage, which is still on display in the museum. William found Dove Cottage by accident as he was out walking with his brother John and fellow poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He moved in with his sister, Dorothy just a few weeks later.

Such was his love of the Lake District that he described it as: "A sort of national property in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy".

William Wordsworth died of pleurisy in April, 1850 at the age of 80 and was buried at St. Oswald´s Church in Grasmere. His widow Mary published his autobiographical ´poem to Coleridge´ as ´The Prelude´ just a few months after his death.

Some of Wordsworth’s most famous quotes include:

“How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.”

“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.”

“Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.”

“The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.”

“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.”

If you want to explore the Lake District in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, why not book a break in a Windermere spa hotel.

If you are planning your honeymoon in Windermere, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to romantic hotels in Windermere and Bowness.

Why not choose a luxury boutique hotel with Love Suites with hot tubs, four poster beds, jacuzzi baths for 2, LCD TV´s and luxurious bathrooms and steam rooms? Enjoy some pampering sessions in the spa beauty rooms and luxuriate in your suite with every whim catered for.

Honeymoons are a special time for couples, and whether you want to walk along the water´s edge at Windermere, or partake in some more adventurous outdoor activities you will find plenty of things to see and do whatever time of year you visit.

If you are staying at a romantic hotel in Windermere, take a trip across the lake on the Windermere Steamers, and visit villages at the other side of the water, or hop on and off where you choose and visit some great attractions along the way including the Lakes Aquarium.

Romance and the Lake District go hand in hand, and if you want to explore the region, take a trip on board the Settle to Carlisle Railway which whisks you through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct and through the Blea Moor tunnel and on to Carlisle. The scenery is stunning along the route.

Windermere is blessed with some of the finest scenery in Windermere, and if you want to walk in the footsteps of famous former resident, William Wordsworth, explore the quiet trails and routes around the lake.

The region is also blessed with some of the best restaurants in England, many of which are Michelin starred. Try the Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel in Windermere with 4 dining rooms and a choice of beautifully presented classical English dishes. A little further afield but also worth a visit is L´Enclume at Grange-over-sands, Cartmel with modern cuisine and a range of dishes incorporating local cuisine. Holbeck Ghyll at Ambleside offers excellent cuisine and a wide choice of flavours, using fresh seasonal produce.

If you are lucky enough to enjoy some warm weather in the Lake District, take a picnic down to the water´s edge and make the most of the stunning scenery. Plenty of farmer´s markets are held regularly in and around Windermere, and you can pick up some delicious local cheeses, patés and pickles to enjoy beside the lake.

If you enjoy visiting stately homes, take a trip to Levens Hall which boasts magnificent topiary gardens and dates back to 1694. Said to be the oldest topiary in the world, visitors come to Levens Hall from all over the world to enjoy the hall and the gardens. Well worth a visit.

If you are feeling adventurous, and for a real bird´s eye view of the Lake District, book a hot air balloon flight over Windermere which can be booked in advance when the weather is good.

The Lake District is famous not only for its stunning scenery and lakes, but also for its many attractions. If you are looking for ideas of things to see and do in the Lakes during your honeymoon, pop into a tourist information centre and pick up some leaflets.

Thousands of outdoor swimmers are heading to Windermere to take part in this weekend’s Great North Swim, 2015.

One again being staged at Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina, Windermere, between 12-14 June, the largest outdoor swim in the UK regularly attracts over 10,000 swimmers who take part over 2 mile, one mile and half mile courses.

Windermere, which was colder than the English Channel when I took part in 2011, is England´s longest lake at 10.5 miles, and wetsuits are obligatory.

Participants can reach the site via Windermere Lake Cruises from Bowness Bay. Due to the crowds, dropping off by car at the site is not allowed.

The Great North Swim is the biggest outdoor swim event in the UK, and attracts professional and amateur swimmers. A wave of 300 people set off every 30 minutes, and whether you are planning to crawl your way into the record books or take your time and enjoy the stunning scenery, this is a perfect day out.

If you are planning to attend the Great North Swim, make a weekend of it and take your time to explore the land that has inspired world-renowned writers and poets, including Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Windermere is a perfect base for exploring the Lakes, and you can choose a range of luxury spa hotels, boutique hotels and guest houses.

The stunning Lake District scenery attracts visitors from all over the world. Scafell Pike is England´s highest mountain, Wastwater is the deepest lake and Hardknott Pass is the steepest road. World class outdoor activities and stunning hotels combine to make this a perfect location for a long weekend.

The one mile swim is suitable for swimmers of all abilities. The half mile swim is suitable for under 16s and entrants must be 12 years and above.

A two mile swim and a 5K swim are suitable for more experienced open water swimmers who want a more testing challenge.

If you plan to spend a long weekend in the Lake District, recommended places to visit include:

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House is one of the major attractions near Windermere. Visitors can enjoy stunning views over the lake from the gardens, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere in the house itself, which was built between 1898 and 1900, and designed by M H Baillie Scott. Blackwell was originally built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, owner of the Manchester Brewery. Original features ensure Blackwell retains much of its original charm. Several rooms are used as galleries, and the gardens offer a picturesque terrace bordered by flowers where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat and take in the incredible views.

Rydal Mount and Gardens, Ambleside. This was Wordsworth´s best loved home for 37 years, and where he wrote some of his most famous poems. This stunning house boasts large, terraced gardens landscaped by the poet, and magnificent views of Lake Windermere and Rydal Water.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, offers a vast range of things to see and do for all ages, including beautiful gardens, a Treetop Trek, children´s attractions, water sports, mini golf and various exhibitions.

Whether you are visiting Windermere for a day to take part in the Great North Swim or if you plan to stay longer, you will find plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area.

Famous for its lakes, landscapes, mountains and coastal towns, the Lake District is one of the most popular destinations in the UK. Some of the most popular Lake District towns and villages by the sea include:

Seascale

Seascale is the only village on the Cumbrian coast, and was once a Roman settlement. The village was once a favourite seaside resort with Victorian visitors, who believed the fresh sea and mountain air would benefit their health. Since the early days of tourist travel to the Lake District, Seascale was accessible via the Furness West Coast Railway Company.

Modern attractions include: golf, bowling, local cricket and a beautiful coastline, offering views over to the Isle of Man. The Water Tower is a listed building which was used before Seascale had a proper water supply to pump water to the Banks, from a large tank on the hill. Visitors with plenty of time on their hands should explore the nearby villages which boast some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Lake District.

Muncaster Castle is also worth a visit, with its 77 acres of gardens, world owl centre, maze and playground, and the Millom Folk Museum, which documents the history of Millom and the Seascale Golf Club, with an 18-hole course, practice range and putting greens. This is also a great place to bring the kids, as there are plenty of attractions for all the family.

Solway Firth

The West coast takes you through many historic towns and villages, and the area is renowned for spectacular sunsets, and peaceful surroundings. Many visitors to the area come to escape the crowds of the busier Lake District resorts, and to enjoy the wildlife, flora and fauna.

Situated on the shores of the Solway Firth, facing southern Galloway, Silloth has a backdrop of fells and open countryside, and is known for its mild climate, and the peace and quiet that surrounds it. The Green is a 36-acre grassy area in the middle of town which attracts many visitors.

The name of Silloth was derived from Cistercian Monks at Holme Cultram Abbey in Abbeytown, Silloth, and was named after the sea lathes in which grain was once stored.

The hamlet was painted by famous landscape artist, Turner, and is also situated on the Cumbria Coastal Way and the Cumbria Cycle Way. Some of the best places to visit in the Solway Firth with the family include: Paramount Amusements, with a soft play area for kids, Solway Firth Discovery Centre, with its family-friendly museum and the Gincase Craft Barn at Silloth, with its farm park and tea rooms.

Maryport and Workington

Maryport was once known as the most attractive harbour towns in the UK, and the town has many industrial markings from Roman, Georgian and Victorian times.

One of the town´s famous residents was Henry Ismay, who founded the White Star Line, builders of the Titanic, and was born in Maryport in 1837.

Nowadays, some of the most popular attractions include the Senhouse Museum, which is thought to have been one of the largest Roman forts in the North of England, and also the cliff top Roman fort of Alauna. Both Maryport and Workington were both important industrial towns during the industrial revolution, and were built up on coal, iron and steel mining. Industry in the towns prospered because of their close proximity to Ireland, and major Irish cities, including Dublin, were built off the back of Cumbrian coal.

Whitehaven

Whitehaven was planned and built by Sir John Lowther, who was inspired by Christoper Wren´s designs for the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Streets were designed in a grid pattern, with St. Nicholas Church sitting in the middle. Owing to the shallow waters of the Solway, which limited the size of ships entering the harbour, prosperity in the town declined. The deeper water ports at Liverpool and Glasgow prospered at Whitehaven´s expense.

Popular attractions in Whitehaven include: The Rum Story, which is a family-friendly museum, dedicated to the history of rum-making, The Haig Colliery Mining Museum, the last of Cumbria´s deep coal mines, The Beacon, which documents the history and industry of Whitehaven, and Whitehaven Marine Adventures, which includes a 90-minute boat ride to the nature reserves of St.Bees.

If you are looking for a special weekend in the Lakes, or a midweek break away from the hustle and bustle of working life, why not book a romantic hotel in Windermere?

Windermere is one of the most picturesque parts of the Lake District, and the lake itself is 10.5 miles long, with plenty of attractions and lots of things to see and do. Attractions in Windermere and Bowness include: adventure parks, the Beatrix Potter Attraction, the Lakes Aquarium, and the ever-popular cruises across Windermere. Walking, hiking and cycling are also popular activities in the lakes, and there is no better place to enjoy the great outdoors and breathe in the fresh mountain air than this part of the Lake District.

Famous poet and author William Wordsworth was inspired to write many of his most famous works while living in the Lake District.

Romantic hotels in Windermere provide the perfect place to unwind in one of England’s most beautiful settings. Imagine a day out on the fells or exploring Windermere, followed by a cosy night in a hot tub suite with wide screen TV and a sumptuous king size bed … perfect for a special anniversary, a honeymoon or any romantic occasion. If you plan to visit Windermere in the winter months, choose a hotel room with luxury bathroom and mood lighting to create a special atmosphere.

Some luxury Lake District hotels offer personal outdoor hot tubs, which are ideal for couples who want to spend some quality time together in a beautiful location close to Windermere. Guests who choose to stay in a hot tub hotel may also be offered massages and holistic therapies in the privacy and comfort of their own rooms.

Romantic Windermere hotels are becoming one of the most sought after types of accommodation in the Lakes, as they offer luxury, privacy, hot tubs and jacuzzi baths for two, and many luxurious facilities that you would not find in a standard guest house or B&B in Windermere.

If you can drag yourselves out of your suite, enjoy a boat trip across England´s longest lake and enjoy Windermere at its best. You can also buy a full day ticket, which will allow you to get on and off where you please, or combine the trip with a romantic walk along the water´s edge or a picnic overlooking the lake. Private boat hire is also available.

Lovers of the great outdoors can enjoy some of the finest landscapes in Britain, when they visit Windermere, and also some great walking and hiking trails. Levels of difficulty and time differ with each walk, and it is up to you whether you spend a day hiking on the fells or an hour enjoying a gentle stroll around the shoreline. There are also some great pubs, bars and restaurants around Windermere serving delicious local Cumbrian fare.

Romantic hotels in Windermere are the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy luxurious accommodation in a stunning location.

Windermere is a nationally important place for wildlife and is home to some of the rarest aquatic plants, fish and birds to be found in the UK.

Wintering birds such as the Golden Eye or Tufted Duck can be found in the region, plus the widest range of large aquatic plants in the National Park.

Underwater plants such as Waterwort and White Water Lily can also be found in Windermere. The region is also home to important lakeshore wetlands, where otters and native white-clawed crayfish thrive. Charr fish can also still be found in the lake, which are usually associated with Arctic Waters.

Reed beds offer secure resting places for birds and breeding birds in the spring and summer and reed fringes also help break up wave energy from wind and boat wakes, and slow down the erosion of the shoreline.

Although grey squirrels are increasing their populations in South Cumbria, and to a lesser extent North Cumbria, there are still large numbers of red squirrels within northern areas of the National Park. When faced with competition from grey squirrels the reds survive best in large blocks of coniferous woodland.

They need a consistent and diverse food supply consisting of tree seeds, nuts, berries, cones, buds, shoots, flowers, lichen, fungi and occasionally insects. The autumn and winter seed harvest is important for surviving the winter and for breeding successfully the following year. Squirrels do not hibernate, they need to eat all year round to survive. Between April and August the natural food supplies of a red squirrel are at their lowest, consequently as many as 5 out of 6 young red squirrels may die in their first year.

The Lake District Wildlife Park, situated just ten minutes from Keswick is the only wildlife park in north Cumbria.

Trotters World of Animals has rebranded to become the Lake District Wildlife Park, representing the transition from its early days as a farm park. Today, emphasis is very much on conservation, education and engaging with visitors – our Keepers are keen to talk and enjoy passing on their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Wander around the beautiful 24 acre parkland and see over 100 species. The magical Bird of Prey flying displays have been a regular feature since the park opened. We have gathered an eclectic mix of over 100 animal and reptile species from Anaconda to Zebra.

Top places to visit include the South Lakes Safari Zoo, a mile from Dalton-in-Furness. This the Lake District’s only zoological park, which is recognised as one of Europe’s leading conservation zoos. 17 acres are home to the rarest animals on earth, who are participants in co-ordinated breeding programmes to save them from extinction in the wild.

Visit the Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge, on the southern end of Windermere you can discover in over 30 displays the fascinating and often secret world of wildlife and freshwater creatures dwelling in and alongside the magnificent waters.

Eagles, buzzards and owls from this country and abroad.

The Lake District is one of the most popular regions in England, and Cumbria offers visitors a wealth of beautiful landscapes and things to do and see around the lakes.

The Lake District has more variety of scenery than any other area of its size in Britain. It contains 16 major lakes from Windermere, England's largest lake, to Brotherswater set beside the road over Kirkstone Pass. There are also numerous mountain tarns.

Towering above these picturesque lakes are some of England's highest mountains, including all of England's three-thousand footers.

With the M6 motorway passing close to the eastern side of the Lake District, it has brought a day trip within reach of people from as far afield as the Potteries and the Midlands. Good roads also make the area accessible from Teesside, Tyneside and the West Riding and Lancashire industrial belts.

The area caters well for the tourist; there are numerous tourist information offices and mobile information caravans. Fine scenery is set practically beside the road. You can still get the feel of being among the mountains without leaving your car, especially in Great Langdale, Buttermere and Wasdale.

Lake District walks

The area is the finest in England for the fell walker. There are over 120 mountain tops over 2,000 feet in height. There are many paths and routes on to the tops of the mountains, and all of Lakeland's peaks are accessible without a rope. No one should go on to the tops without the proper equipment. Boots and windproof clothing should always be worn. You should also carry as a bare minimum a map, compass, whistle (and the knowledge of how to use them), waterproof clothing and some emergency rations. It is also advisable to leave details of your route with someone.

George Fisher's sports shop in Keswick hires out equipment to walkers who do not possess it. In case of accidents there are a number of very efficient rescue teams which can be contacted through the police. For further details see Mountain Rescue and Cave Rescue by the Mountain Rescue Committee, obtainable from most outdoor shops in the area.

Rock Climbing in the Lake District

There are rock climbs of every standard in the Lake District. It has been used as a training ground by many Alpine and Himalayan climbers. The principal centres are Great Langdale, Borrowdale, Pillar in Ennerdale and Wasdale. Great Langdale is a good area for the tourist to see climbers in action from the roadside. A pair of binoculars are handy.

Water sports in Windermere

All water sports are catered for: the principal lakes for power boats and water skiing are Ullswater and Windermere. The best lakes for sailing are Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and Ullswater. There are sailing clubs at the northern end of Bassenthwaite and on the Howtown road beside Ullswater. Rowing boats can be hired for fishing or pleasure on Bassenthwaite, Buttermere. Coniston Water, Crummock Water, Derwentwater, Esthwaite Water, Grasmere, Loweswater, Ullswater and Windermere. Large pleasure boats operate regular services on Derwentwater, Ullswater and Windermere.

The Aphrodite’s Hotel was named after the goddess of love in Greek Mythology. Apart from her natural beauty, Aphrodites also had a magical girdle that compelled everyone to desire her.

There are two accounts of her birth. According to one, she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione, the mother goddess worshipped at the Oracls of Dodona. However, the other account, which is more prevalent, informs us that she arose from the sea on a giant scallop. Aphrodite then walked to the shore of Cyprus. In a different version of the myth, she was born near the island of Cythera, hence her epithet "Cytherea".

Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus; however, she had an affair with her brother Ares, god of war. When Hephaestus found out about the affair, he devised a plan and managed to humiliate his wife and her lover to the other Olympians. Her holy tree was the myrtle, while her holy birds were the dove, the swan, and the sparrow.

Aphrodite represented sex, affection, and the attraction that binds people together. The Aphrodite’s Hotel is today one of the most luxurious spa hotels in the Lake District and is situated close to Lake Windermere.

With fourteen luxury refurbished suites with hot tubs and full spa facilities in the hotel, the Aphrodite’s enjoys a beautiful, quiet location. Every suite offers fabulous facilities including private hot tubs, mood lighting, whirlpool baths, king sized beds and many extras.

Elegant décor and furnishings throughout the hotel make the Aphrodite’s the perfect place for a romantic weekend or a special occasion in England’s most famous national park.

Guests can enjoy all the facilities in nearby Bowness Bay, including boat trips, country pubs, gastro pubs, restaurants, shops and cafes. Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre is well worth a visit, as is Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House and the award-winning Lakes Aquarium.

Guests who prefer luxury cottage accommodation can book our luxurious and romantic Rose Cottage which is situated just a two minute drive from the hotel. Here they can use the hotel spa facilities and pool if they wish.

Newly renovated and beautifully presented, Rose Cottage is completely self-contained and includes a double bedroom with king sized bed, an outdoor hot tub, a luxury bathroom with whirlpool bath for 2 people, an open plan lounge and kitchen and a calming relaxation room with heated spa loungers and a water feature.

Whether you prefer luxurious self-catering or five star hotel suites with hot tubs, the Aphrodite’s Lodge offers a range of facilities to suit your requirements.

If you are planning a special occasion in 2015, Windermere in the Lake District is a perfect destination.

Whether you are celebrating a special birthday, anniversary or honeymoon or you simply want to ‘get away from it all’ and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Windermere offers a wealth of great things to see and do.

Michelin-starred restaurants, stately homes, quirky museums and boat trips across Windermere are just some of the things you can do to celebrate your special day. If you are looking for romantic options, why not enjoy a picnic at the lake side or book into a fine dining restaurant?

The Lake District boasts some of the finest restaurants in the UK, and whether you are visiting for a special occasion, a birthday or honeymoon, you can treat yourself to a meal at Gilpin Lodge, Windermere, L´enclume at Cartmel, Sharrow Bay at Ullswater or the Samling at Ambleside. Not only do these restaurants offer superb food, but they are also situated in some of the most scenic parts of the Lake District.

Book into a spa hotel with hot tubs in Windermere and make the most of stunning facilities in one of England’s most beautiful locations. Enjoy a pampering session in the spa and relax in your own hot tub.

Honeymoons and, more recently, mini-moons are celebrated widely in the Lake District, where the scenery and countryside add to the romantic feel of luxury hotels and spa hotels close to Windermere.

If you are a fan of the big screen, take a trip to the Brewery Arts Centre at Kendal, the Royalty Cinema at Bowness, or the unique Zefferelli´s Cinema at Ambleside. If theatre is more your thing, check out the plays and productions at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness, the Playhouse at Brampton or the Sands Centre in Carlisle.

If you are planning to book into a luxury hotel in Windermere, call ahead and let them know you are celebrating a special occasion. Many Windermere Hotels offer spa pamper packages and treats at extra cost including Love Packages with house champagne, scattered rose petals, a wrapped rose and chocolates.

If you are feeling adventurous you could even book a hot air balloon ride over the Lake District to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the stunning Cumbrian countryside.

If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, book a hotel with full spa facilities and private hot tubs in Windermere so if the weather turns ugly you will have plenty to keep you entertained in-house.

If you are planning a trip to the Lake District to ´get away from it all´ and enjoy some quality time with friends or family, we have compiled a list of the top 10 green things to do in the lakes.

Ditch the car

Leave the car at home, and reduce your carbon footprint. The Lake District enjoys fantastic car-free access with an excellent public transport network. You can also take the train into Penrith, if you are planning a trip to the north lakes, and Windermere is easily reachable from Manchester by train or bus. You can travel around the Lake District by open topped bus or by boat, enjoying the stunning scenery along the way. Visitors can travel into the heart of the south lakes countryside with a boat-bus service which even carries cycles. Pass by Esthwaite Water and travel through the heart of Beatrix Potter country for a stop at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's famous home.

Eat local food

Make the most of restaurants and cafés serving authentic Cumbrian cuisine, which not only reduces the carbon footprint, when hoteliers and restaurant owners serve local meats and vegetables, but also supports local suppliers, who rely on the tourist trade to make a living.

Visit Low Sizergh Organic Farm at Kendal

You can learn all there is to know about the production of organic food in the Lake District at Low Sizergh Organic Farm, which is a member of the Soil Association´s national network of organic farms. Visit the farm shop, the craft exhibition gallery, and sample organic cheeses, eggs and vegetables, plus a tasty range of ice creams made fresh on the farm. Take a walk down the two mile farm trail, where you will see how organic principles are put into practice, plus see the local plant, animal and bird life.

Farmers markets

With over 100 Lake District markets held each year you can shop for the best local organic meat, fish, vegetables and preserves, plus a wide range of local crafts. Cumbria Farm Days invite visitors onto a working farm to see how to shepherd sheep on the fells, milk cows or even give a sheepdog exhibition, providing a great family day out.

Whinlatter Forest Park near Keswick

Whinlatter Forest Park, near Keswick is England´s only real mountain forest, which rises nearly 800 metres above sea level. Offering stunning views of the Lake District, this park provides plenty of facilities and amenities to keep all age groups entertained, and is also home to hundreds of red squirrels. From May to September visitors can see the Bassenthwaite Ospreys through live webcam links, or during Osprey walks.

Boat trips in the Lake District

Enjoy a Windermere Cruise and enjoy a view of local villages and from the water. The Coniston Launch is also a great way to travel, or take a trip on the Steam Yacht Gondola. Enjoy the stunning scenery around Derwentwater by taking a trip on the Keswick Launch and make the most of Ullswater by sailing across the lake on a steamer. You can hop on and off the boats at different locations, and spend some quality time walking along the lake shore, or visiting some of the many Lake District attractions on route.

RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve at Silverdale

Leighton Moss is one of the most well-known nature reserves in the lakes, and is situated in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you can spot many special birds, including marsh harriers and avocets, and a stunning range of wildlife. Natural trails are popular with the kids, and the on-site tearoom serves delicious local cuisine, organic where possible. Profits from the tearoom help fund the wildlife conservation work carried out by the RSPB.

Cycling trails in the Lake District

Lake District cycling routes will take you along some of the most scenic trails in the UK. Choose from dramatic mountain paths to the more serene tracks around the lakeside, or meander through winding country lanes, stopping off at local cafés and hostelries on route. You can find plenty of places to hire a bike in the Lake District where you can pick up free maps of the area.

If you are planning a trip to the Lake District, you can find some of the best environmentally friendly hotels in Bowness and Windermere, and a wealth of green things to do during your stay. Make the most of this beautiful region by walking or cycling in Windermere, Grasmere, Keswick or Coniston and enjoy the natural landscapes and dramatic scenery that makes the Lake District so popular.

Windermere and Bowness may officially be separate places with quite different personalities but their proximity means visitors to the region can enjoy a wide choice of attractions.

Our top 10 attractions in Windermere and Bowness include:

A heady view

Orrest Head, perched high above Windermere is probably the best viewpoint over the lake. On a clear day you can enjoy 360 degree views of the Langdales and Troutbeck Valley. Orrest Head was Alfred Wainwright’s first climb and the same stunning views remain the same.

Relaxing Spa Hotels

Stay in a Windermere Spa Hotel where you can be pampered to within an inch of your life. Book a hotel where you can relax and rejuvenate with a range of spa treatments and hot tub suites. Just what you need after a hard day out walking the fells.

Eating out

After a day out, there’s plenty of places to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite in both Bowness and Windermere. Whether you want to sample a pint or two of real ale, dig in to some delicious pub grub and Cumbrian specialities such as local lamb, pies and sausages or you want fine dining, you will find it all in Windermere and Bowness. Also plenty of cosy cafes where you can enjoy home-made cakes and pastries.

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House

One of Britain’s finest houses, Blackwell survived from the turn of the last century with almost all of its original furnishings intact. The period rooms are well worth a look and the stunning garden, designed by Thomas Mawson, attracts visitors from all over the world.

The Old Laundry Theatre

There’s always a lively season of music, theatre, comedy and film at The Old Laundry Theatre. Launched with the support of friend and playwright Alan Ayckbourn. Over the years they have attracted many stars and continue to stage a wide range of clever productions.

The World of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter once lived and worked in the Lake District and the Beatrix Potter Attraction is testament to her life and work. See her children’s tales come to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside complete with sights, sounds and smells. You can even meet Peter Rabbit and have tea with him at organised events.

Windermere Cruises

This popular attraction offers lake cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours in length depending where you want to go and there is no better way to explore Windermere. Cruises start from Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside and take you past stunning scenery and beautiful lakeside houses.

Afternoon Tea in Windermere

Many local cafes offer afternoon tea with freshly cut sandwiches, home-made pastries and a scones with jam and clotted cream. Choose a restaurant or café with views over Windermere.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre

Stop off at Brockhole and you won’t be disappointed. Visitors can take in the scenic views and gardens which stretch down to the shores of the lake, browse round the shop or look around the free exhibitions. There’s a soft play area for the children and a new aerial woodland adventure, Treetop Trek and wildlife experience Predator Park, so plenty for everyone young or old to see and do.

Bowness Shopping

Bowness offers a vast choice of quirky shops selling hand made goods and local produce which both make great souvenirs. Windermere offers several independent boutiques. Watch out for the local markets where you can bag a bargain! Windermere Market is held every Wednesday!

With over 16 million visitors per year, the Lake District is Britain’s most popular National Park.

If you want to avoid the crowds, visit in spring or autumn and consider the following ‘off the beaten track’ attractions:

The Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness

One thing you can never guarantee in the Lake District is the weather. The Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon if the weather takes a turn for the worse. The museum illustrates the interesting history of Barrow and its famous shipbuilding past. Stop off at the café for refreshments, snacks and meals.

Rannerdale Bluebells

If you are lucky enough to be in the Lakes during April, take a trip to the Rannerdale Knotts where the hillside is blanketed with bluebells. A stunning sight that attracts visitors from far and wide.

Morecambe Bay

Famous for its cockles, the beautiful Morecambe Bay can be explored during summer with a range of guided walks. Known for its strong tides and quick sand, visitors should never attempt to explore the Bay alone. The walk is just under 10 miles in soft sand so you need to be reasonably fit to attempt it.

High Force Waterfall, Glenridding

A lovely waterfall just a short distance uphill of Aira Force, High Force comes highly recommended. Less crowded than Aira Force, but well worth a combined visit.

Access to walks to Yew Crag for views over Ullswater.

Windermere Cloud Inversion

If you are visiting Windermere in winter you could be lucky enough to see a cloud inversion. Inversions occur when there is a boundary layer with a normal temperature profile (warm air rising into cooler air). . If you're staying near Windermere then the easiest spot to aim for is Gummer's How - there's a free car park and an easy (20 min) walk up to the summit.

Kentmere Reservoir

A short drive from Kendal, Kentmere Reservoir is a perfect location if you enjoy walking but want to avoid the steep fells. Enjoy a stroll around Kentmere Village before exploring the reservoir. Stunning views along the way.

Colwith Force

Just a 30 minute walk from Elterwater, Colwith Force is a waterfall in three parts. The mid-section allows you to get close enough to feel the power of the water. A gentle circular walk which starts and ends in Elterwater is not too taxing.

The Kent Estuary

The Kentmere Reservoir ends at the Kent Estuary in the northern corner of Morecambe Bay. From the hills above Silverdale you can enjoy breath-taking views. Sunset is spectacular over the estuary with the Lake District in the background.

Whatever the weather you will find a vast range of attractions in the Lake District including museums, stately homes, restaurants, country pubs and cafes. For a glimpse of the real ‘Lake District’ visit some of the ‘hidden gems’ which make this part of England so special.

The Lake District National Park is the largest park of its type in the UK and it lies within the county of Cumbria.

Covering over 800 square miles and considered to be one of the most scenic regions in England, Windermere and the Lake District are perfect destinations for hiking, walking and outdoor activities.

Popular hotels include Windermere spa hotels, guest houses, luxury cottages and B&B’s are:

Windermere, beside the largest lake in England at 10.5 miles in length, Ambleside at the top of Windermere, Keswick on the shores of Derwent Water, Grasmere, home to William Wordsworth’s former house, Dove Cottage, Penrith, the northern gateway to the Lakes and Bowness-on-Windermere at the middle of Lake Windermere.

Every lake boasts unique features including backdrops of steep mountain ranges and green fells.

These include: Bassenthwaite Lake, Buttermere, Coniston Water, Derwent Water, Esthwaite, Ennerdale Water, Crummock Water, Elterwater, Grasmere, Haweswater Reservoir. Loweswater, Rydal Water, Thirlmere (a reservoir that provides water to over 1 million homes in Manchester), Ullswater, Wast Water and Windermere.

Interestingly the only one actually named as a lake is ‘Bassenthwaite’ as the others are all ‘waters’ or ‘meres.’

Lake District hills are known as fells and offer a huge number of hill walks and challenging paths and walks. According to the Lake District’s most famous hill walker, Alfred Wainwright, there are 214 fells with many different routes.

The highest mountain is Scafell Pike at 3,209 feet. Great Gable and Helvellyn are slightly lower but offer better views.

The main attraction for visitors is the Lakes which boast stunning scenery and a wealth of outdoor activities including boating and canoeing. The area was first occupied by the Romans and heavily influenced by the Norse in 900AD. The woods were cleared and charcoal was produced to smelt lead in Glenridding and copper in Borrowdale Valley and Coniston.

Herdwick Sheep were introduced to the fells and dry stone walls were built in the 18th century. The first tourism in the Lakes came in the early 19th century when the railway to Windermere was finished.

Windermere station is most conveniently located for the Southern Lakes. The train from here travels to Oxenholme station on the main West Coast line. The Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line also links the lakes to Yorkshire.

For the northern lakes, it is best to travel to Penrith, from where it is possible to catch a bus to Keswick.

If you are planning a trip to Windermere and want to explore the Lakes, the road between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness allows access to many of the Cumbrian seaside towns and villages.

Mountain Goat are popular tour operators for excursions around the Lake District and offer a range of half day and full day tours.

Boat trips can be taken on most lakes, including Windermere, Ullswater, Derwent Water and Coniston.

If you are planning a visit to the Lake District, make sure you enjoy the attractions of Windermere.

Known for its natural beauty, its stunning scenery and its incredible lake, Windermere is a king among Lake District destinations. Majestic mountain backdrops and rolling hills provide perfect terrain for walkers, hikers and ramblers who come to enjoy this special part of the Lake District.

Whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors, sail across the lake on a Windermere cruise or chill out in your own spa room with hot tub, you will find plenty of things to do.

Not only does Windermere offer a wide choice of outdoor activities, but you can also drink your way around the real ale pubs, eat your way around the bistros, gastro bars and cafes and soak away your troubles in a spa hotel.

Choose a Windermere hotel with hot tub suites, mood lighting, separate cinema rooms, separate spa rooms and four poster beds – perfect for a romantic weekend or a midweek break. If you are celebrating a special occasion in Windermere, such as a birthday or wedding, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury accommodation near the lake.

The Lakes Aquarium is a popular attraction for all ages. Situated on the southern shore of Windermere, the award-winning Lakes Aquarium is popular with visitors of all ages, and you can enjoy a re-created trip below Windermere, the Seashore Discovery Zone, the Virtual Dive Bell, the Over Lake Tank and much more.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, is a great place to visit for all the family. With interactive exhibitions, an adventure playground, a café, shop and information centre, plus direct access to the lake from the gardens, this is a great day out for all the family. It is well worth visiting Brockhole just to enjoy the stunning gardens, and the views down to Windermere.

Book yourself onto a Windermere Lakes Cruise from Bowness Bay, which run all year round. You can either cruise directly across the river, or stop off at some of the attractions between Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside. Enjoy a relaxing sail across Windermere, or buy an all-day ticket which will allow you to hop on and off the boat where you choose. Many trippers take a picnic, and combine a boat trip with a stroll around the shore of England´s biggest lake.

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House is one of the major attractions near Windermere. Visitors can enjoy stunning views over the lake from the gardens, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere in the house itself, which was built between 1898 and 1900, and designed by M H Baillie Scott. Blackwell was originally built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, owner of the Manchester Brewery.

Original features ensure Blackwell retains much of its original charm. Several rooms are used as galleries, and the gardens offer a picturesque terrace bordered by flowers where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat and take in the incredible views.

The Lake District National Park is one of the most beautiful locations in England, and covers 875 square miles of Cumbria.

Whether you plan to visit the Lake District to enjoy climbing, trekking, walking or simply relaxing, you will find everything you need within easy reach of England’s biggest lake, Windermere.

With 16 lakes and 53 tarns, every stretch of water in the Lake District has its own unique elements. Most of the lakes boast beautiful mountain, fells and hillside backdrops.

Waste Water is England’s deepest lake at 79m at its deepest point and Windermere the longest at 10.5 miles. The highest fell is Scafell Pike at 3,209ft. Helvellyn and Great Gable offer fantastic views and are still high in the Lakeland fells.

It is easy to see why famous poets, William Wordsworth, Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge made their homes here and were inspired by the dramatic scenery to write some of their most renowned works.

The Lake District is home to some of the most beautiful spa hotels, and luxury cottage accommodation in Windermere, offering fabulous facilities in England’s most famous national park. Spa hotels in the Lake District provide perfect accommodation if you want a romantic weekend away or to be pampered during your stay.

Enjoy a boat trip across Windermere, Ulverston or Coniston to enjoy views from the water. A narrow-gauge steam railway between Ravenglass and Eskdale Stations is also worth a visit.

A choice of traditional local pubs serving typical Cumbrian fare and real ales can be found throughout Windermere and Bowness. Try the Cumbrian lamb, the Cumberland sausages or the Grasmere gingerbread for a real treat. Borrowdale trout is a must for fish lovers.

Also home to almost 30 traditional breweries, most Cumbria pubs serve traditional real ales, perfect for quenching your thirst after a hard day out walking the fells. With many unique characteristics and hundreds of fantastic attractions for all the family, the Lake District has been popular with tourists since Victorian times, when wealthy city-dwellers bought holiday houses in the area. The tranquil splendour of the lakes and the clear air of the countryside was said to benefit the health of early visitors and the rest, as they say, is history.

The diverse landscape of the Lake District offers visitors a range of rugged and wild terrain, mountains and fells, and of course, magnificent lakes. The lonely tarns and dales make the Lake District a walker´s paradise and a perfect destination for a weekend away.

Windermere in England’s scenic Lake District is famous for its stunning countryside, its award-winning attractions and its beautiful lakes.

Over 16 million people flock to the Lake District each year to walk, hike, swim and chill out in some of the best spa hotels Windermere.

Ten quirky facts you probably didn’t know about Windermere include:

  • In 1895, Windermere was completely frozen for six weeks when locals could walk from one side to the other. Other frozen years were 1864, 1946 and 1963
  • Orrest Head was the first summit in Windermere to be reached by Alfred Wainwright who said: ‘those few hours at Orrest Head cast a spell that changed my life'
  • The Baddeley Clock on the main road marks the division between Windermere and Bowness. It was built as a memorial to M J B Baddeley (1843-1906) who wrote a series of well-regarded guidebooks
  • The two towns of Windermere and Bowness were the second area in England to have electric street lighting - supplied from a hydro-electric plant at Troutbeck Bridge
  • A curious plaque set into the pavement of Crag Brow reads ‘This footpath is not dedicated to the public', meaning that the public have no right of way over this area but are allowed to do so by permission of the landowner
  • Storrs Hall was built by John Bolton, who was a ship owner and slave trader. It is said that the slaves were kept in the cellars of Storrs Hall until buyers could be found for them
  • Charles Dickens apparently ‘frequented' the New Hall Inn in Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Windermere’s Hole in t'Wall pub got its name thanks to the gap in the brickwork that was knocked through so that the blacksmith next door could be served a beer while at his anvil
  • The name ‘Windermere’ is made up of two words – ‘mere’ which is the old English word for a body of water, and ‘Vinander’ an old Norse name
  • Wray Castle is visible across the lake from Low Wood Bay. The castle was built in 1840 for a retired Liverpool surgeon. A member of his family, Hardwicke Rawnsley, in a bid to protect the countryside from damaging development, went on to conceive the idea of a National Trust

Whether you are planning to visit Windermere for a long weekend, a midweek stay or a day trip, you will find plenty of things to see and do. Whatever time of year you visit, a wide choice of award-winning attractions are available. From country houses to adventure playgrounds and romantic spa hotels to Michelin star restaurants, Windermere has something for everyone!

To avoid the crowds in the Lake District, visit during spring or autumn, before or after the long summer school holidays.

A haven for walkers, hikers and lovers of the great outdoors, the Lake District offers a wide choice of natural attractions, which are best enjoyed out of the main season.

The Lake District is one of the most relaxing places in England and whether you are planning to stroll on the fells, relax at a Windermere spa hotel or embark on a tour of the local stately homes, you will find plenty of places to keep you entertained.

Few things are more enjoyable than a long walk on the fells, fuelled by Kendal mint cake, followed by a pint of real ale in a country pub with roaring fire, or a soak in a hot tub suite in one of Windermere’s spa hotels.

Dramatic scenery, glistening lakes and award-winning attractions see over 16 million visitors come to the Lake District each year.

Stay as much off the beaten track as you can if you want to really explore the hidden gems of the Lakes. Windermere is a great place to lose yourself out of season, and a lakes cruise followed by a walk around the shore come highly recommended.

Nearly every valley in the Lake District has a micro-climate, and contrary to rumour, the sun often shines (although it may not be the Mediterranean variety). Late spring and early autumn can be much warmer than legend has it and if you are feeling adventurous, why not enjoy a dip in Windermere?

The good thing about the Lake District is that you will always find plenty of things to see and do, whatever the weather throws at you. Head to Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal. This grand Georgian building houses a very good collection of paintings by George Romney, who was a local, and consistently impressive exhibitions.

The Armitt Museum, Ambleside is a unique Library and museum with the emphasis on fun and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts and objects relating to the Lake District.

The Honister Slate Mines are the last working slate mines in the Lake District and a fully guided tour underground is available throughout the day. Also information about the history and features of this spectacular mine.

The award-winning Rheged Centre was named after Cumbria´s Celtic Kingdom and its attractions include a cinema screen the size of 6 double decker buses. This excellent venue gets very busy when the weather is poor so get there early if you can.

The Puzzling Place was opened in 2001 in Museum Square, Keswick and incorporates a gallery style exhibition which is different to anything experienced in the area before, combining fun, surprise and education. Lots of interactive exhibitions.

Whatever time of year you visit the Lake District, you are sure to find a wide choice of things to do. Almost all attractions are open year round so you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Lakes without the crowds!

If you are planning a romantic weekend in Windermere to celebrate a special occasion, you will find plenty of things to see and do near the lake.

Romance and the Lake District go hand in hand from the days when poet William Wordsworth lived and worked in the area, residing at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount, which are still open to the public.

Windermere Cruises

Windermere cruises run every day of the year, so whenever you decide to visit the lakes, you can still take a trip around this famous lake. The whole trip takes 3 hours, but you can hop on and off the boat wherever you like, and visit local attractions or walk around the shoreline. Parking is available at all the main jetties, and Ambleside and Bowness are good places to start.

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Windermere Walks

Blessed with some of the finest landscapes in Britain, there is no better place to walk than Windermere. Levels of difficulty and time differ with each walk, and it is up to you whether you spend a day hiking on the fells or an hour enjoying a gentle stroll around the shoreline. There are also some great pubs, bars and restaurants around Windermere, so if you want to make a day of it, pack a picnic or make the most of the pub fare, which usually includes some delicious Cumbrian specialities.

Michelin Star Lake District

If you want to treat someone special to a delicious meal in the Lake District, why not book a table at one of the Michelin star restaurants in the region. Known for its fabulous restaurants, Lake District restaurants with Michelin Stars include: L´enclume at Cartmel, Sharrow Bay at Ullswater and the Samling at Ambleside, which offer excellent food in stunning locations.

Hot Air Balloon Flights

What better way to enjoy a view of England´s most scenic region than from a hot air balloon? Book a champagne trip for you and your loved one, and take a flight over Windermere and the surrounding countryside. Romantic hot air balloon trips are available from most sites around the Lake District, including Windermere.

Cinemas and theatres near Windermere

Whatever time of the year you visit the Lake District, if you are a film fan, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to theatres and cinemas. Take a trip to the Brewery Arts Centre, Zefferelli´s Cinema at Ambleside or the Royalty Cinema in Bowness for all the latest blockbusters. Famous local theatres include: The Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness and the Playhouse at Brampton.

Gingerbread – a natural aphrodisiac?

Just North of Lake Windermere is the beautiful village of Grasmere, home to the infamous Grasmere Gingerbread shop which has been owned and run by the Wilson family for over 60 years. The recipe for the mouth-watering delicacies on sale here is so secret it’s locked away in Ambleside’s National Westminster Bank!

If you are planning a honeymoon in Windermere you can choose from a wide range of spa hotels, boutique hotels and luxury hotels close to the lake.

Why not choose a luxury Windermere spa hotel with hot tubs, four poster beds, jacuzzi baths for 2, LCD TV´s and luxurious bathrooms and steam rooms? Enjoy some pampering sessions in the spa beauty rooms and luxuriate in your suite after a long day walking the fells.

Honeymoons are a special time for couples, and whether you want to walk along the water´s edge at Windermere, or partake in some more adventurous outdoor activities you will find plenty of things to see and do whatever time of year you visit.

Take a trip across the lake by boat, visit villages at the other side of the water, or hop on and off where you choose, visiting some great attractions along the way including the Lakes Aquarium.

Romance and the Lake District go hand in hand, and if you want to explore the region, book a seat on board the Settle to Carlisle Railway which whisks you through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct and through the Blea Moor tunnel and on to Carlisle. The scenery is stunning along the route.

Windermere is blessed with some of the finest scenery in Windermere, and if you want to walk in the footsteps of famous former resident and poet, William Wordsworth, enjoy the quiet trails and routes around the lake.

The region is also blessed with some of the best restaurants in England, many of which are Michelin starred. Try the Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel in Windermere with 4 dining rooms and a choice of beautifully presented classical English dishes. A little further afield but also worth a visit is L´Enclume at Grange-over-sands, Cartmel with modern cuisine and a range of dishes incorporating local cuisine.

Holbeck Ghyll at Ambleside offers excellent cuisine and a wide choice of flavours, using fresh seasonal produce.

Farmer´s markets are held regularly in and around Windermere, and you can pick up some delicious local cheeses, patés and pickles.

If you enjoy visiting stately homes, take a trip to Levens Hall which boasts magnificent topiary gardens and dates back to 1694. Said to be the oldest topiary in the world, visitors come to Levens Hall from all over the world to enjoy the hall and the gardens. Well worth a visit.

If you can drag yourself out of your luxury spa hotel in Windermere, you will find plenty of activities in and around the town, including hiking, cycling, horse riding, museums, stately homes and museums.

The Lake District is famous not only for its stunning scenery and lakes, but also for its

Famous poets, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, were inspired by the beauty of the Lake District in the early 1800´s, when the first romantic hotels in Windermere opened their doors.

Over 16 million tourists now visit the Lake District each year, and a wide choice of spa hotels, guest houses and boutique hotels are now situated close to the shores of England´s biggest lake.

Romance and luxury go hand in hand with Windermere, and whether you are planning to book a midweek break or a weekend break in the Lakes, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation.

Romantic hotels include spas, four poster beds, mood lighting, patios with hammocks and garden furniture, private hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpool baths and luxury bathrooms.

If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, such as a birthday, an anniversary, a wedding or honeymoon, choose from a wide range of romantic hotels in Windermere that offer every luxury.

There is nothing better than a full day out walking the fells or enjoying a boat trip across Windermere followed by a relaxing soak in your own hot tub or relaxing in a private garden with patio and hammock.

Whether you want to enjoy a romantic weekend or a midweek break in Windermere, it can be as action-packed or laid back as you choose. A vast range of attractions in Windermere keep visitors flocking back for more, and state-of-the-art luxurious hotel facilities provide a perfect place to kick back and relax.

Windermere is also famous for its wide choice of gourmet restaurants, country pubs, cafés and bars serving locally made dishes and real ales, sometimes brewed on the premises.

The Lake District provides plenty of things to see and do for all ages, including museums, stately homes, aquariums, cinemas, outdoor pursuits and award-winning attractions.

Windermere is easily accessible from Scotland and from the north and south of England via the M6 motorway. Windermere Train Station is situated at the top end of the town, just over one mile from the lake.

If you want to book a quiet hotel close to the lake, check out the spa hotels near Windermere where you will find full spa facilities, including pampering beauty treatments, large hot tub suites, four poster beds, comfortable sofas and large LCD TVs.

Special dates in the calendar, including Valentine´s Day in Windermere fill up quickly, and some of the most sought after hotels need to be booked well in advance.

Windermere is also a great place to base yourself if you want to explore the Lakes. Towns worthy of a visit in include nearby Grasmere and Dove Cottage, the former house of William Wordsworth, Keswick, Coniston and Ambleside with its chocolate box houses and cobbled streets.

Whatever time of year you plan to visit Windermere, you will find plenty of things to see and do. Book well in advance if you are planning to celebrate a special occasion and enjoy the stunning scenery, the luxurious facilities in your hotel and the very warm welcome you are likely to get!

Luxury hotels in Windermere offer a choice of stunning attractions, including hot tub suites, four poster beds, mood lighting, whirlpool baths and even patios with hammocks and garden furniture.

If you are looking for a romantic hotel in Windermere, a vast range of options include guest houses, spa hotels, boutique hotels and five star luxury hotels are situated close to the Lake shore.

Windermere is a perfect place to base yourself if you are planning to explore the Lakes or celebrate a special occasion and all the major attractions are situated nearby in Bowness Bay.

The beauty of Windermere is that whatever you choose to do, everything is within easy reach. Popular outdoor activities include hiking, walking, climbing, cycling, or taking a boat trip across Windermere.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, the Lakes Aquarium and Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House in Bowness also come highly recommended and are well worth a visit.

Luxury hotels in Windermere may also include full spa facilities offering beauty treatments. Imagine a day out exploring the Lakeland countryside followed by a pampering spa treatment or a long soak in your very own hot tub … heaven!

Luxury Lake District hotels also provide perfect accommodation if you are celebrating a wedding, a honeymoon or a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.

Romantic poets, William Wordsworth, Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were three of the Lake District´s most famous former residents. Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both former homes of William Wordsworth are open to the public, and give a glimpse into the life of England´s Poet Laureate when he lived in Cumbria.

The Lake District first became famous as a tourist resort in Victorian times when wealthy families would travel to Cumbria to ´take in´ the fresh lake air, which they believed would benefit their health.

Tourism numbers in the Lake District increased dramatically in the early 19th century thanks to the establishment of railway links in areas such as Kendal and Windermere. These railway links made the Lake District much more accessible to working people, and it was no longer just the haunt of the rich.

To accommodate the huge numbers of visitors, new attractions and facilities were introduced, including the steamer boats, made the Lake District an exciting and interesting place for holidays and brought economic growth to the local area.

Rich in culture and history with a range of museums, stately homes, country pubs and upmarket restaurants, the Lake District offers something for everyone, whatever time of year you choose to visit.

Today over 16 million visitors flock to the Lake District each year to enjoy the scenery, the walks, the vast range of attractions, the luxury hotels and of course, the world-famous Lakes.

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