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.