Situated just 1.5 miles from the lake of the same name, you’ll find the popular village of Windermere in the Lake District. Not to be confused with the neighbouring village of Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere lies nestled beneath the gaze of the Coniston fells. Windermere gifts visitors with historic architecture, enthralling scenery, and plenty of shops, pubs, and cafes to boot. Follow hiking trails through the undulating landscapes and experience one of the relaxing Windermere cruises below the fells. Explore the historic village and its celebrated architecture, and discover many of the Windermere attractions, including its numerous galleries and museums.
As one of the Lake District’s most popular destinations, Windermere has something for everyone, from outdoor activities and fell walks to shopping and dining.
Things to Do in Windermere
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Windermere activities. Dive right into a range of exciting outdoor pursuits such as canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. If you don’t fancy adventures on the water, there’s plenty of fun things to do in Windermere that offer minimal chance of getting wet – unless it rains of course! Some of the main attractions include:
- World of Beatrix Potter
- Brockhole Visitor Centre – an exciting activity centre offering archery, mini-golf, zip-lining and more.
- Holehird Gardens – home to the Lakeland Horticultural Society
- Armitt Museum
- Windermere Jetty Museum
- Cookhouse Gallery
- Claife Viewing Station
- Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
- Wray Castle
- Lakeland Motor Museum
- Fell Foot Park
- Lakes Aquarium
Walks from Windermere in the Lake District
This circular walk around Gummer’s How is a short route of just 1.5 miles and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Begin at the Gummer’s How Forestry Car Park and make your way through towering pine trees and up the steps to the summit. You’ll encounter spectacular views over Lakeside village, Witherslack Scar and Arnside, as well as fantastic views across Lake Windermere itself.
This moderately challenging fell packs a punch with its incredible views over Windermere in the Lake District and if you make an early start, it’s a fairly short walk for reaching the summit of Loughrigg Fell in time for sunrise over the lake. The 360-degree panorama also takes in the Langdale Pikes, Rydal Water and Grasmere Water. It’s worth heading down to Rydal Cave where you can walk inside the huge cavern via the stepping stones.
A slightly longer walk that begins in Windermere is the route to Orrest Head. The walk starts on the road opposite the railway station, and you’ll know you’re on the right path when you see the large sign pointing you towards the summit of Orrest Head. During this moderate walk you’ll be greeted with views over Lake Windermere, Morecambe Bay, Red Screes, and Wansfell.
Beginning in Ambleside, walk along Stockghyll Lane and follow the path that leads into the woodland. For a circular route follow the loop around Low Grove which guides you back to Ambleside via Kirkstone Road. This 2.5-mile walk spoils you with views of waterfalls, woodland and exceptional scenery.
This is one for those wanting a lengthier walk and the 5-mile stretch is certain to get your blood pumping. Again, this route begins in Ambleside and provides a clear walk and scramble up this magnificent pike. During your walk, enjoy sights such as Stockghyll Force waterfall, and woods, in addition to exceptional views across to the Old Man of Coniston, the Langdale Pikes, and the Fairfield Horseshoe.
Windermere Lake District Accommodation
AD – There’s a fantastic range of places to stay in Windermere in the Lake District, from lakeside cabins and lodges to town-centre B&Bs. You’ll also find a good selection of dog-friendly accommodation if you want to holiday with your furry friends.