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48 hours in Windermere with Heart of the Lakes

Sitting at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lake District lies the vibrant town of Windermere. A gentle stroll downhill from Windermere and you reach the adjoining town of Bowness-on-Windermere, which sits on the shore of Lake Windermere itself - England’s largest natural lake.


Whether you’re looking for a quiet get-away or a group gathering, the Lake District has plenty to offer. Heart of the Lakes – Lakes District Cottages  are here to fulfil your accommodation wishes with over 300 perfectly placed properties including quaint cottages and sumptuous retreats.

Find your perfect property close to Windermere with Heart of the Lakes.


Cafe culture is ever-growing in Windermere with a fantastic range of coffee shops including brunch specialists Homeground Cafe and a favourite with the locals - Cafe Italia.

For evening dining there are plenty of options on offer; why not try bistro-style restaurant Francine’s and fish and seafood specialist Hooked.

Getting Around

Windermere is easily accessed by train or car. The town is serviced by a railway station running on a short line between Windermere and Oxenholme, from Oxenholme you can catch regular connections to reach Manchester Airport, Glasgow, London and Edinburgh.

If you prefer to travel by car, Windermere is just 15 miles from J36 on the M6. Once you’ve reached this picturesque town enjoy a scenic open-top bus ride to nearby towns Ambleside and Grasmere.


Start your day by jumping on-board a cruise on Lake Windermere, the lake looks at its best bathed in early morning light.

Entertain the kids at the famous World of Beatrix Potter Attraction where you can enter the world of Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Booking is recommended for this popular attraction.


Looking for a short circular walk straight from Windermere? Orrest Head is the perfect amble - it was the first fell climbed by Alfred Wainwright and offers spectacular views across Lake Windermere and the fells beyond.

For lake-side scenery head to Cockshott Point, tucked away at the end of Bowness bay - here you can photograph ducks, swans and gently swaying sailing boats. Take a picnic to enjoy a pleasant afternoon on the lakeshore.


Windermere is home to the flagship Lakeland store, situated in a beautiful building close to the railway station and specialising in creative kitchen and homeware - it’s not one to miss!

Windermere’s shopping scene is home to a selection of independent galleries and quaint boutiques - perfect for finding unique gifts for yourself and loved ones.


Baha in Bowness-on-Windermere is a plush music bar serving up live music from local legends up to six nights each week. The venue opened in 2017 and is spread over three floors with a lounge bar, restaurant and late-night party space.

For a more traditional pub atmosphere, Bowness’s oldest pub - the Hole in t’Wall hosts regular live music performances.


Blackwell Arts & Crafts House is situated less than 3 miles from Windermere. This Grade I listed historic house overlooks the lake and provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the best examples of an Arts & Crafts house in the UK.

For a fun and educational family day out, journey below Lake Windermere at Lakes Aquarium where you can stroll through the impressive underwater tunnel and learn about native British fish.