Guest post by: Sharon Walton


Bowness [on] Windermere is a small town on the edge of Windermere, in the Lake District National Park. The Lake District is a mountainous region in the North West of England.  Windermere is the largest of the 16 bodies of water that make up the Lakes. Only Bassenthwaite Lake has Lake in its title.

Famous residents of the Lake District include – Beatrix Potter, who moved to the lake district after falling in love with the area. The natural beauty of the lake inspired her paintings and illustrations which can be seen in her books, especially The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

William Wordsworth, he wrote, ” I wandered lonely as a cloud ” after being inspired by a host of golden daffodils while on a walk in the lake district. Dove Cottage, Grasmere, was Wordsworth’s home and is still open to the public today.


How to Get Here and Where to Stay

There are lots of hotels, B & B´s, camping and caravan sites. There are also log cabins and holiday cottages to choose from. The wide range of accommodation means there is something to suit all needs, including those who wish to bring their dog.

Bowness on Windermere in the Lake District can be reached by car, train or bus. For the more energetic, you can now use one of the cycle tracks to ride into Bowness also. Follow the link below for more information.

It is a haven for walkers all year round with great pubs, that offer both a beer garden for the summer months, and log fires to warm you up in the winter.



Things to do in Bowness on Windermere

The area is awesome for walkers who have dogs as most places allow dogs in for drinks at the end of the day. Below is a useful link to walks in and around Bowness:

Aside from the numerous amount of walking trails to follow, there is an abundance of shops, restaurants, pubs, tourist attractions and a cinema to keep you entertained.

The World of Beatrix Potter

The characters of Beatrix Potter’s stories are brought to life in this recreation of the Lakeland countryside. Open every day from 10 am to 4.30pm – £7.95 for adults and £3.95 for children.


The Fun Factory

This is an indoor play area for children with a cafe open every day from 10 pm to 6 pm, perfect for a rainy day.

Windermere Steamboat Museum

If you like boating you can hire your own rowboat for the day. You will have to share the lake with lots of other boats.

You can also take one of the tour boats the go up and down the river. Take one of the many routes the Windermere Lake Cruises offer. The cruises are from 45 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the cruise you choose.

The cruises vary in price from £8.25 for adults and £4.15 for children to £11.30 for adults and £6.80 for children.

If you plan to stay for a couple of days, you can buy a 24-hour pass to use on any of the cruises. This will work out cheaper if you take advantage of a number of tours. The price is £15 for adults and £7.50 for children. If you book online you get 10% discount and the cruises run all year.

If you are exploring the beauty of Yorkshire, check out our posts on Goathland and Kettlewell.