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Blenheim Lodge Things to see & do in The English Lake District

Things to See and Do in Bowness on Windermere and The Lakes

Blenheim Lodge is ideally situated for a relaxing break in the Lake District. Our Windermere bed and breakfast guest accommodation feels 'far from the madding crowd', being quietly situated as it is against acres of National Parkland. However, if you enjoy the hustle and bustle of town, we are only 5 minutes' walk* from the shops, restaurants, pubs, local tourist attractions and other amenities. The Lake and pier are 5-10 minutes' walk from us, where guests can catch a Windermere Lake cruise.

* Blenheim Lodge is uniquely situated in an elevated position which offers splendid Lake and countryside views as well as a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. It is inasmuch our hospitality as our location that makes our Windermere bed and breakfast accommodation so special: both for the far-reaching Lake Windermere and countryside views from our rooms and also for the peaceful haven that our guest house provides away from the busy roads and crowds of Bowness on Windermere's main roads.

Blenheim Lodge is a hideaway in the truest sense of the word: a close 5-minute walk to all local amenities and the Lake, yet secretly tucked away in a little hidden corner of Bowness on Windermere where woodland birds sing in fresh country air. However, the descent to or ascent from Bowness village can be a little tricky for some. A taxi can be organised on these occasions costing approximately £3.50.

Activities Organised by Blenheim Lodge

Sail and Dine on Lake Windermere

Enjoy a morning, afternoon or evening sail with brunch, dinner or cheese and wine on a luxury yacht. We can organise a romantic meal on board or a more active brunch sail with hands-on sailing for the intrepid learner or experienced sailor on Lake Windermere.

The yacht can take a maximum of 6 passengers plus the skipper or we can organise an exclusive charter of the yacht for that very special occasion. Different sailing packages are available to suit our guests, so whether you are travelling on your own, or are part of a couple or larger party, do ask for details if you are interested in taking to the waters.

Guided and Self-guided Walks

We can arrange for guides to pick you up from our door: www.walkingways.co.uk

The Lake District Walker offers personal and small group guided walks catering to all abilities. 01900 822448/ 0780 59291932/ www.thelakedistrictwalker.co.uk

Door to Door Mini-coach Tours

See the very best of Lakeland with a first class driver and guide. We can help you book into a variety of tour outings. Park your car, hang up your keys, relax and enjoy. Just ask! Discover unforgettable mountain passes and lakes, hidden tarns, trips on the Lake, miniature steam railways and steamboats, haunted castles, Roman remains, and much more!

Fishing Permits

Enjoy a free day's fishing with two FREE bank fishing permits with Windermere, Ambleside and District Angling Association - First Come First Served Basis.

Activities in the Local Area

Blenheim Lodge is great for people who enjoy activities.

Being situated in the middle of the Lake District National Park means that guests who stay with us have easy access to the many activities supported by the area.

Dales Way Walk

The Dales Way Walk practically ends in our backyard (literally a half minute's walk from our front door!) and we are the first guest house you will encounter as you finish walking the Dales Way. Three view points are just 10-20 minutes' walk from us, two of which, Post Knott and Brantfell, boast 360-degree views of beautiful Lakeland countryside to Lake Windermere. Many tired walkers embrace the comforts of our friendly guest house when they arrive to be greeted with a welcome mug of tea or coffee and a soak in the bath for tired feet! We have outside taps for boots and a drying room for damp footwear, clothes and jackets.

Cycling and Biking

Blenheim Lodge is also cyclist and biker friendly, with some private level parking for motorcycles. For cyclists, we can offer some locked storage.


A 20-minute car ride will take you to Coniston's Spoon Hall Trekking Centre which caters for riders of all abilities, including beginners.

Tuition and Guides

For anglers, we offer two FREE bank fishing permits for the local area on a first come first served basis. Fishing tuition or expeditions can be arranged for budding anglers or the more experienced fisherman.

We are climber, walker, and angler friendly and can help organize professional guides for you. We can also help you organize sightseeing tours or private sightseeing guides that will pick you up from our door.

Bowness on Windermere

Bowness on Windermere, situated on the shores of Lake Windermere, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the English Lake District. This bustling resort boasts many unique shops and fine eating and drinking establishments.

The range of activities in Bowness on Windermere is wide, from sightseeing to catching a cruise on the Lake. This lakeside town is popular with all ages, with a focus on the lakeshore at Bowness Bay. Many kinds of lake excursions can be made from here: from hiring wooden rowing boats to sailing on the steamers taking visitors out across England's largest lake.

The Lake District (General)

The Lake District is often described as the most beautiful corner of England. The pace of life can be as relaxing or as exciting as you want it to be.

Windermere, England's longest lake, is surrounded by rolling hills. Derwentwater and Ullswater are circled by rugged fells. As well as being voted Britain's favourite view by the public in 2007, England's deepest lake, Wastwater, is dominated by soaring mountains including England's highest peak, Scafell Pike, at 3,201 feet.

The Lake District also has strong literary connections. Visitors can see the landscapes that inspired the Lakes Poets, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the works or writers such as Arthur Ransome of Swallows and Amazons fame. They can also visit the homes of William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and the philosopher, John Ruskin, all of which are a short few miles from Blenheim Lodge, our Windermere bed and breakfast guest house.

Things to Do from Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere is the largest lake in England at 10.5 miles long and up to 200 feet deep in places. Take a relaxing trip along the whole Lake or take in sections to soak up the inspiring scenery. Trips include cruises around the Lake's islands and between the ports, including Ferry House, Waterhead, Bowness and Lakeside.
015394 43360/ www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

The Lake District's only Standard Gauge Preserved Railway. Head to Haverthwaite, park your car, visit the shop, restaurant and engine shed, then board the train to relax and enjoy the ever-changing scenery of the Leven Valley.

World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness on Windermere

All 23 of Beatrix Potter's tales are brought to life at this interactive attraction. See Peter Rabbit's garden, explore Jemima Puddleduck's woodland glade and Mr. McGregor's greenhouse. Take a virtual walk through Lakeland and all the places that inspired Beatrix Potter's tales.
015394 88444/ www.hop-skip-jump.com

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Bowness on Windermere

Since 1998, £3.5 million has been raised in order to restore Blackwell and open it to the public as a gallery providing a national and international focus for high quality Arts and Crafts. The aim has not been to create a static museum, but to bring back to life a very special house that was designed as a place to be enjoyed. The house itself is a wonderful combination of architecture, crafts and the applied arts. These elements, together with the restored garden terraces and its setting in one of the Lake District's most spectacular positions, create one of the most beautiful and exciting exhibition venues in the country.
015394 46139/ www.blackwell.org.uk

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

Situated at the side of Derwentwater, the theatre is Cumbria's only year-round theatre. As well as hosting a wide range of visiting shows in drama, music, dance, talks, comedy and film, the theatre also offers a summer season of 6 eclectic plays, a Christmas show, and an Easter production. Additional regular features in the theatre's year include the Keswick Film Festival in February, the Literature Festival in March and the Keswick Jazz Festival in May.
017687 74411/ www.theatrebythelake.com

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

On the edge of Grasmere lies Dove Cottage, the home of the Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, from 1799-1808. It was during his time here that he wrote many of his famous works, inspired by the beautiful surrounding landscape and it houses his personal belongings – see his bed, his suitcase, even his spectacles and calling cards. Visit the adjacent Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery for constantly changing, diverse and interesting exhibitions.
015394 35544/ www.wordsworth.org.uk

Hill Top, Hawkshead

In 1905, Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top and took a very active part in the running of it. She said she was at her happiest when she was with her farm animals. Today the house is in the care of the National Trust and open to the public. The furnishings, library and pretty garden are as she left them – it was a condition of her will.
015394 36269/ www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-hilltop

Steam Yacht Gondola to Brantwood, Coniston

The most romantic way to reach Brantwood – Ruskin's former home and gardens – is aboard this elegant 19th century steam yacht. Sit back and marvel at the shades reflecting on Lake Coniston .
015394 35599/ www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Brantwood, East of Lake Coniston

The gondola sails directly to this historic home of the famous British social thinker John Ruskin. Ruskin bought the home in 1871 and quickly set to work on imposing his concept of 'organic architecture' on the building. The original seven rooms used by Ruskin are open to the public and filled with original furniture, art and artefacts gathered and created by him. The house also has immaculately kept gardens, which enjoy expansive views across Lake Coniston.
015394 41164/ www.brantwood.org.uk

Fell Foot Country Park and Garden

This country park beside Lake Windermere offers substantial access to the lake shore of Windermere and superb views of the Lakeland Fells. There are fine picnic areas, rowing boat hire facilities and impressive displays of daffodils and rhododendrons in season.

You can with Kankku

Nobody sees the Lake District quite like Windermere-based Kankku which will take you out on off-road driving adventures on wild trail routes throughout the National Park. Whether you want to take the wheel of a 4x4 for the first time, upgrade your existing skills, take along your own motor, or just sit back and enjoy the ride, Kankku does it all. There are opportunities for individuals, groups and Kankku also has a Rally team which you can join for the day on a Live Championship Rally.

Go Ape in Grizedale Forest

Enjoy a forest like never before by taking part in this high adventure assault course up to 60 feet off the ground as you negotiate the tree tops of Grizedale Forest. You will tackle a series of breath-taking zipwires, hair-raising Tarzan swings and wobbly rope bridges in two hours of adrenaline soaked fun. Definitely not one for the faint hearted!


Alfred Wainwright is the Lake District's most famous fell walker and between 1952 and 1966, he combed 214 Lake District summits and wrote seven guide books about them – meticulously detailing and drawing the maps and routes by hand. The books are still in print today and can help you plot the walks and routes on your doorstep. One of the best known Wainwright walks is to Orrest Head, Windermere, which starts just opposite the train station, and takes about half an hour.

Grizedale Forest Centre, Grizedale

Grizedale Forest Park nestles in the heart of the Lake District between Lakes Windermere and Coniston. Activities range from gentle walks to exhilarating mountain bike rides. There are eight walking trails ranging from the easy access Ridding Wood Trail to the strenuous Silurian Way, five cycle routes ranging from two to 14 miles, plus cycle hire and a single track mountain bike trail. There are 70 forest sculptures to discover as well as a visitor centre, shop, café, and an extensive guided activity programme ranging from badger watching to children's activities.
01229 860010/ www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick

A mysterious stone circle set amid the dramatic fells of the Northern Lakes. Well worth a visit. Follow signs from the town centre.

Terrific hospitality. Enjoyed very relaxing few days – very comfortable. Magical, spectacular, unforgettable views. A real treat to be here!
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