Hubby and I have been living in the Lakes now for close on 14 years. Our guest house is in Bowness-on-Windermere, a pretty Lakeland village and one of the main entry points into the Lakes as it is only 20 minutes’ drive or so from the M6 motorway, and a mile north of Windermere Train Station and Bus Depot.

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Visitors browse the shops on one of the main roads of bustling Bowness-on-Windermere.

But the reason we chose to live at Blenheim Lodge is due to the fact that we would have been able to benefit from the best of all worlds:

Blenheim Lodge, our AA 4-Star Bed and Breakfast in Bowness-on-Windermere.
Blenheim Lodge, our AA 4-Star Bed and Breakfast in Bowness-on-Windermere.

our location backing into a fell with walks within a minute’s stroll;

Blenheim Lodge is nestled into Brantfell. This photo shows our guest house taken from a vantage point on Brantfell behind our house.
Blenheim Lodge is nestled into Brantfell. This photo shows our guest house taken from a vantage point on Brantfell behind our house.

the quietness and tranquillity of our hilltop spot from which one can survey Windermere and the many far flung fells beyond from practically all our rooms;

The best of both worlds! The view from our porch at Blehheim Lodge: looking down from our elevated hilltop location on Brantfell upon Bowness centre and Lake Windermere, just 2-5 minutes' walk from our front door.
The best of both worlds! The view from our porch at Blehheim Lodge: looking down from our elevated hilltop location on Brantfell upon Bowness village and Lake Windermere, just 2-5 minutes’ walk from our front door.

and the 5-minute walking proximity to Bowness town centre with all its great amenities and attractions, not forgetting Windermere itself, with its pleasure trips on the Lake and other water-based activities. What is there not to like?

Ferries of different shapes and sizes lay up in Bowness Bay for the evening.
Ferries of different shapes and sizes lay up in Bowness Bay for the evening.

Having lived and worked in the Lakes for some time now, I have come to realise that the Lakes can never stop givingAnd so I come to the best 5 reasons for visiting the Lakes.

'Row, row, row your boat . . .' A great way to exercise on one of the numerous lakes in the English Lake District. Here are some canoeists on enjoying a little scenic activity.
‘Row, row, row your boat . . .’ A great way to soak in the early morning calm on one of the numerous lakes in the English Lake District.

1. Pulchritude 

It can never be an exaggeration to state that the Lake District National Park is stupendously beautiful almost beyond belief. Its undulating fells and myriad bodies of water, walks, caves, and pretty waterfalls have inspired artists and poets, writers and photographers, all of whom have tried to capture the essence of the Lakes in their creations.

A tranquil outlook from The Attic bedroom at Blenheim Lodge B&B: Lake Windermere lies still and serene as the last mists of an inversion disperses.
A tranquil outlook from The Attic bedroom at Blenheim Lodge B&B: Lake Windermere lies still and serene as the last mists of an inversion disperses.

2. Tranquillity

There are many places in the Lake District where one can simply tune out. For example, guests staying at our B&B can walk the 2-5 minutes into Bowness centre and engage in all its hustle and bustle. Or, these same guests can stay in our house and . . . listen – to the sound of silence. Take a walk on the fell that is on our doorstep to any of its viewpoints or meander at a pace to suit along pretty walks: peace and quiet await, so that one can relax in perfect serenity.

A place to contemplate the world. Here is a photo of one of the viewpoints located behind our guest house. Brantfell is about 40 minutes' walk from our front door. Enjoy this stunning scenery when you stay at Blenheim Lodge. (Photo courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)
A place to contemplate the world. Here is a photo of one of the viewpoints located behind our guest house. Brantfell summit is about 40 minutes’ walk from our front door. Enjoy this stunning scenery when you stay at Blenheim Lodge. (Photo courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

Alternatively, search out your own special place of quietude: absorb the calmness of your surroundings and breathe.

Early evening at High Dam, only a few minutes across Windermere from us in Bowness. The light is lasting much later into the day now.
Early evening at High Dam, only a few minutes across Windermere from us in Bowness. The light is lasting much later into the day now.

3. Fresh Local Produce

The Lake District is essentially a rural community, so good food is literally sourced from the ground up. Dig into breakfasts of just-cooked fresh local produce when visiting with us at Blenheim Lodge. Eat out at local restaurants where freshly prepared local meats are on the menu. Try local desserts and drinks. And don’t forget Grasmere gingerbread and Cartmel sticky toffee pudding, two iconic eats of the Lake District.

Tuck into a breakfast of local produce, including our butcher's own hand-cured and cut bacon and handmade sausages.
Tuck into a breakfast of local produce, including our butcher’s own hand-cured and hand-cut bacon and handmade sausages.

4. The National Park with the ‘Mostest’

(i) The Lake District National Park is the National Park with the largest natural lake in England, Windermere. Take a watery trip on Windermere: we offer 10% off tickets on a number of ferry rides with Windermere Lake Cruises, and can also arrange sail outings with dinner or lunch on board a luxury yacht. If you fancy doing all the hard work, try kayaking or canoeing instead.

This photo was shot from the Eyrie, our single guest room on the second floor of Blenheim Lodge. Here is one of the passing ferries that ply the Lake year in year out. Photo taken on 27th April.
This photo was shot from the Eyrie, our single guest room on the second floor of Blenheim Lodge. Here is one of the passing ferries that ply the Lake year in and year out. Photo taken on 27th April.

(ii) Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and this famous peak is situated in the Lake District. One of the Wainwrights, Scafell Pike has four different routes mapped out to its summit. One of these begins at Wasdale Head at the northern end of Wastwater.

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Scafell, one of England’s highest mountains, in Wasdale. (Photo by Dave Willis, courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

(iii) Speaking of Wastwater, it is England’s deepest lake. A 2007 viewer survey on ITV named Wastwater as Britain’s favourite view.

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Rainbow over Wastwater, courtesy of www.chrisceaser.com.

(iv) Meanwhile the highest pass open to motor traffic in England is also to be found in the Lake District National Park. This is Kirkstone Pass, which has an altitude of 1489 feet. Sitting upon it is England’s third highest public house, the Kirkstone Pass Inn.

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‘Looking North from the top of Kirkstone Pass towards Brothers Water.’ (Caption and photo by Ben Barden courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

(v) I mustn’t forget, of course, to name Britain’s best drive in this section: it is the A591, described by Mark Hadley, a quantum physicist, as the UK’s best road to drive.

He said: “There are four key phases of a drive, bends, acceleration, cruising and braking.

“A great driving road strikes just the right balance between the phases so you get the exhilaration of speed and acceleration, while corners test your driving capabilities and long stretches allow you to enjoy the scenery.”

(www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/scientific-formula-chooses-britains-best-5562303)

The A591 is a 30-mile stretch of road from Kendal (the gateway to the Lakes) to Keswick. En-route, drivers and passengers alike are treated to spectacular views of lakes and fells, with many calling it the most beautiful motorway in England.

This is just a small part of the beautiful road that we drove to Keswick from Bowness-on-Windermere, with surrounding mountains, green fells and sparkling lakes to admire! (Photo courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)
This is just a small part of the beautiful road to Keswick from Bowness-on-Windermere, with surrounding mountains, green fells and sparkling lakes to admire! (Photo courtesy of Steven Barber.)

5. Herdwick sheep 

When did sheep ever ‘keep and maintain’ a National Park? The Herdwick are special and they are important to the cultivation and maintenance of the Lake District landscape. I am going to quote from the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association here:

Herdwick sheep are the native breed of the central and western Lake District and live on the highest of England’s mountains. They are extremely hardy and are managed in the traditional way on the Lake District fells that have been their home for generations.

Tony Richards' photo of 'climbing onto Huntingstile Crag, above High Close', Lake District National Park.
Tony Richards’ photo of ‘climbing onto Huntingstile Crag, above High Close’, Lake District National Park.

The word “Herdwyck”, meaning sheep pasture, is recorded in documents going back to the 12th century. Herdwick sheep are the most hardy of all Britain’s breeds of hill sheep, grazing the central and western dales of the Lake District with fells running to over 3000 feet.

An ewe with her lamb at Tarn Hows. Herdwick young are born black, but their fleece changes in colour as they grow towards adulthood.
An ewe with her lamb at Tarn Hows. Herdwick young are born black, but their fleece changes in colour as they grow towards adulthood.

Herdwick farms have typically less than 100 acres of lower, more productive land and rely on the common grazings of the high Lake District fells. The lambs graze with their mothers on the “heaf” belonging to that farm instilling a life long knowledge of where on the fell they should be grazing. This is crucial as the central Lake District fells are inaccessible and a sheep which strays from Borrowdale to Eskdale will involve a 100 mile round trip by road for the farmer to collect it.

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‘Brrr . . . It’s cold!’ Sheep on Kirkstone Pass near Bowness-on-Windermere. (Photo courtesy of www.lakelandcam.com.)

The Herdwick’s hardiness and ability to graze over a wide area of fell is key to the maintenance of the Lake District landscape as we know it.

(www.herdwick-sheep.com)

So, here are only 5 of many more reasons to vote for the Lake District National Park with your feet. Have I mentioned the stunning waterfalls?

Waterfall in the Lake District
Stunning Aira Force waterfall by Ullswater in the English Lake District.

Come take a break with us at Blenheim Lodge and use our home as a great place to relax and convenient base to get out and about in the Lakes. Our B&B is well placed for easy access around this wonderful playground that is the Lakes, whether you decide to drive, take public transport, or prefer for us to arrange return tours from our doorstep.

A shot of Old Bowness and Lake Windermere are sweetly framed within the Victorian arches of our 1868 guest house in the Lake District, Blenheim Lodge.
A shot of Old Bowness and Lake Windermere are is framed within the Victorian arches of our 1868 guest house in the Lake District, Blenheim Lodge.

Book a midweek break, a weekend break, or a longer stay over May Bank Holiday long weekend. Relax or be active – it is your holiday, and the Lake District is just the best for doing nothing or everything (if you can). Perhaps take advantage of some of our Special Offers when booking direct with us. We look forward to welcoming you.

The Attic at Blenheim Lodge offers outstanding views of Windermere and the fells.
The Attic at Blenheim Lodge offers outstanding views of Windermere and the fells.
A camera's close-up view from The Attic of Lake Windermere and the Claife Heights mountains.
A camera’s close-up view from The Attic of Lake Windermere and the Claife Heights mountains.

Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’

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