Bowness on Windermere is a pretty village in the Lake District National Park. Being a denizen of Bowness, it is so easy to take everything for granted. However, there are really a lot of things to see and do in Bowness for visitors to this bustling Lakeland village to enjoy. Below are some of the local sights and things to do in Bowness on Windermere that guests to Blenheim Lodge might like.

  1. Most visitors to Bowness come via Windermere, considered the gateway to the Lakes. Rail and coach travellers to the Lakes terminate their journey in Windermere, and drivers coming off the M6 motorway at Junction 36 tend to take the A591 on which sits Windermere town. The journey from Windermere to Bowness on Windermere, also along the A591, is a mere 5-minute ride or 15-minute walk through Windermere town centre, busy with shops, restaurants, pubs and other amenities.

    Lake Windermere Railway Station
    The sign at Windermere Railway Station indicates just how close Lake Windermere is from it.
  2. The first glimpse of Lake Windermere when coming from Windermere town itself occurs at the top of a hilly street as it begins to drop down steeply into Bowness on Windermere. Shops, restaurants, pubs, church, and amenities such as a restored Art Deco cinema screening the latest movies, beauty salons and so on line the street – all for the locals and visitors to enjoy. Truly, one could try a different eatery each day for a whole month or two! And there are a goodly number of cuisines to enjoy as well. Even a choco-bar!
  3. The A591 changes its name intermittently as it traverses downwards into Bowness centre. Turn left and walk a little distance to Lake Windermere. Here, at Bowness Bay, there is a Visitor Centre with help and advice to proffer as required. Birds of many feathers live around Bowness Bay, making Lake Windermere a fabulous place to observe birdlife through the seasons.

    Lake Windermere boat trips
    Birds at Bowness Bay flock to visitors dispensing food by Bowness Pier.
  4. A few yards along is Bowness Pier, where sightseers can hop on and off the ferries that navigate England’s largest lake. Ferry tickets vary: from one-way to Freedom of the Lake tickets to those which include entry to various attractions ashore. In the busier seasons, visitors can also buy tickets which combine boat and bus rides with tickets to various attractions. It is even possible to enjoy an evening sail with live music aboard the ferries during Summer. (By the way, we are able to give our guests 10% DISCOUNT VOUCHERS which can be redeemed against certain ferry rides.)
  5. Also very popular with locals and visitors alike are The Glebe and Promenade at Bowness Bay. Many people like to picnic on The Glebe with its scenic view of Lake Windermere to the fells beyond. Others enjoy the Golf Course there. Events, such as live music and fairs, are also held at The Glebe. Meanwhile, at the Promenade, there are shops and eateries as well as lots of ice cream vendors to cater to that sweet tooth!
  6. Just along from the Promenade is a footpath leading to Cockshott Point, an easy and pretty walk which includes sweeping views of Windermere. Follow this walk all the way to Ferry Nab where Windermere’s car ferry crosses the Lake to Ferry House numerous times a day. Visitors can take their vehicles aboard or hop on as a foot passenger.

    Cockshott Point
    Cockshott Point on Windermere offers some very beautiful views of Lake and fell.
  7. When it is time to retire for the evening after a busy day out of fun, eats, and exploration, head back to Blenheim Lodge Bed and Breakfast where you will find a peaceful abode with comfortable beds to lull you to sleep. Guests who stay with us cannot help but notice that Blenheim Lodge is tucked upon a hill, Brant Fell. At the back of us are acres of fields and woodlands to explore. Walk along pretty country paths to viewpoints from which are far-reaching panoramic views of Old Bowness, Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. You will literally be able to see for miles around.

    Brant Fell, Bowness on Windermere
    On the summit of Brant Fell, a short hike behind our Bowness on Windermere Bed and Breakfast, Blenheim Lodge.
  8. Walkers of The Dales Way will find our Bowness Bed and Breakfast a most convenient place to stay. The Dales Way is right behind our house and Blenheim Lodge is the first guest house in Bowness off The Dales Way long distance footpath.

    B&B on the Dales Way
    The Dales Way Walk is accessed via the farm gate that opens up at the top of our street, Brantfell Road. To the far left of the picture you can see the back of our AA 4-Star guest house, Blenheim Lodge.
  9. Aside from the attractions and activities mentioned above, anglers visiting Bowness can also go fishing on Windermere either from its banks or from a boat. Anglers staying at Blenheim Lodge will also be able to use the fishing permits we offer FREE of charge. We have two WAADA fishing permits, available on a first come first served basis to our guests.
  10. Finally, of course, guests at Blenheim Lodge can simply do nothing and RELAX! Simply mooch about if you wish: browse the shops, perhaps for that special something or souvenir to remind you of your Lakeland escape; enjoy afternoon tea; pack a picnic to take with you up Brant Fell into which our B&B nestles since you are literally right on the fell’s doorstep already when you stay with us; or take some quiet ‘me’ time out with an interesting book to read accompanied by numerous cups of tea and coffee – and biscuits – that we are happy to serve you whilst lazing in our comfortable guest lounge with big bay windows that overlook beautiful Lake Windermere to both close and distant fells.
Lake Windermere views
Our comfortable lounge at Blenheim Lodge boasts stunning Lake and fell views and offers a quiet place for guests to relax and unwind.

We have late availability at our Bowness Bed and Breakfast and have DISCOUNTED RATES of up to £10 per night when booking more than two nights’ stay, including breakfast. So, if you are looking for a peaceful getaway with convenient access to all things beautiful and fun to see and do in our village or further afield, do come stay with us at Blenheim Lodge. Bowness offers easy access via boat, bus or private vehicle to most everywhere else in the Lakes; and where one might not find public transport available, we can arrange door to door tours for our guests to explore those fabulous fells or mountains and meres or lakes.

Bowness on Windermere bed and breakfast rooms
This is Claife Heights, a standard double room with shower en-suite and the most wonderful views of Lake Windermere and the fells.
Lake Windermere view
The Lake and fell views from most of our rooms at Blenheim Lodge, including Claife Heights.

‘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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