Lakeland Walking Breaks

Bowness and Windermere Town Trail


Bowness and Windermere Town Trail

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Accommodation in and around Windermere and Bowness

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Belsfield Hotel, a Lake District Hotel in Bowness on Windermere The Burn How Hotel, a Lake Distrcit Hotel in Bowness on Windermere
Thornbank House, a lake District Guest House in Windermere White Lodge, a Lake district guest house in Bowness on Windermere

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This a pleasant walk from Bowness to the town of Windermere, along minor roads and paths, thereby avoiding the traffic. The return is via the ancient road that was once the main route to Hawkshead, passing by the old ferryman's cottage, which still retains it's bell tower. Then, after a short stroll along the shores of Windermere, you head back to Bowness.

As this picture shows, this route from Bowness to Windermere does not follow a busy road, but a quiet country lane.

After a delightful stroll through very pleasant woodland you reach the outskirts of Windermere town, but you still have fields to your left with occasional glimpses of the mountains.

Windermere has more than just shops and restaurants. There's this pleasant garden area to stop for a quick drink before doing some serious browsing.

The town of Windermere is relatively modern, dating from the building of the Kendal to Windermere railway line in 1847. When the railway came it brought with it rich industrialists from the North West who built their summer retreats on the wooded hillsides of the eastern shore of Windermere lake. Over the next 80 years Windermere grew from a railway station and hotel into the town we see today.

Many of the modern roads were built at this time, but the ancient routes still exist, it's just that they are hidden away - perfect for exploring.

This cottage stands beside the lake. The bell tower housed a bell that was rung by passengers in order to summon the ferry, which ran from here to the appropriately named Belle Grange on the western shore of Windermere.

The views across the Lake towards the Langdale Pikes are superb.