"The shore of the lake, England’s largest, is less than a mile away, as is Bowness-on-Windermere, the older of the two adjacent towns, which are often confused as one."
Thankfully, there is also no lack of scenic routes to walk off any excess indulgence that a visit to the charming Cook House in Windermere village might lead to. The cheesecake there is to die for!
The shore of the lake, England's largest, is less than a mile away, as is Bowness-on-Windermere, the older of the two adjacent towns, which are often confused as one. Bowness has more of a lively feel, with plenty to see and do. If messing about on boats is not your thing, take yourself along to Lowside area, where among the huddled houses you'll find an old inn called The Hole in t'Wall, which was recently named by the Guardian as one of the top 10 cosy pubs in England.
The gem of Bowness is its little church dedicated to St. Martin, a Roman soldier who cut his cloak in half with his sword in order to share it with a beggar. The stained glass in the East Window, dating from 1260, is some of the oldest in England. One of the panels depicts the coat of arms of the Washington family, ancestors of George Washington, the first President of the USA.
Bank's Ironmongers on Market Place, which hasn't changed much in its 170 years, is worth a visit. And no trip to Bowness would be complete without a visit to The World of Beatrix Potter attraction which, following a major refurbishment, enables you see to see all 23 of the famous author's tales, featuring Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck among others, brought to life.
Conveniently situated on the same site is The Old Laundry Theatre, which hosts regular seasons by acclaimed acting companies and can count comedian Victoria Wood as one of its fans.
Find out more:
The Cook House, www.thecook-house.com
St. Martins, www.stmartin.org.uk
Beatrix Potter, www.hop-skip-jump.com
Old Laundry Theatre, www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk