Exploring Cumbria | Top 5 things to do in Windermere

The Lake District; one of the UK's most beautiful destinations, from a hikers paradise to a foodies dream. If your looking to zone out from city life, turn off your phones, grab a map and go exploring. 

Possibly the most famous destination in the Lakes, Windermere has both beautiful character and ethereal charm meaning it's easy to see why its so popular. Perfect if you want to be surrounded by restaurants and shops yet, easily escape into the wild. 

What's nearby? Here are 5 things that we would recommend and are sure to do when we visit the lakes...

 1. Do the obvious and go walking. It's popular for a reason!

With so many routes to choose from, it can be hard to decide. Of course, if you are feeling adventurous go for the big ones like Scafell Pike or scramble across striding edge on your way up to Hellvellyn.

Photography: Left @amandasandlin, Right petebarnesphotography

With the weather never being guaranteed, your big plans could change quickly so we reccomend you have alternative routes ready just incase.  There are so many lower routes that offer just as brilliant views and satisfaction. 

The Walking Englishman gives some great route ideas and step by step guides:

https://www.walkingenglishman.com/lakes.htm

Photography: @laurengouldphotography

2. Aria Force 

A part of the National Trust Foundation, Aria Force is a great day out for all. With waterfalls reaching an impressive 65ft drop, be refreshed by the beautiful escape from the ordinary. From Windermere it is a stunning and scenic drive. We recommend heading to the falls later on in the afternoon as it gets quieter and if you catch that golden hour you know you will get some stunning photos.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/aira-force-and-ullswater/trails/aira-force-and-gowbarrow-trail

 Photography: stephenhornseyphotography

3. Go to a real pub!

An open fire, dogs asleep under the tables, local ales on tap and hearty food that is good for the soul! Nothing beats a traditional English pub after a busy day. No need to get too dressed up, it is all about comfort. Two great pubs worth a visit are: 

The Mason Arms

https://masonsarmsstrawberrybank.co.uk/

Photography: masonsarmsstrawberrybank

and

Cuckoo Brow Inn

https://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk/ 

Photography: cuckoobrow

Be sure to book! 

 

4. Fishing over Lake Windermere

Fancy your catch of the day? There are various hire boats and organised trips to go fishing over Lake Windermere. Expect to find artic charr, brown trout and Pike, just to mention a few.

You can look at organised trips through companies such as Hemmingway's Fishing. http://www.hemmingwaysfish.co.uk/fishing-in-cumbria

Heading out on your own? Here's some more information to read before your trip:

https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/places-to-go/explore-windermere-and-ambleside/things-to-do-around-windermere/boat-hire-and-cruises-on-windermere/archivewindermere-fishing

Photography: Left @laurengouldphotography , Right @criticalmass

5. Take it all in.

It really is that easy. The lakes is one of those places you don't feel pressured to go everywhere all at once. Like most people who visit, you will soon be planning your next trip back so take the time to enjoy it all for what it is and do exactly what you want to!

Photography: @laurengouldphotography 

Enjoy your time exploring and share your Cumbria trip with us on Instagram or Facebook @thorndaleuk

 

 

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