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Things To Do Around Lake Windermere

28 November 2019Local area

Our round up of things to do around Lake Windermere, one of the most popular destinations in the Lake District.

Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in the UK and one of the most popular destinations in the Lake District. It is home to a range of exciting things to see and do, which are easily accessible from our Lake District Holiday Park. In this guide we showcase some of our favourite attractions for couples and families visiting the area.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Take to the skies with Lake District Ballooning to discover the beauty of Lake Windermere from above. During the 4-hour balloon ride you will get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent lake and the fells and hills that dominate the surrounding Cumbria countryside. Drift along with the breeze and experience the changing light as the sun comes up. Enjoy a champagne toast to commemorate the unforgettable experience.


Wray castle

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Wray Castle is situated on the shores of Lake Windermere and offers an interesting day out for the whole family. From its commanding position visitors can enjoy panoramic views across the lake and wander around the impressive grounds. The gothic castle is steeped in history and features beautiful church like interiors, which you can explore during a guided tour. Wray Castle is where Beatrix Potter spent much of her childhood and consequently served as inspiration for many of her stories. Younger members of the family can bring her adventures to life in the onsite activity rooms, which are a superb place for to engage in creative play.


Windermere Outdoor Adventure

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If you’re looking for an action-packed activity to get your pulse racing during your time in the Lake District, look no further than the Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre. The experienced team offer a range of adrenaline fuelled water sports courses, including canoeing, wind surfing, kayaking and sailing from their base on the Eastern shores of the lake. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, a team of instructors will provide expert tuition and all the equipment you will need for an unforgettable day on the lake. Just bring a can-do attitude and a sense of adventure to really make the most of the activities on offer.


Windermere Lake Cruises

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No trip to the Lake Windermere is complete without a trip on one of the historic steam powered boats. Choose your destination, hop on board and sit back and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery. There are a number of routes available, which incorporate the very best that Lake Windermere has to offer, including secluded shorelines, breath taking mountains and islands. You can even combine the cruise with a trip to one of the many interesting lakeside attractions or try out one of the themed events that happen throughout the year.


Treetop Nets

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Let the children burn off some energy at this innovative family attraction. Set 60 m high in the trees of the Lake District National Park, Treetop Nets features over 1500m2 of suspended trampolines, tunnels, aerial walkways and daring slides. Little ones (and adults!) can run and explore to their hearts content, navigating the enclosed safety netting. There are also balls and other obstacles to manoeuvre!


Pony Trekking 

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Why not try something a little different during your stay in the Lake District? Lakeland Pony Treks offer a variety of horse-riding excursions, which take you high into the fells to admire the beautiful landscapes from the peace and quiet of bridle ways. Depending on the route you choose, you may pass through farmland, historic villages and discover lesser known areas of the countryside. The rides range in duration and cater to all ages and abilities. Experienced staff are on hand to provide expert advice and guidance to ensure you make the most of your trip.


Fell Foot Park 

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Fell Foot Park is situated at the southernmost tip of Lake Windermere. The scenic park is free to enter and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery, which stretches as far as the eye can see. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon strolling around the grounds admiring the picturesque views, which change dramatically with each season.

Pack a picnic and some outdoor games and spend some quality family time together enjoying the great outdoors. From April to October you can rent kayaks, paddleboards and rowing boats, allowing you to get out on the water and experience the lake from a different perspective. Return to the comfort of state of the art changing and showering facilities.