The Winter Wonderland Of Windermere
A popular UK holiday destination in all seasons, Lake Windermere is surrounded by spectacular scenery – an attraction in itself. In Winter especially, the snow capped mountains that frame the lake provide a picture postcard scene which can be explored on foot or simply admired from the warmth of a cosy inn serving traditional ale in front of a crackling log fire.
Only a short drive from the M6 motorway, Windermere is easily accessible and an ideal base from which to explore the Lake District. Whether you like to relax and be pampered on holiday or get out in the fresh air to blow the cobwebs away, this is a great location with something for everyone.
More commonly referred to as Lake Windermere, it is actually the largest natural mere in England. The lake (or mere) itself is an extremely popular tourist spot in the southern Lake District area. In all weathers tourists flock to feed the ducks and swans at the lakeshore around the Glebe in Bowness-on-Windermere and enjoy a leisurely trip on one of the passenger steamers which provide an enjoyable way in which to explore some of the lakeside villages such as Ambleside and Bowness.
Some of the finest hotels and accommodation can be found in and around Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere from small family run B&Bs to the more luxurious Windermere Hotels, all tastes and budgets are catered for. Many of the hotels have rooms with a lake view which, for a special occasion, is worth the extra budget as it really is breathtaking.
You will find an excellent array of eateries in the area from bistros and cafes to pizzerias, Indian and Chinese restaurants and of course Michelin star award winning restaurants again all tastes are catered for. Many of the hotels and restaurants are proud to serve local produce as the quality of Cumbrian livestock is very high.
There are plenty of shops to provide entertainment for all even if the weather is a little inclement. The well renowned Lakeland Limited has a fantastic store in Windermere but there are also a number of small craft shops and boutiques inkeeping with the traditional feel of the place and, of course, a number of retail outlets specialising in wet weather and outdoor clothing.
The Lake District is a paradise for the lover of the great outdoors and winter is a great season in which to visit. Not so packed with tourists as in the summer months, visitors can enjoy some great walks at a difficulty level appropriate to them, then warm up in front of a roaring log fire and sample some local fare washed down with some locally brewed ale.
There are some excellent deals to be had over the festive period for short breaks in the Lake District. A chance to wrap up warm in our crisp winter weather and explore some beautiful English countryside. The New Year is a particularly special time and many of the larger hotels lay on some extravagant Hogmanay celebrations.
With stunning views over Lake Windermere, Linthwaite Country House Hotel is one of the finest Windermere Hotels.