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The Lakeland guide to Windermere

Nestled in the beautiful British countryside, our Windermere store is perfectly placed for days out, and even weekend breaks. So if you're planning a trip to the Lake District, make sure you stop by.

From cake tins to griddle pans, chopping boards to mixing bowls, you can get 1,000s of kitchen essentials, all under one roof. It's shopping heaven for food lovers, whether you're a budding baker or a cracking chef.

Boats at the pier
Orrest Head Lake at dusk Lakeland

Explore Windermere

  1. Tourist information centre

    1 Tourist information centre

    The Windermere Tourist Information Centre is just round the corner from Lakeland - if you want to find out more about the area, it's definitely the place to go. You can buy a Windermere map or pick up some leaflets on the local attractions. And if you're here on holiday, why not get a couple of postcards too?

    I've been to the tourist information centre a few times and they've always been very helpful. They are very knowledgeable about what's happening in and around the area. Coralie, Marketing
  2. Orrest head

    2 Orrest head viewpoint

    Orrest Head was the first fell Wainwright ascended, and it's a must-see for anyone visiting Windermere. The gentle climb to the 239 metre peak has a paved footpath to make it easy for everyone. You'll get to the top in about 20 minutes - and that's when it gets exciting, because the view is simply breathtaking. On a clear day, you can see across Lake Windermere to Langdale and even Scafell Pike!

    (Popular with Lakeland colleagues in their lunch break!) This must be one of the most rewarding short walks in the area. Lisa, Finance
  3. Windermere village centre

    3 Windermere village centre

    Windermere is filled with quaint little shops, pubs and cafés. You won't find many of the usual high street shops, but there are plenty of independent boutiques and gift stores. So if you're looking for souvenirs, you'll be spoilt for choice. For those of you camping in Windermere, a trip to our two local butchers is essential. They do the best sausages and burgers in the village.

    Windermere is a really friendly village offering a wonderful variety of family run restaurants, cafés and "one-off" independent shops. Wendy, Customer Ambassador
  4. Windermere Public Library

    4 Windermere Public Library

    You'll find Windermere Public Library at the end of Crescent Road, where it meets Broad Street. If you've picked up a sandwich from the local bakery, or a hot pie from the butchers, the garden hidden away just behind it is the perfect spot for an impromptu picnic. There's also a car park that's a handy base for exploring.

    Lovely gardens to sit and read a book! Pam B, Customer Services
  5. Queen's Park Recreation Ground

    5 Queen's Park Recreation Ground

    Bringing the kids with you? Then why not head over to the Queen's Park Recreation Ground - or the 'rec' as it's known locally. They can run around or play sports on the big grassy field. It caters for all ages, as there's a play park for the youngsters and skateboard ramps for older kids.

    A great place to spend an hour with grandchildren after a busy day. Pam S, Customer Services
  6. Baddeley Clock

    6 Baddeley Clock

    If you're walking from Windermere to Bowness, you're sure to pass Baddeley Clock on the way. It's a stone memorial to MJB Baddeley, who wrote several guidebooks for the area. Baddeley Clock is said to mark the division between Windermere and Bowness, so you'll know you're on the right track.

  7. Sherriff's Walk

    7 Sheriff's Walk

    Just beyond Baddeley Clock look out for a wooden gate before you reach the school, this will lead you onto a little footpath into Sheriff's Walk. There's a bench that overlooks a small waterfall, and if you've brought along a four-legged friend, this woodland walk is perfect for them.

    Sheriffs Walk, beautiful in the spring when the beech trees are coming out. Lesley, Customer Services.
  8. The Royalty Cinema

    8 The Royalty Cinema

    The Royalty Cinema is at the top of the village and is a great place to pass a rainy afternoon. With three screens playing all the latest movies, you're sure to find something you want to watch. The Royalty Cinema is also home to a rare Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ dating from 1927, which is currently being restored to its former glory.

  9. A street in Windermere

    9 Bowness on Windermere

    As you come into Bowness, you'll find an abundance of shops and cafés. For those of you on walking holidays in Windermere or heading to the fells, there are several shops where you can add to your walking kit. And you won't go hungry, whether you fancy a light snack, hearty pub grub or a refreshing ice cream, there are plenty of places to eat, plus two small supermarkets.

    Whether it's for shopping, an ice cream or to feed the ducks - it's well worth a visit Rachel, Customer Services
  10. Peter Rabbit

    10 The World of Beatrix Potter

    The World of Beatrix Potter can be found a little way down the hill. Little ones will love meeting Peter Rabbit and all his friends, and the tea rooms here are well worth a visit too. They grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs, so you can try home-grown food straight from the garden.

    The perfect place to learn all about Beatrix Potter and meet her animal friends. Linda C, Customer Services
  11. Cruise boat on the water

    11 Windermere Lake Cruises

    Bowness Bay is home to Windermere Lake Cruises - the most visited attraction in the area. Few who visit can resist a boat ride on England's largest lake. There's no better way to see Windermere Lake than on the Swan - one of their flagship steamers that has sailed since 1938. The steamers and launches run between Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside - hop off here to visit the aquarium.

    Enjoy the stunning scenery on a gentle cruise around the lake. Adele, Customer Services
  12. Boats

    12 Bowness Bay

    There's still plenty to do in Bowness, even if you don't have good sea legs. You can feed the swans and ducks on the shore, or treat yourself to an ice cream and admire Lake Windermere and the fells from the Glebe Recreation Ground. Past the Glebe, children can let off steam at Quayside Kids, an indoor soft play centre, or you can stroll along the footpath to Cockshot Point.

    A great place to watch the world go by listening to the waves gently lapping on the shore Andrew, Marketing
  13. Tarn Hows

    13 Further afield

    For those enjoying a day out in the car, follow the road past Glebe and Cockshot Point, then turn right and right again towards Ferry Nab, where you can get the ferry over to Far Sawrey, then drive on to Hawkshead, Grizedale Forrest or Hill Top - which was once home to Beatrix Potter. Pedestrians and cyclists headed for Claife Heights can also take the ferry for a small charge.

    Explore the Lakes by bus… Excellent connections to Coniston, Langdale, Grasmere and Keswick, each with their own visitor attractions. Mike, Customer Services

How to get to Windermere!

  • By Car

    Whether you're travelling from the North or the South, leave the M6 at junction 36 and take the A590 continuing on to the A591 to Windermere. After approx 8 miles you'll come to a large roundabout, go straight on and you'll reach Windermere in about 6 miles. Ample parking is available in the car parks that can be located on the map.

  • By Train

    Wherever in the UK you’re travelling from, it’s easy to reach us by train. The main rail route into the area is the West Coast Mainline that travels between London and Glasgow – just hop off at Oxenholme, near Kendal, and take the connecting train to Windermere, you’ll find Lakeland right next to the train station!

  • By Bus

    The bus stop is right next to the train station and offers an affordable way to travel around the Lake District. Look out for the buses below:

    Windermere to Bowness
    Windermere, Kendal, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick
    Lakeside, Newby Bridge and Ulverston
    Winster, Crosthwaite and Kendal
    Troutbeck and Ullswater

Have a safe journey!

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