If you want a taste of Lake District life, you really don’t have to travel too far away from your lodge.
Firstly, let’s start on Ambleside pier. Treat yourself and the family to some scrumptious cakes before boarding one of the popular cruises heading to Bowness. As you sail across the largest lake in England, Lake Windermere, you can take in the sights of the Langdales, Claife Heights and Gummers How as well as the beautiful island of Belle Isle and the other ‘Holmes’ surrounding it.
Bowness is approximately half the way down the lake, and as you exit the boat there are plenty of places to indulge in an ice cream (even if it’s raining in true British tradition).
A wander up the hill will lead you to the Old Laundry and the Beatrix Potter museum, which is a must see for adults and children alike. The museum takes you on a fascinating discovery of Peter Rabbit and friends, as well as the life of author Beatrix Potter who used to live nearby in Sawrey, just outside of Hawkshead. The small but perfectly put together museum gives you and insight to how her characters were developed, mainly with an emphasis on the gorgeous surrounding we are lucky to live in.
There is a wonderfully kept RHS award winning garden on the rooftop, set high above the hustle and bustle of the town.
They also have shows on regularly if you fancy staying a bit longer.
A tip here is to visit either as they open at 10am or later on in the afternoon, as the coach parties frequent the museum and it does tend to get a little busy at peak times.
Once you have learned enough about Peter Rabbit and Cottontail to take part in Mastermind go and enjoy a meal at The Angel on the top of the hill. It’s a wonderful family friendly pub, which also allows dogs if you are taking yours, serving local ales and filling meals.
If you are not in the mood for pub grub or want to celebrate a special occasion whilst you are visiting, why not sneak in a cheeky champagne and a slice of luxurious cake at The Fizzy Tarte, a brand new champagne bar which has just opened in the centre of Bowness. They allow casual clothes throughout the day, as well as children before 7pm. After that there is a dress code and evening rules though.
To walk off some of those dreaded calories, why not take in a few of the local shops such as Helen’s Chocolate (the fudge is amazing) and Love the Lakes on Ash Street for some locally made produce.
By then, it is probably time to board the boat back to Ambleside and another chance to get some more photos on your way back up the Lake.
A trip to Bowness should be on your ‘must do’ list when visiting; and if you don’t find time first time around we think you need to come and join us again!