Oct 10, 2015 at 02:28 o\clock

Lake District National Park - Camping and caravanning

Camping in the Lake District copyright Dave Willis

Camping in the Lake District

There are some beautiful campsites and caravan and touring parks in the Lake District National Park.

Whether youre happy with just the basics in a quiet, remote valley, or would like a little more luxury with on-site shops and pubs, theres a huge choice. And sometimes you dont even need to own a tent as ready-made yurts or - even camping pods are on offer!


If possible do book ahead, as many campsites fill up very quickly, especially in the school holidays.

Check your route

If you're driving to your campsite please don't rely just on your Sat Nav, as the quickest way may not be suitable for your vehicle. Caravans in particular have got stuck on tight corners and narrow lanes. Check the route carefully in advance for gradient and narrowness.

Hardknott Pass, Wrynose Pass and Honister Pass in particular are among the steepest roads in the country.

One way systems and road layouts sometimes change, so please always follow local directions and signs.

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Oct 7, 2015 at 21:11 o\clock

Park Cliffe | Camping in the Lake District

Set in 25 acres of picturesque, unspoilt countryside in the heart of the Lake District, Park Cliffe offers visitors a tranquil retreat from the hurly-burly of modern life

Whether you arrive - - at Park Cliffe with tourer or tent, hire a caravan or camping pod or to enjoy a regular break in your own luxury static caravan or lodge, youll find a warm welcome from our friendly staff, plus peace, comfort and fresh air aplenty in this most beautiful location with a range of modern amenities to tempt even the most discerning traveller.

Just a short distance from - bowness-on-windermere - , the park is in a world of its own with breathtaking views over fell, lake and an abundance of woodland wildlife squirrels, roe and red deer, foxes and birds in evidence all around. In fact, TV botanist David Bellamy is an especially big fan of Park Cliffe, and has presented it with his prestigious Gold Conservation Award for its work in protecting the natural environment.

Oct 6, 2015 at 06:37 o\clock


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaFor other places with similar names, see Bowness (disambiguation).

Coordinates: 542152N 25505W / 54.3644N 2.9181W

Looking northwards over Windermere

Bowness-on-Windermere (/bons n wndrmr/) is a town in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England. Due to its position on the banks of Windermere, the town has become a tourist honeypot. Although their mutual growth has caused them to become one large settlement, the town is distinct from the town of Windermere as the two still have distinguishable town centres. Historically part of Westmorland, in 2012, Bowness was one of the official stop off points for the Olympic torch before it made its way to the Olympic Games opening ceremony.[1]

Contents1 Etymology2 History3 Transport4 Media5 See also6 References7 External linksEtymology

'Bowness' (originally 'Bulnes') means " 'the headland where the bull grazes', from OE 'bula', 'bull' and OE 'nss' 'headland', perhaps referring to the keeping of the parish bull."[2] The 'on-Windermere' part was added later (found on the Ordnance Survey map of 1899), presumably to distinguish this 'Bowness' from other Cumbrian ones. ('OE' = Old English).


The town's ancient parish church of St Martin was built in 1483 but of an older foundation. The former rectory is said to have been built in 1415.[3] - bowness-on-windermere - became a civil parish in 1894 and an urban district council was formed for the town at the same time. In 1905, the council merged with that of Windermere, and the two civil parishes merged in 1974 under the name of Windermere. The civil parish is governed by a town council.

During the 19th century, Bowness grew from a small fishing village to a town living almost entirely off tourism and holiday homes. It was the centre of the boat-building industry that provided the sailing yachts, rowing boats and steam launches used on the lake. A large number of hotels and boarding houses gave employment to the permanent population of the town. The arrival of the railway in 1847 in Windermere (the residents of Bowness had opposed a station in their own town) provided much of the momentum for the growth.


Windermere railway station offers train and bus connections to the surrounding areas, Manchester, Manchester Airport and the West Coast Main Line, and is about 1.5 miles (2.4km) from the lakefront. Both Stagecoach and the local council provide frequent connecting buses from Bowness Pier; Stagecoach's open-top - - double-decker buses travel through the centre of town and continue to Ambleside and Grasmere, while the council's wheelchair-accessible minibuses run around the edge of town. The Windermere Ferry, a car carrying cable ferry, connects Bowness at Ferry Nab on the eastern side of the lake with Ferry House Far Sawrey on the western side of the lake, a trip of approximately 10 minutes. For those looking for a more leisurely way to travel there are regular lake cruises running from Bowness Bay to the north end of the lake at Ambleside and south end at Fell Foot.


Readers of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series of books will recognise Bowness as the lakeside town of 'Rio'. The collection at the Windermere Steamboat Museum on Rayrigg Road includes TSSY Esperance, 1869; one of the iron steamboats on which Ransome modelled Captain Flint's houseboat. Bowness-on-Windermere is also home to the Beatrix Potter attraction.

View of Windermere from Bowness-on-WindermereSee alsoBlackwellReferencesWikimedia Commons has media related to Bowness-on-Windermere.^ "Olympic torch relay to stop in Carlisle and Bowness". BBC News. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-20.^ Whaley, Diana (2006). A dictionary of Lake District place-names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society. pp.lx,423 p.43. ISBN0904889726.^ "St. Martin's Church, Bowness-on-Windermere". Parochial Church Council of Windermere. Retrieved 2011-02-24.External linksWikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopdia Britannica article Bowness-on-Windermere.Cumbria County History Trust: Windermere and Bowness (nb: provisional research only - see Talk page)Windermere Online Windermere Online Community WebsiteBowness-on-Windermere guideThe Windermere Way - a walking route that circumambulates the lakeRetrieved from ""

Oct 6, 2015 at 02:50 o\clock

4 Star Lakeside Hotel, Lake Windermere, Lake District

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Just 15 minutes from the M6.

From the moment you arrive at ourluxurious four-star hideaway in the heart of the English Lake District itfeels like home. With restful bedrooms, delicious fine dining inspired by fresh local produce and indulgent treatments in our luxury spa - and pool, Lakeside is the perfect place to escape.

Our seamless blend of country-house character and contemporary four star luxury will make you feel completely at home - whether taking tea in the conservatory, relaxing in the pool or enjoying a glass of Champagneon the lake terrace.

For getaways, get-togethers and all kinds of celebrations, ourprofessional service and relaxed warmth make every occasion special. Come and see...

Oct 2, 2015 at 06:15 o\clock

Windermere Hotels - Bowness Hotels

Our Lake District hotel in Windermere

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa is one of the finest4-star Lake District hotels. Set on the shores of’s_getaway/ - lake windermere - -England's largest lake - our hotel offers the best of breathtakingscenery and exceptional facilities. From unrivalled views over ourmature lawns, to private jetties and moorings on the lake - ourhotel proves a popular choice for family holidays, business and weddings.

Our hotel is a perfect venue for celebrations, events and conferences; we boast superb hotel accommodation, stylish meeting and function rooms,exquisite gardens and surrounding lake views as well as a luxurious spa.

Our hotel in Cumbria is perfect for country adventures - hire aprivate jetty on our lake and marvel in the glorious scenery wehave on offer. And once you've finished exploring, we recommend avisit to our spa and thermal suite for a relaxing steam before you dine inour award-winning Restaurant.

Let Macdonald Hotels' Lake District setting be your perfect basefor a trip to one of the most scenic and beautiful parts ofEngland.

View our other MacdonaldHotels in the Lake District.

Traditional country house charmMajestic views of Lake WindermereExtensive private gardens106 luxurious bedroomsSpa & Vital Health centreMeeting and conference facilitiesFree Wifi Powered by The CloudAward-winning - - restaurantValet parking (10 per night)

Oct 2, 2015 at 04:28 o\clock

Windermere & Bowness | Book Hotels & B&Bs

Windermere is the perfect Lakeland destination all year round. With the shores of the lake so close, you are never short of fantastic scenery or leisure activities. Several local viewpoints offer panoramic views of both the lake and more distant mountains.

Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most popular holiday locations in the Lake District. With - - immediate access to the waters of - windermere - , it is an excellent base for water activities, including boating and leisurely water attractions. As well as boat hire or family watersports. From the lake shoreline visitors can experience the lake by lake steamer or open-top bus.

Oct 1, 2015 at 12:29 o\clock

Hotels in Bowness-on-Windermere | Save Up to 74% on Hotels with trivago™


Beechwood4from $150

Hotel Beechwood Bowness-on-Windermere

Beechwood offers Lake District visitors 4-star B&B accommodation in a charming 1900s house, 10 minutes walk from Lake Windermere. The B&B features a stained glass window and floral displays in the garden and is 1.2 miles from the Windermere train station. Each of the six rooms features luxury pocket-sprung mattresses, en suite or private bathroom, tea/coffee/hot chocolate supplies, flat-screen TV with DVD player, free Wi-Fi, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer and radio/CD player. Guests can relax in an elegant lounge, store their bikes safely, and use a drying room. The complimentary breakfast at Beechwood consists of a fruit, cereal and toast buffet starter and a range of cooked options. Good British, Hungarian and cafe food can be found a short walk away. Less than 10 minutes walk will take guests to The World of Beatrix Potter and the Windermere Steamboats Museum.


Hotel The Cranleigh Boutique Bowness-on-Windermere

Just a five minute walk to The World of Beatrix Potter, The Cranleigh Boutique is a 5-star luxury hotel - - that caters only to adults. Ensuite rooms include LCD TV with DVD and movie collection, heated floors, bathrobes, iPod docks, tea/coffee, and free Wi-Fi. Suites are in a separate building, and include iPad controlled lighting, spa bath, surround sound, and minibar. Parking is free for The Cranleigh Boutique There is a pool, garden, and lounge with fireplace. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, or alcoholic beverages can be pre-ordered for the lounge, garden, or the guest's room. Breakfast is included in a package rate or at cost. Restaurants, takeaway, pubs, and afternoon teas are within a few minutes' walking or car distance. Rydal Mount and Gardens is a 20 minute drive. Windermere Golf Club is a 30 minute walk. Muncaster Castle and Owl Centre is one hour away.


Hotel The Westbourne Bowness-on-Windermere

The Westbournebed and breakfastis a traditional stone-built guest house in the heart of the Lake District. Just minutes from the centre of quaint Bowness-On-Windermere, The Westbourne is below the local viewpointof Biskey Howe. All rooms at The Westbourne feature en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, and luxurious Egyption cotton bedding. TVs, hairdryers, fans, and clock radios are standard, as is the well-stocked hospitality try which includes tea, coffee and biscuits. This guest house provides free Wi-Fi throughout, and a garden terrace is available for use in the summer. Log fires are lit during colder winter months. Free car parking is available. Traditional English breakfasts are served daily and anumber of reputable restaurants are located nearby in Bowness. Lake Windermere is only 1.6 km away, where boat rides can be taken. Other picturesque local towns such as Ambleside are easily reached by car.


Hotel Storrs Hall Bowness-on-Windermere

Storrs Hall is housed in a Grade II Georgian mansion near Bowness-On-Windermere, with spectacular views over Britains largest natural lake. All rooms at Storrs Hall are en-suite, with bathrooms including modern fixtures and fittings. The spacious rooms include TVs, and also feature a mix of classical and contemporary furniture. Set in 17 acres of gardens, Storrs Hall provides guests with free Wi-Fi, as well as free car parking. Guests have free use of a local fitness club too, including a swimming pool and gym. Breakfast is served daily, as is award-winning fine dining in the hotels restaurant. Afternoon Tea is also available, and picnics can be provided for an additional charge. Bowness-On-Windermere is a popular tourist destination, being as it is within easy reach of local towns such as Ambleside and Hawkshead, as well as the hills and walks of the Peak District National Park.


Hotel The Royal Oak Inn - bowness-on-windermere -

The Royal Oak Inn, a 3-star bed and breakfast family run traditional hotel, is situated at Brantfell Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, England. This Inn can be reached in just a 2-minute by walk from Bowness Bay Pier and it is at a mile and a half from Windermere Railway Station. Windermere Lake is a 10-minute drive away from this Inn and it takes just 5-minutes to reach The World of Beatrix Potter. All the 8 en suite rooms of The Royal Inn feature a TV, a hair dryer, free wireless internet and a tea/coffee maker. Should you wish to stay here you can have excellent view of Lake Windermere. This hotel also offers a full English breakfast. The Royal Oak Inn provides you with free private car parking.


Hotel Latimer House Bowness-on-Windermere

Latimer House is a non-smoking B&B hotel, located on Lake Road in Bowness-on-Windermere. The Victorian house was built in 1850 and offers 6 bedrooms with central heating. You will find some of the rooms have private bathroom with a shower and others have shared bathrooms but all double rooms have a standard or king-size bed. All rooms come equipped with a television and tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers and toiletries. To ensure you can stay connected to the internet complimentary Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel. A full English breakfast is included in the price and the breakfast can be served in your room for an extra charge. If you arrive by car free parking is provided and for relaxing the Latimer House has a large green garden. The hotel is only 2-minutes from city centre where you can find a cinema, shops and restaurants. The World of Beatrix Potter attraction is only about 500 meters away. The Latimer House is close to Lake District National Park, Windermere Golf Club, Lake District Visitor Centre and Hill Top.