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CUMBRIA & THE LAKE DISTRICT


WINDERMERE & BOWNESS, CUMBRIA

Windermere Bowness on Windermere Windermere lake Cumbria Lake District . Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere are as you can guess on the lakes shore and are very popular with holiday makers situated as they are in the centre of the Lake District

Town Centre, Bowness on Windermere.


The Linthwaite House Hotel
Burn How Hotel
White Lodge Hotel

Bowness &
Windermere
Location:
OS ref
SD403970
Sheet 97.
Towards the
south of the
County.

Nearest
Towns:

Ambleside
North on the
A591.
4mls/7km.

Kendal
SE on the
A591 or by rail.
8mls/13km.

Lakes:
Windermere
Rydal Water
There are lots
of other lakes
nearby.

Genealogy

For the purposes of this article I am going to treat the two villages of Windermere and Bowness as one. Bowness is the older of the two, being quite ancient, whereas Windermere is largely a Victorian creation brought about by the arrival of the railway and the influx of visitors that came with it.

Today Bowness is the bustling and picturesque heart of the Lake District situated on the shore of the beautiful Lake Windermere with all its attractions for the visitor: devastating views of some of the most spectacular countryside in Britain, and some of the best accommodation to be found anywhere in the country. The shops are excellent and can furnish you with everything that your heart may desire, and tempt you into spending a little more than you possibly planned, such is their diversity and quality. The locally produced food is noteworthy and should be sampled by all who visit this marvellous area.

Windermere is to the north east of Bowness. Quieter and smaller than its neighbour, it provides pleasant days and evenings for those who want a less active vacation and appreciate a more tranquil atmosphere. There are a good many places to stay all of good quality and the village can cater for all budgets. The railway station near the top of the town connects with Kendal and Oxenholme and from there you can travel to London, Carlisle or north to Glasgow and Scotland. Road links are also good. Windermere of course shares all of the benefits of its larger neighbour Bowness.

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