Windermere and Bowness

Windermere & Bowness Buses - Explore the area during your visit

Windermere has a variety of independent shops, cafes and eateries for sedate afternoon teas with spectacular views. A charming town for a leisurely stroll around the lake or grab your boots and walk to Orrest Head, School Knot or the National Trust's 17th century farmhouse, Townend. ;

From here, hop on the 555 or 599 to Bowness for wonderful panoramic views of Lake Windermere, hire a boat or enjoy a leisurely cruise with a Windermere Lake Cruises bus & boat ticket. Stop off at Brockhole on the Windermere shoreline - a must for family fun! Have lunch in a variety of eateries before hitting the shops in Bowness, then walk along the promenade for an ice-cream whilst taking in the best Lake views. 


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Windermere to.......

Grasmere every 20 mins 


 An artistic village with galleries, bookshops and home to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. Head to the hills for splendid views of Easedale Tarn and Helm Crag or take a stroll around Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water. (555, 599)


 Ambleside 11 mins by bus



Take the open top bus to the start of your walk to Stock Ghyll Force with stunning views of the Langdales. (555, 599, 505


 Coniston every 60 mins 




Uncover the story of Coniston at the Ruskin Museum and Brantwood, or take a leisurely ride on the Steam Yacht Gondola. (505)

 Hawkshead 44 mins by bus  




A quaint and characterful village, perfect for all things Beatrix Potter. (505



Bowness to....... 

Newby Bridge 18 mins by bus

90 x 70



A great base to explore the Southern Lakes and the National Trust's Fell Foot. (6)

 Ullswater 50 mins by bus  




Be amazed by magnificent scenery over the Kirkstone Pass into Glenridding village. (508)




Things to do........

Lakeland Motor Museum 30 mins by bus

90 x 70


 See classic cars, motorbikes and automobilia from across the world with recreations of a 1920s garage and a 1950s cafe. (6)


Fell Foot Park 25 mins by bus

90 x 70


 A lakeshore park with wonderful views all year round. The Fell Foot Active Base is great for outdoor and water-based activities. (6)



Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

90 x 70


 Sail from Fell Foot near Newby Bridge to Lakeside, connect with the steam trains. (6)

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