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Situated in the lovely setting of Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, Fallbarrow Holiday Park offers a unique blend of tranquility and activity, making it an ideal destination for those looking to explore the Lake District.
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Limefitt Holiday Park, nestled in the stunning Lake District, offers guests an authentic countryside experience with its range of outdoor-focused amenities and direct access to some of England’s most breathtaking landscapes.
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White Cross Bay stands as a getaway in the stunning Lake District, offering an ideal blend of leisure and outdoor adventure.
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Cumbria Visitor's Guide

Embark on a Windermere escape where serene waters meet lush greenery, promising a retreat for couples, families, or a group of friends in search of a lodge or cabin getaway. Windermere isn't just the largest natural lake in England; it's a playground for adventurers and peace-seekers alike. Savour local dishes at lakeside eateries, hike scenic trails, or cruise the tranquil waters. Don't miss the chance to try the famous sticky toffee pudding, born in the Lake District. With activities from paddle-boarding to exploring nearby quaint villages, Windermere offers an unforgettable UK lodge break experience.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Windermere?

Windermere isn't just another picturesque spot in the Lake District; it's a slice of outdoor heaven with a sprinkle of cultural zest. In 2024, the area is buzzing more than ever, with fresh attractions and events. The Windermere Jetty Museum has recently opened, showcasing a spectacular collection of boats and telling the tale of lake travel and industry. The Windermere Food and Drink Festival is set to tantalise taste buds again this summer, offering local produce and live cooking demos. Opting for a lodge over a hotel? You're in for a treat. Lodges offer that home-from-home experience with added privacy and space – perfect for families or couples seeking a tranquil retreat. Windermere's unique charm lies in its stunning natural beauty, with England's largest lake at your doorstep and a plethora of outdoor activities to dive into.

If you're visiting Windermere with kids

Absolutely, Windermere is a playground for the little ones. The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction brings beloved characters to life, while the Lakes Aquarium offers a peek into aquatic life. Treetop Trek is an aerial adventure that'll have the kids (and you!) swinging through the trees. Lodges are ideal for families, providing the space for kids to play and the flexibility for meal times – a lifesaver for picky eaters or those odd-hour snack requests. Plus, many lodges come with outdoor areas for that extra bit of freedom.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes – for all those adventure trails.
  2. Waterproof jackets – because the weather can be unpredictable.
  3. Swimwear – for a dip in the lake or hotel pools.
  4. Sunscreen and hats – when the sun decides to grace you with its presence.
  5. Backpack – for carrying all the essentials during day trips.
  6. Binoculars – for wildlife spotting or just admiring the view.
  7. Camera or smartphone – for capturing those memorable moments.

Pet Friendly Windermere Adventures

Windermere is a haven for pets, with trails and open spaces galore. Many lodges welcome furry friends and some even offer enclosed gardens, so your pooch can roam freely without you worrying. When it's time to eat, The Crafty Baa and The Angel Inn are just a couple of the pet-friendly pubs where you can enjoy a pint with your pup by your side. A top tip for visiting Windermere with dogs is to check the local sheep grazing schedules – it's best to keep dogs on leads in those areas. Also, always have a towel handy in your lodge for those inevitable wet and muddy paws!

Dog walking ideas in Windermere

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Orrest Head Walk 2.7 Panoramic Lake Views LA23 1AL
Bowness to Ferry House 4 Lake Shore & Woodland LA23 3HJ
Grizedale Forest Trails Varies Woodland & Sculptures LA22 0QJ
Rydal Water Circuit 3 Lake & Historic Buildings LA22 9SE
Tarn Hows Loop 1.8 Lake & Mountain Views LA22 0PP

Remember, these are just a handful of the dog-friendly walks in Windermere. Each offers its own unique experience, from tranquil lakeside strolls to invigorating forest treks. Always check the route beforehand to ensure it's suitable for your dog's abilities and remember to respect the local wildlife and livestock.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, Windermere is a prime spot for a romantic getaway. Couples can find a variety of lodges offering special pamper packs to enhance their stay. Imagine sipping champagne in a private hot tub with the stunning backdrop of the Lake District – it's the perfect setting for romance. For a truly indulgent experience, some lodges in Windermere also provide spa facilities, allowing you and your partner to unwind and relax together. Dining out is a treat here, with many lodges boasting on-site restaurants serving up delicious local fare in a cosy, intimate atmosphere. The combination of luxury accommodation and the natural beauty of the area makes Windermere a top choice for couples.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Windermere's local cuisine is a reflection of the Lake District's rich agricultural heritage, with dishes often featuring lamb, game, and freshwater fish. For a hearty meal, check out The Crafty Baa, known for its selection of local ales and tasty bites. Families looking for a welcoming spot should head to The Albert, which offers a friendly atmosphere and a menu to please all ages. Couples might prefer the intimate setting of Hooked, which specialises in seafood and provides a more refined dining experience.

For a good night out

Windermere may be serene by day, but it offers a variety of evening entertainment. For a laid-back night, visit The Ship Inn, a favourite among locals and visitors alike, renowned for its live music nights. If you're after a bustling atmosphere, The Pig is a popular choice, offering a wide selection of drinks and often hosting themed events. For those who enjoy a good ale, The Brookside comes highly recommended, with an impressive range of local beers and a welcoming vibe.


Windermere is a haven for anglers, with its clear waters teeming with fish. Here's a list of some prime fishing spots:

  • Lake Windermere – The largest natural lake in England, offering pike, perch, and trout fishing. Postcode: LA23 1PA
  • Esthwaite Water – A renowned trout fishery, also known for pike fishing. Postcode: LA22 0QF
  • Rydal Water – Ideal for a peaceful fishing experience, with a good stock of trout. Postcode: LA22 9SD

Outdoor Adventures

Windermere is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, with centres like Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre offering a range of activities. They provide everything from kayaking and canoeing to sailing and windsurfing. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £30-£60 for most water-based activities. Many centres operate seasonally, with peak times between April and October, so it's best to check ahead for availability.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Lakeland Home & Kitchenware Local crafts, kitchen gadgets LA23 1BQ
Windermere Boutique Fashion Designer clothes, accessories LA23 3EB
The Windermere Christmas Shop Seasonal Gifts Christmas decorations, gifts LA23 1AD
Cookhouse Gallery Art Gallery Local art, prints, gifts LA23 3DU
Mountain Warehouse Outdoor Gear Clothing, equipment for outdoor activities LA23 1AF

Windermere offers a unique shopping experience with a selection of shops where you can find the perfect memento of your trip. Whether you're after local crafts, outdoor gear, or even Christmas decorations all year round, you'll find something special in this charming town.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Windermere

Fallbarrow, Cumbria

Driving Distance: About 7 minutes (1.60 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Fallbarrow Holiday Park is a serene escape nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere, offering a picturesque setting with woodland walks, water activities, and a newly refurbished bar and restaurant for the ultimate relaxation and adventure blend.

Who will love these lodges? Fallbarrow is perfect for families, couples, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With its proximity to Bowness-on-Windermere, the park caters to those seeking both tranquility and the buzz of a lively town. The park's pet-friendly policy also makes it ideal for dog owners.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can indulge in the amusement arcade, multi-use games area, and outdoor play area. The marina and boat launch facilities are a boon for nautical enthusiasts. The Willow bar and restaurant, along with The Barn Deli Café and Shop, provide ample dining options.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter (7 minutes), Windermere Lake Cruises (7 minutes), and the Lakeland Motor Museum (30 minutes), with prices varying per attraction.

Accommodation options: Fallbarrow offers a range of accommodations including the pet-friendly Kilnhow and Calthwaite Lodges, each sleeping 4, and the spacious Silverdale Lodge for 6 with a verandah but no pets. Brigsteer Lakeview Lodge also sleeps 4 and boasts lake views, but again, no pets allowed.

White Cross Bay, Cumbria

Driving Distance: About 6 minutes (1.83 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: White Cross Bay enjoys a lakeside location with a marina, offering a peaceful retreat with an indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room, and sports court, complemented by the scenic Boathouse Bar and Restaurant.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families and active holidaymakers, White Cross Bay provides a balance of relaxation with its spa facilities and action with sports and adventure playgrounds. The lack of pet-friendly options makes it more suitable for those without furry companions.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy swimming, sports, and dining at the Boathouse Bar and Restaurant. There's also an amusement arcade and a picnic area with a beer garden for leisurely days.

What's nearby? Nearby, guests can visit Ambleside (10 minutes) and Brockhole on Windermere (4 minutes), with activities like treetop treks and boat hire. Prices vary depending on the activity.

Accommodation options: Accommodation choices include the new Blackbeck Lodge and Harrop Lodge, each sleeping 4, and the Windermere Lodge, which sleeps 6 and is pet-friendly. The Buttermere Lodge and Derwent Lodge offer cosy spaces for 4 guests, with the latter being pet-friendly.

Limefitt Park, Cumbria

Driving Distance: About 8 minutes (3.22 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Limefitt Park is a haven for nature lovers, set in the Lake District National Park, offering horse riding, a games area, and a dog walking zone, all complemented by the local ales and dishes at The Haybarn Inn.

Who will love these lodges? With its stunning location and outdoor activities, Limefitt Park is a hit with families, hikers, cyclists, and pet owners. The park's peaceful setting makes it a favourite for those seeking a tranquil retreat.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can enjoy horse riding, games, and dining at The Haybarn Inn. The park's adventure playground and beer garden offer additional relaxation and fun.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Troutbeck (5 minutes) and the historic town of Kendal (25 minutes), offering cultural experiences and shopping opportunities.

Accommodation options: Accommodations include the Bannerdale and Bleaberry lodges, each offering a cosy atmosphere for 6 and 4 guests respectively, with no pets. The Ashbeck Lodge and Coniston Lodge are pet-friendly and sleep 6 and 4, while the Borrowdale Cottage provides a unique stay for 6 guests and allows pets.

Avon Wood, Cumbria

Driving Distance: About 14 minutes (6.01 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Avon Wood is a secluded park offering a quiet retreat with natural woodland, boat launching facilities, and a selection of lodges with hot tubs for a romantic and luxurious getaway.

Who will love these lodges? Couples seeking a romantic escape will find Avon Wood ideal, with its adult-only lodges and complimentary luxury items. Its seclusion also appeals to those looking for a peaceful holiday.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park's main attractions are its tranquillity and proximity to the lake, making it perfect for boating enthusiasts and those looking for a restful break.

What's nearby? Nearby, visitors can explore the bustling village of Bowness-on-Windermere (14 minutes) or take a trip to the Lakeland Motor Museum (25 minutes).

Accommodation options: Avon Wood offers luxurious lodges for couples, including the Rydal Retreat, The Retreat, and Ambleside Retreat, each sleeping 2 with hot tubs and complimentary treats. For families, the Blakeholme Lodge Plus sleeps 6, while the Gummers How Retreat offers a cosy stay for 2.

Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Windermere

Windermere Lake Cruises

  • Opening Times: Vary seasonally, generally 10:00 - 18:00
  • Prices: Adult tickets from £11.00, discounts for children
  • Postcode: LA23 3HQ
  • Est. time required: 1-3 hours depending on cruise length
  • Nearest parking: Bowness Pier

For a serene day out, hop aboard one of the Windermere Lake Cruises. It's perfect for couples or families wanting to soak in the tranquil beauty of the lake. Keep an eye out for the special themed cruises – they're a real treat! The best time to visit is on a clear day when the fells are visible in all their glory. Tip: grab a window seat for the best views and photos.

Phone number: 015394 43360 | Web:

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:30
  • Prices: Adult £8.95, Child £4.95
  • Postcode: LA23 3BX
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Rayrigg Road car park

Step into the enchanting world of The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. It's an absolute gem for families and anyone who grew up loving these timeless tales. The attraction has recently updated its interactive exhibits, making it even more immersive. Visit during the quieter months to avoid the crowds. Here's a tip: check out the garden; it's a charming spot that often gets overlooked.

Phone number: 015394 88444 | Web:

Windermere Jetty Museum

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adult £9.00, Children free with a paying adult
  • Postcode: LA23 1BN
  • Est. time required: 1.5-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Windermere Jetty Museum is a modern marvel for anyone keen on boats and the area's maritime history. They've got a fantastic collection of historic vessels, and the conservation workshop is a unique feature. Go on a weekday to avoid the weekend rush. A tip for families: the museum has interactive exhibits that'll keep the kids engaged.

Phone number: 015394 46139 | Web:

Orrest Head Viewpoint

  • Opening Times: Open 24/7
  • Prices: Free
  • Postcode: LA23 1AH
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours for the walk
  • Nearest parking: Broad Street

For a breathtaking panoramic view without a strenuous hike, Orrest Head Viewpoint is your go-to. It's a hit with casual walkers and those after that perfect Instagram shot. The path has been improved recently, making it more accessible. Sunrise and sunset are magical times to visit. Just a heads up: it can get a bit nippy, so bring a jacket!

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Brockhole on Windermere

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Free entry, pay for activities
  • Postcode: LA23 1LJ
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Adventure-seekers, families, and anyone looking to have a fun-filled day should check out Brockhole on Windermere. It's got everything from mini-golf to treetop treks. They've recently added a new escape room challenge that's a blast. To make the most of your day, get there early and pack a picnic. Oh, and don't miss the lakeshore; it's stunning.

Phone number: 015394 46601 | Web:

Wray Castle

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 16:00
  • Prices: Adult £12.60, Child £6.30
  • Postcode: LA22 0JA
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

For a slice of Victorian grandeur, Wray Castle is a must-visit. History enthusiasts and families will love exploring the mock-Gothic castle and its grounds. They've got some new interactive exhibits that delve into the castle's past. The best time to visit is on a weekday when it's less crowded. Tip: the castle's grounds are perfect for a leisurely stroll, so bring comfy shoes.

Phone number: 015394 33250 | Web:

When planning your trip to Windermere, consider staying in one of the many cosy lodges in Windermere to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Lake District. Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway or a family adventure, these lodges offer the perfect base to explore the top attractions Windermere has to offer.


This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with stunning views of the lakes and fells. Many lodges in Windermere come with modern amenities like hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, and spacious living areas. It's a blend of home comfort and the great outdoors. Perfect for unwinding and exploring the natural beauty of the Lake District.

What should I pack when visiting Windermere?

Pack for the outdoors: walking boots, waterproofs, and layers for changeable weather. Don't forget swimwear for hot tubs or lake swims. For evenings, casual dining attire is fine at most places, like The Pig in Windermere. Bring a camera for those scenic shots and maybe some binoculars for wildlife spotting.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Windermere offer on-site parking, often right next to your accommodation. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. If you're staying at a larger lodge complex, like White Cross Bay, you'll typically find designated parking spots close to your lodge.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain is part of the charm here! Many lodges come with board games and cosy fireplaces. Otherwise, check out indoor attractions like the World of Beatrix Potter or Lakes Aquarium. There's always a cosy pub or café nearby to shelter in and enjoy a warm drink.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely, local supermarkets offer delivery services, and many local restaurants and takeaways in Windermere provide delivery options too. For a special treat, some private chefs can come to your lodge and cook for you. Just remember to book these services in advance, especially during peak times.

Is Windermere a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Definitely! Windermere is quieter and often more affordable outside the summer months. You'll enjoy the same stunning scenery with fewer crowds. Plus, many lodges offer cosy features like log burners, making them ideal for a snug winter break. Just check local attractions for winter opening times.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, hot tubs are thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked before new guests arrive. Lodges like those at Fallbarrow Park pride themselves on maintaining high standards. It's all part of ensuring you have a relaxing and hygienic stay.

Are there any walking trails directly accessible from the lodges?

Many lodges in Windermere boast direct access to walking trails. You can step out of your door and onto paths leading to breathtaking viewpoints. For a scenic and manageable hike, the trail to Orrest Head starts right from the town and offers panoramic views of the lake.

What local wildlife might we see from our lodge?

Keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels, roe deer, and a variety of birds, including ospreys and kingfishers. If you're by the water, you might spot otters or even the elusive Windermere pike. The area's rich biodiversity is a highlight for many visitors.

Are there any child-friendly activities near the lodges?

Windermere is fantastic for kids. Aside from the lake activities, there are adventure parks like Brockhole on Windermere with treetop treks and mini-golf. The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway is a hit with little train enthusiasts, and the Go Ape at Grizedale Forest offers family fun for older kids.

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