Newby Bridge is a small hamlet on the River Leven at the southern end of Windermere. The village gets its name from the 5 arch stone bridge that crosses the river. The historic bridge dates back to the mid 17th century and is popular among landscape photographers. Boaters and swimmers also enjoy the area.
There are no shops or pubs in the immediate vicinity, but Newby Bridge’s convenient location makes it a fantastic base from which to explore the Southern Lakeland areas. It is just a couple of miles drive to Lakeside Pier, where you can enjoy a host of family attractions, including Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, Windermere Lake Cruises and Lakes Aquarium.
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway
The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway stops at the village as part of the 3.5 mile route along the former Furness branch Line. The historic railway line was built to transport coal and iron during the industrial revolution and helped supply coastal areas with deposits from the mines.
Today, the railway is a major tourist attraction that carries plenty of visitors throughout the year. The journey provides visitors with a unique way to admire the stunning Lake District scenery from the windows. There is a regular service from April to October, with some trains scheduled to complement the ferry time tables. Special events and driving experiences are also available – these need to be booked well in advance.
At nearby Lakeside Pier you can catch a ferry to Fell Foot Park or visit Lakes Aquarium. There you will find more than 30 displays, showcasing a range of fish and other marine life from around the world.
Younger members of the family can enjoy an up-close look at a range of species, including those that can be found in British waters. There’s plenty of opportunity to learn more about the underwater world.
Lake District holiday park
Skelwith Fold is considered one of the best holiday parks in the Lake District and is situated just 30 minutes’ drive from Newby Bridge. We have a range of accommodation on site, including spacious caravan pitches, cosy self-catering cottages and luxury safari tents and glamping pods.
Photo credit: Dave Willis
How to find Newby Bridge
Opening times: Always open
Distance from park
12.7 miles (approx. 34 mins)