If you are lucky enough to be going on holiday to Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, you might want to do a bit of research first, given that there are so many interesting locations to visit. By far one of the locations you’ll find most fascinating is Windermere.
With the stunning countryside to explore, alongside the town of Bowness and the Lake itself, you will not be short of places to visit and attractions to see. In fact, you may even need to make multiple trips to the area, just so you can fit in everything there is to see.
Of the Lake District’s 18 waters, which are usually classified as lakes, Windermere is by some distance the biggest. Running about 10.6 miles or 17km from its northern tip near Ambleside to its southernmost point near Newby Bridge, it has a perimeter that stretches close enough to 26.2 miles to have made the Windermere Marathon a popular event for many years. Its surface area of 5.7 square miles (14.8 square kilometres) also makes it the largest natural lake in England.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Located in the middle of Bowness, The World of Beatrix Potter is a delight for children and adults alike, with the world-famous stories of the famous author brought to life through exhibits, shows and gardens. Whether you prefer Jemima Puddleduck or Peter Rabbit himself, this attraction is perfect for a family day out in Windermere.
Blackwell Arts and Crafts Centre
Also located in Bowness, Blackwell Arts and Crafts Centre is another great location for a family day out, especially as children aged 16 or below go in free. With exhibitions, displays, frequent craft events, a tea room and a contemporary craft shop, there is plenty here to fuel your imagination whilst on holiday.
Windermere Lake Cruises
The best and safest way to get out on open water is a Windermere Lake Cruise, which will let you see the entirety of the picturesque area for a very reasonable price. With regular tours leaving all day long around England’s largest lake, make sure you put some time aside to see Lake Windermere in all its glory.
The Old Laundry Theatre
Weather it’s comedy, theatre productions or a Beatrix Potter inspired musical, then the Old Laundry Theatre is the perfect stop-off on your exploration of Windermere. With a bursting events calendar that has something for everyone, you might just want to plan your trip to Windermere around the next production.
If you want to get a bit more active whilst visiting Windermere then you might consider hiring some bikes for you and the family. Located up in Windermere town centre (rather than Bowness), Country Lanes Cycle Hire is a good spot to hire, and is well positioned for you to cycle onto other great locations. Check out our recent blogpost regarding Cycle Routes near Skelwith, or find out more about cycle hire here.
How to find Windermere
Opening times: Always open
Distance from park
6.3 miles (approx. 16 mins)