Bowness on Windermere has it all.
Famed for being Cumbria's most popular destination with its mix of tradition, heritage and beautiful views, Bowness on Windermere has it all - a superb lakeside setting and a wealth of attractions to suit all ages. As many people know the Lake District in general is a real hub for visitors with many amenities and attractions geared towards providing fun all year round. Bowness on Windermere represents this fact plus so much more.
The town is generally busy all year with people looking to enjoy the many sailing, fishing and watersports activities on offer - not to mention the beautiful walks and the relaxing atmosphere.
The town itself is located in South Lakeland, Cumbria, about halfway along the 12 mile length of lake between Waterhead at the North end, and Lakeside at the South end, and thanks to its amazing position on the banks of the Windermere is now classed as a tourist honeypot.
Unbeknown to many people, Bowness will actually be one of the stop off points for the Olympic torch before it heads to the Olympic Games for the opening ceremony too.
One of the most favoured aspects of Bowness for many visitors is its rich Victorian charm - the heritage of the 19th century is still very much in full view with large residences from that era still overlooking the lake (many of these have now been turned into hotels and guest houses). There are also many places of interest to see around Bowness and it is a well known fact that there is something to tickle everyone's fancy. If you want to see many sights that represent the history of the place, a good starting point would be St Martin's Church. It is the parish church of Bowness and was built in 1483. It isn't just the church that is well worth seeing with its beautiful interior, the entire area around it is also picturesque and boasts beautiful narrow streets known as Lowside which gives an impression of old Bowness.
For the more energetic and outdoor minded amongst you, you will also want to partake in many scenic walks and you are guaranteed to be spoilt for choice. One that is favoured by many is the short walk from Windermere that takes you to Orrest Head as this has a simply beautiful viewpoint. It just so happens that it was the first 'summit' in Lakeland visited by A. Wainwright, author of the well known guide books in 1930.
There is also more exploration to be done as there is a car ferry that takes you across the lake to Sawrey and Hawkshead which are also worth seeing.
As well as places to stay there are also a range of places to eat. There are restaurants, snack bars, take-away options and many coffee shops so whatever you fancy, there is something for you.
The Brown Horse Inn is a popular choice and has a top class restaurant that is made even more appealing by its warm and homely atmosphere. Lonsdale House Hotel, The Royal Oak Inn, Terrace restaurant and Montes Café are all other eateries that provide a range of food. Foreign food such as Thai and Indian options are also popular eateries in Bowness too.