Weekend Breaks in Bowness-on-Windermere

The Lake District offers the perfect opportunity to unwind in one of the UK’s most beautiful locations. You can surround yourself with stunning mountains, beautiful lakes and scenic valleys with a weekend break in the Lake District. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for ways to entertain the whole family or just have a romantic couples getaway. The Lake District is closer than you think and so easy to get to, it makes the ideal location for a quick weekend escape, even if it’s just for a leisurely Sunday visit.

At Craig Manor, we’re always ready to welcome people to the area, and we’re here to offer up our expert advice on the best way to spend a weekend break in the Lake District and Bowness-on-Windermere.

The perfect rooms for weekend breaks

Our rooms offer stunning views towards Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. We’re proud of the quality of our rooms, whether you opt for a Manor room or one of our Lord & Lady rooms. Each offers a luxurious and comfortable bolthole to help you unwind on a weekend break in the Lake District.

Discover our beautiful rooms, waiting to welcome you for your weekend break.

How To Get To Bowness-On-Windermere

If travelling by train, you can catch the West Coast Main Line to Oxenholme, before changing for Windermere (unfortunately Bowness itself doesn’t have its own train station, although it’s only a short taxi ride or walk away).

If driving, the average journey time from London and the South East is generally around five hours, while journeys from the Manchester area will take about one and a half hours, while those from Yorkshire are closer to two hours.

If you do drive, you’ll need to take Junction 36 of the M6 and follow the A591 from the South or take Junction 39 followed by the A6 and then A591 from Scotland.

If visiting from abroad, the closest airports are Manchester to the south and Glasgow to the north, with the new Carlisle Lake District Airport set to open in summer 2019.

Top Bowness-on-Windermere Attractions & Things To Do

As the largest lake in the country, Lake Windermere attracts water sports enthusiasts and novices alike, so whether you’re a seasoned pro on the water or simply want to give it a try, it’s the perfect place to try something new.

Whether you want to take a canoe or kayak out onto the water, or even try your hand at water skiing or wakeboarding, there are all kinds of watersports operators around the lake.

Away from the water, there are plenty of other high-octane activities that you can try your hand at over the weekend, whether it be ghyll scrambling, climbing, mountain biking, abseiling and more.

boat trip on windermere

Things to do in the Lake District

Of course, Bowness also acts as a perfect base to explore the wider Lake District as a whole, with endless beautiful walks and hikes to take in the breathtaking landscapes. Here at Craig Manor, we’ve also planned out some of our favourite walks in the area which will take you to your destination and right back to the Manor.

Further afield from Barrowness-on-Windermere there are all kinds of wonderful things to see and do in the Lake District. Round out your weekend break in the Lake District by visiting one of the excellent local artisan food & drink places, or take a road trip around the Lake District and spot your favourite film locations in the Lakes. Alternatively, you can spend your Saturday afternoon in one of the Lake District’s glorious beer gardens.

We have our own resources on the best things to do in Windermere, but a few highlights include:

The World of Beatrix Potter

Just round the corner from the hotel in Bowness, you’ll find the World of Beatrix Potter. It’s a wonderful place to kick off any family weekend break. Spend your first morning in the Lakes discovering the magical characters that Beatrix Potter created. If this gives you the appetite for even more Beatrix Potter, we’ve got a whole itinerary to help you do a tour of Beatrix Potter’s Lake District.

You can also explore some of the history of the woman herself, such as Hill Top at Near Sawrey, which is where Beatrix Potter spent much of her life and contains many of her possessions and works.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Next, you’ll want to see the best views of the lake you can, and the best way to do this is to get out on the water itself with a Windermere lake cruise. You’ll be taken out onto the beautiful waters of Lake Windermere and learn all about the lake and its surroundings.

Where To Eat & Drink In Bowness

The town is also home to plenty of great places to eat and drink after a day out and about around the lake and nearby fells, like local favourite Folk Cafe. Top choices in the area include the AA-Rosette-awarded Porto Restaurant and bars and pubs such as BAHA and The Albert and of course, our own lake facing Paisley’s Restaurant and cosy, relaxing bar & lounge.

You’ll be sure to find a real celebration of local produce and famous dishes all across Bowness. Make sure to stick around on Sunday to experience the premier Sunday lunch experience here at Craig Manor.

Local Walks around Windermere

No weekend in the Lake District would be complete without some form of walk. There are walks and hikes all over the Lake District that are perfect for all levels of experience and fitness. We have a whole guide to walks around Windermere, but here is a couple of our favourites:


This 2.8-mile walk along the edge of Windermere is ideal for all abilities. If you’re after speed then it’ll take about an hour, but it makes a leisurely 90 minutes to 2 hours if you want to soak up the scenery.


For something a bit longer, try the 9-mile hike to Grasmere and back. You’ll get great views of Windermere and pass Grasmere village near the end with numerous stunning views along the way.

Stay at Craig Manor and keep an eye out for special offers

If we’ve piqued your interest in spending a short weekend in the Lake District, then we hope to welcome you to Craig Manor soon. Keep your eye on our special offers, and you may just find the perfect deal for a Lake District weekend break. Craig Manor offers you the perfect country house bolthole to explore the Lake District or simply unwind in one of the country’s most beautiful areas.

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