Weekend Breaks in Bowness-on-Windermere

Located right on the shores of England’s largest lake, Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most popular places for a weekend break in the country, with visitors flocking not just to the lake itself, but the wider Lake District too.

Whether it’s a relaxing weekend by the lake, or a couple of days walking the fells or taking part in watersports, there are plenty of reasons so many people continue to visit this beautiful town.

bowness lake view


Top Bowness-on-Windermere Attractions & Things To Do


There are even more attractions close to Bowness and across the Lake District.
See all the above and more on our local map of attractions.


As the largest lake in the country, Lake Windermere attracts watersports 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.

lake windermere viewmountain biking trail


Whether you’re travelling with youngsters or not, the stories of Beatrix Potter are also one of the biggest draws to the area, in particular, the World of Beatrix Potter attraction where you can meet beloved characters such as Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Button.

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.

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, which you can see here!

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. Top choices 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.

sunday roast craig manor

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.

Staying At Craig Manor

If you’re looking to visit Bowness-on-Windermere for a weekend break, why not check our availability here at Craig Manor?

Offering great views over the lake, our family-run country house hotel offers the perfect Lake District escape, with lake-facing rooms, traditional home cooked dishes and charming decor.

Within distance of some of the Lake District’s best walks and attractions, Craig Manor is the perfect base for your Lake District visit, so why not contact us or check our availability now?


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