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The Howbeck Guesthouse - Things to do

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Just a two minute stroll from our guesthouse in Windermere brings you to the cafes, bars and restaurants in centre of Windermere Village; or a five minute walk in the other direction brings you to the bustling village of Bowness, set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Windermere and the Lake District Fells

Bowness boasts an array of attractions, including Windermere Lake Cruises, the World of Beatrix Potter, Blackwell Arts and Crafts House and the Windermere Steamboat Museum.

If walking is your thing, then we are perfectly situated. A short walk from the Howbeck and you can be at the top of Orrest Head, enjoying the views of Lake Windermere and the fells beyond that started Wainwright's love affair with the Lake District. Or if you want to travel further afield, Keswick and the northern and western Lakes are within easy reach by car. We can provide information on a number of walks in and around Windermere and Bowness, or if you are feeling more adventurous we can arrange for a walking guide.

Our staff can arrange any number of activities for you to enjoy while you're staying with us. From canoeing and kayaking to off road driving and treasure hunts, there really is something for everyone. There's more information below on some of the attractions, as well as a link to the Cumbria Tourism website where you will find an exhaustive list of all the events taking place during your stay.

• Hill Top, Near Sawrey - former home of Beatrix Potter
• Beatrix Potter Gallery - Hawkshead
• Windermere Steamboats and Museum
• Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole
• Townend, Troutbeck - 17th century statesman farmers house
• Rydal Mount and Gardens, near Ambleside
• William Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, Grasmere
• The Ruskin Motor Museum, Coniston
• Sizergh Castle and Garden, nr Kendal
• Low Sizergh Barn, Farm Shop, Tea Rooms and Craft Gallery nr Kendal
• Stott Park Bobbin Mill
• Holker Hall, Gardens and Lakeland Motor Museum
• South Lakes Wild Animal Park
• Rheged, The village in the Hill, near Penrith and Helly Hansen
• National Mountaineering Exhibition
• Trotters World of Animals, Keswick
• Honister Slate Mine
• Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House
• Muncaster Castle and Owl Centre
• Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
• Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill
• Fell Foot Park
• Wordsworth House

It's easy to get away from the crowds too with stunning countryside just a short distance away and drives over Wrynose and Hardknott pass will bring you to the Roman fort.

The historic market towns of Kendal and Keswick are within easy reach, as is Ambleside with it's fine array of outdoor clothing shops.


Top 10 Lake District Attractions
As a tourist destination, the Lake District packs quite a punch, with such an amazing array of beautiful landscapes, and exciting visitor attractions to suit all tastes and ages....More

Windermere Village Attractions
Nestled close to the shores of Lake Windermere, the town of Windermere itself is one of the most famous in the Lake District, as well as being the idyllic location of The Howbeck....More

Family-friendly Lake District attractions
Windermere and the surrounding Lake District are jam-packed with exciting family days out to keep all ages entertained. Some of our guests' favourite family attractions ...More

Rainy day attractions
The Lake District is best known for its wealth of natural, outdoor attractions – but if the heavens open while you're staying with us, there's still plenty to keep you occupied under cover – with many indoor attractions within a short drive of the Howbeck....More

Unique museums in the Lake District
If you're planning a day off from spending time outdoors, the Lake District is home to a fabulous selection of unique museums with a difference. Whether you fancy discovering the history of early motoring in the English Lake District, or enjoying belly laughs at the Laurel and Hardy Museum, check out our top five unique Lake District museums......More

Annual Lake District Festivals
Annual festivals and events take place across the region throughout the year, adding even more colour and excitement to your Lake District holiday.
Some of the best-known annual Lake District festivals include......More

Historical attractions and heritage
The Lake District has strong links with a wealth of famous writers, from poet William Wordsworth to the legendary children's author Beatrix Potter. Add to this the region's fascinating Roman heritage and its collection of imposing country manors and gardens, and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to historical attractions near Windermere....More

Lake District Gardens and Parks
The Lake District boasts some very special estates and gardens that are open to the public, both large and small – ranging from those that reflect the individual style of their creators, such as Brantwood, to those that reflect a particular historical era, such as Levens....More

Best Lake Cruises in the Lake District
There are four main bodies of water in the Lake District where you can enjoy a relaxing boat cruise: in the South Lakes near the Howbeck Guest House there’s Windermere and Coniston Water, while in the North Lakes there’s Derwentwater and Ullswater....More

Adventure activities in the Lake District
With outdoor activities to suit virtually all ages and abilities, the Lake District is one big outdoor adventure playground. Encompassing England's five tallest mountains and countless beautiful lakes (most of which are actually called 'tarns' and 'meres'), the region offers a fabulous range of things to do in the water, on the land, and even in the air. Here's a little bit of inspiration just to whet your appetite... ...More

Top walks in the Lake District
Pack your walking shoes and enjoy some wonderful walks through the Lake District's scenic countryside.
With so many breathtaking destinations, it's tough choosing which to tackle during a short holiday at the Howbeck Guest House. To help get you started, we've hand-picked a broad selection of Lake District walks, all within easy driving distance of the town of Windermere, offering options for both the casual walker looking for an easy, relaxed stroll through to tougher challenges for keen hill walkers seeking some rigorous exercise......More

Romantic things to do in the Lake District
Once you're booked in for a stay at Windermere's Howbeck Guest House, you're already well on your way to enjoying a luxurious romantic break in the Lake District. There are few British destinations more romantic, and it is a region that offers so many special things to do that will create lasting memories of your trip... ...More

Scenic drives in the Lake District
The Lake District is an idyllic destination for those who enjoy beautiful scenery, and everywhere you venture you'll find scenic drives with plenty of places of interest to stop off at along the way. The Howbeck Guest House offers the perfect base – with some of the most spectacular drives in the Lake District to be found around Windermere and nearby Ambleside ...More

The best waterfalls in the Lake District
From Scale Force, the Lake District's highest waterfall, to the beautiful Lodore Falls above pretty Derwentwater – visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning waterfalls in the Lakes.
Known locally as 'forces' rather than waterfalls, here we've put together a list of some of our favourites – and each one is close enough to Windermere to explore either on a short excursion or a day trip from the Howbeck Guest House... ...More

Bird-watching locations in the Lake District
There are many well-known birdwatching spots within easy reach of Windermere and the Howbeck Guest House – perfect for guests who like to enjoy walks full of wildlife, or those planning a dedicated bird-watching holiday in the Lake District.
Here are a handful of top birdwatching destinations near Windermere to get you started... ...More

Top Lake District lakes, meres, tarns and waters
There are said to be 16 official 'lakes' in the Lake District, although in fact only one of these bodies of water – Bassenthwaite Lake – is officially called a 'lake'. Others such as Windermere, Coniston Water, Ullswater and Buttermere are known as either meres, tarns and waters. Exploring the region, you will also stumble across lots of pretty, smaller tarns that have not even been named ...More

Just a mile from the lake shore, the town of Windermere together with its lakeside neighbour, Bowness-on-Windermere, have provided a major tourist destination since Victorian times.
While the lake itself is the main attraction, these linked towns are also home to a number of interesting museums, as well as a fantastic array of tea rooms, boutique shops, pubs and restaurants to keep visitors well-fed and watered. ...More

One of the Lake District's most popular destinations, the lively and attractive town of Ambleside is less than five miles away from the Howbeck Guest House, situated at the head of Windermere, England's largest lake.
It is a popular starting point for walking, mountaineering and mountain biking trips, with plenty of outdoor shops and a good choice of popular pubs and restaurants providing much-needed refreshments to hungry hikers. ...More

About half an hour's drive north of Windermere, the bustling town of Keswick sits right at the heart of the Northern Lakes, surrounded by craggy mountains. From cultural events at Theatre by the Lake to historical sights such as the Castlerigg Stone Circle and off-beat museums such as the Pencil Museum, Keswick and the surrounding area has heaps to offer tourists......More


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