As the largest natural lake in the Lake District, Windermere has long been a popular spot with visitors seeking a slice of the great outdoors. But what are the best things to do on a short weekend break? Here's some travel inspiration to help you plan.
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Pack your walking boots and comfiest pyjamas, because you can combine sports and outdoor pursuits with luxury and relaxation in this beautiful part of the world.
As the Visitor Centre for the Lake District, Brockholes offers plenty for all visitors, including a tree-top trek, a launch jetty, nature walks, bike and boat hire and 30 acres of landscaped gardens. Visitors can also enjoy the excellent cafe and gift shop, and the information desk is an ideal resource for discovering local activities.
2. Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
Head to Newby Bridge to enjoy an 18-minute ride on a restored steam engine! Simply sit back and take in the views, the atmosphere and the most stylish way to visit some of the area's main attractions. In fact, the steam line is the perfect way to travel to your next destination...
3. Windermere Lake Cruises
Hop onto a steamer to enjoy life at a more leisurely pace. Windermere Lake Cruises regularly appear in Top 20 lists of visitor attractions in the UK, and they offer a tremendous experience, with wonderful views and comfort on board. Stop for a cone of real Lakeside ice-cream for the perfect experience.
4. Lake View Spa
Get prepared to relax in style at the Lake View Hotel & Spa, which has sweeping views of Lake Windermere. Enjoy the finest spa treatments, float in the pool, detox in the spa and enjoy delicious food created by expert chefs, from local ingredients. You'll leave feeling as though you've been on holiday for a fortnight!