Even though the UNESCO World Heritage site covers over 900 square miles, you can still enjoy your holiday without a car. As England’s largest national park, there are lots of things to do in Windermere and beyond.
Here are just 5 things to do in Windermere without a car. After all public transport in the Lake District isn’t the only way to get around the Cumbrian countryside.
Bike Rides in Windermere
Why not leave the car at your boutique spa cottage and head out on two wheels instead. It won’t take you long before finding some of the most scenic cycle paths in Cumbria. It can be a short ride along Lake Windermere, or a ride that ventures further afield. Particularly popular rides take advantage of the Windermere Car Ferry, where you can cross the water and cycle to Wray Castle. If you fancy a little more of a challenge, then Grizedale forest is perfect for the keen mountain biker.
Windermere Lake Cruises
It wouldn’t be a holiday in the Lake District without enjoy at least one boat trip. Windermere Lake Cruises are of course the ideal choice if you are staying at a boutique cottage in the area. It’s certainly one of the most popular things to do in Windermere without a car. So take time out to enjoy the scenery, let someone else take the wheel as you drift along Lake Windermere.
Cross Lake Experience
While the Windermere Lake Cruises stop off at places such as Ambleside and Brockhole, the Cross Lake Experience is another good way to get around. This way you can still enjoy a boat trip in Windermere, combining it with a bus ticket to help reach the local attractions. Once you’re across the water, you can visit Beatrix Potter’s House in Windermere, or stay on the bus to nearby Hawkshead.
Spend the day in Coniston
When it comes to things to do in Windermere without a car, you don’t have to limit your day to just Windermere itself. After all, as we’ve already demonstrated, the water ways in the Lake District are integral part of getting from A to B. If you buy a ticket for the Steam Yacht Gondola then Coniston is a great place to spend the day.
Walking in Windermere
Much like the aforementioned bike rides, walking is of course another popular way to experience Windermere without a car. There’s the short stroll around Loughrigg Tarn or the 14 miles from Langdale to Scafell Pike. The walk will certainly be worth it, as you reach the highest mountain in England. Don’t forget you still need to plan the return journey, but just think of that inviting hot tub in Windermere awaiting your return.
Where to stay in Windermere without a car
Although Rose Cottage comes with it’s own private parking, you don’t have to feel obliged to use it. The boutique spa cottage in Windermere is in prime location, making it just that little bit easier to see the Lake district without a car.