As the largest body of water in the Lake District, Windermere is also the most popular. It receives millions of tourists each year, with plenty of things to see and do. When travelling by car the M6 and the A591 will take you to that little bit closer to Windermere, where you can park up and enjoy the adventure.
You can reach Windermere by a direct train from Manchester. If travelling from elsewhere then transfers are available from Oxenholme on the West Coast line, adding another half hour onto your journey.
If you’re hiring a cottage in Windermere, especially one with your own private garden and outdoor hot-tub, then you may not wish to travel very far when you arrive.
That’s not to say you won’t visit elsewhere in and around the Lake District. Nearby train stations include Stavely, Burneside and Kendal. Although you can’t travel by train in the opposite direction as the water will block your journey!
With buses a popular way to get about the Lake District, you don’t have to wait long until yours arrives. Pick up points include Windermere train station, Ambleside, Waterhead, Newby Bridge and Lakeside. The main routes to look into are as follow:
- No.599 – Windermere to Bowness
- Nos.555 and 556 - Windermere Kendal Ambleside Grasmere and Keswick
- No.508 – Troutbeck and Ullswater
It’s highly recommended to buy a bus and boat combination ticket (Explorer Zone), that way you can pick and choose between the two.
Ferry and Lake Cruises
You can’t visit the Lake District without enjoying a river cruise, they include the Steam Yacht Gondola, dinner experiences, guided tours.
One of the best ways to get from Windermere to Coniston via public transport is to jump on a ferry. The Windermere Ferry crossing has been operating for 500 years, with cars, bikes and foot passengers crossing the water and avoiding getting stuck in traffic.
Reaching Windermere from Ambelside and Lakeside you can make the most of the river cruises available. If you’re staying at one of Aphrodite’s Spa Hotels then you are in a great location to make the most of travelling on the water.
Walking, hiking and travelling by bicycle
The added bonus of utilising public transport is you don’t have to worry about where to park the car. Walking and hiking tours in the Lake District can take you off the beaten track and don’t always end where they started.
Bike rides can often include a short journey across the water, although always check before leaving. Likewise if travelling by train, as some routes only have limited space for your two wheels.
If you are planning a long weekend in the Lake District, why not book into a boutique Windermere cottage with its own hot tub and make the most of your stay?