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Bowness-on-Windermere is a town on the banks of Lake Windermere. It is distinct from the village of Windermere to the east, which contains the local train station connecting this part of the Lake District to the rest of England.
Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most popular tourist spots in the whole of the Lake District, with its easy access to the largest lake in England and some of the most stunning scenery on show anywhere in the British Isles.
The history of Bowness-on-Windermere
The town’s name comes from the Old English ‘bulnes’, meaning 'land where the bull grazes'. Bowness-on-Windermere has its origins in the 11th century, when the area was colonised by invading Norsemen. There is believed to have been a parish church on the site of the current St Martin's Church since as early as 1203, though the original building burnt down in 1480 and its replacement has been restored many times since.
Other towns in the area have their roots in the slate and lead mining business, but Bowness-on-Windermere’s proximity to the lake meant that it progressed naturally from a fishing village to a hive of tourist activity during the Victorian era, thanks chiefly to the opening of the nearby railway in the town of Windermere.
Things to see in Bowness-on-Windermere
Before you set off on your exploration of the lake and surrounding area, there are a few highlights to the town of Bowness-on-Windermere that you should not miss.
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction highlights the town’s connection with the celebrated children’s author. The Lake District's natural beauty and abundant wildlife inspired Beatrix Potter to write her much-loved stories and the attraction features 3D scenes from the books, trips around Peter Rabbit’s garden and Mrs Tiggy-winkle's kitchen, and plenty of other things to enjoy for kids young and old.
As you’d expect from a tourism hotspot there are plenty of fine restaurants and pubs to enjoy in Bowness-on-Windermere. The White House, the Village Inn Bar & Grill and The Ship are just a few of the excellent places to relax and have a drink and a bite to eat, or a more extensive evening meal before retiring to one of our splendid holiday cottages for a well-earned night’s sleep.
Exploring Bowness and the local area
With panoramic views of the lake and mountains, Bowness-on-Windermere is a popular destination all year round among visitors to the Lake District. Cruises on the lake are particular enjoyable, and Bowness has its own ferry terminal to deal with the large numbers of passengers keen to glide around the 18 islands of Lake Windermere, including the largest of them, Belle Isle, just a few hundred metres across the water.
The closest point on the ‘mainland’ to Belle Isle is Cockshott Wood, worthy of a pleasant stroll itself and ideal for children to play on small rocks and logs. The path at Cockshott Point goes very close to the water’s edge and offers fine views of the isle and lake.
Bowness-on-Windermere is on the route of one of the most popular walks in the area. The Windermere Way is an excellent route to see this area of the Lake District, and takes in the summits of Wansfell, Loughrigg Fell and Gummer's How, though you would be ill advised to try the entire walk in one stint as it stretches the full 45 miles of the lake’s circumference.