Things to do around Windermere

England's largest lake and its surrounding area is packed with loads of things to do, whatever the weather and however active or relaxed you want to be.

Get on the water

The best way to really enjoy Winderemere is to get on the lake. From cruise boats, to motor boats, rowing, kayaking and canoeing, paddleboards, sailing and swimming, find out how and where to get on the water.

Boating and swimming on Windermere

Walking and hiking

The Windermere area has short easy-access walks, to longer routes and some classic Lake District summits with views over the lake.

Walking routes near Windermere

Join one of our guided walks


The western shore of Windermere, and Grizedale forest, are particularly good for family-friendly cycling.

Cycle routes and bike hire

Here are some more suggestions for what you can do in and around Windermere, whatever the weather.

Activities around Windermere

Activities for the disabled

Bendrigg Trust Residential Centre including abseiling, rock climbing, archery

Adventure days

Pleasure in Leisure - 015395 35999

R and L Adventures - 015394 45104 The Byre, Knotts Farm, Patterdale Road, Windermere

Balloon flights

High Adventure Balloon Flights - 01539 47599 c/o RM Travel, Rayrigg Road, Bowness-on-Windermere


Royalty Cinema in Bowness

Zeffirellis Cinema in Ambleside




Beckside Golf Course - 01539 821415 at Ellerbeck Farm, Crook

Windermere Golf Club - 015394 43123 (club) and 015394 3550 (professional) at Cleabarrow, Windermere

Crazy Golf and Pitch and Putt

Glebe Recreation Ground at Bowness - 015394 45926

White Platts at Ambleside - 01539 432074


Rydal Farm in Ambleside - 015394 34131


Great Tower National Scout Camp - 01995 61336

Steam railway

Lakeside and Haverthwaite


There are three sites - Fellfoot, Millerground and Lakeside - that are designated bathing waters under the Bathing Water Directive. These sites are regularly monitored for amenity and public health reasons.

Please supervise children at all times as the deeper waters of Windermere are very cold, even in summer! Find out more top tips on our Swimming page.

Treetop Trek Aerial Adventure

Adventurer flying through the air on Treetop Trek

Enjoy rope bridges, wobbling logs and zip wires. Between Windermere and Ambleside.

More on Treetop Trek and book

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