We have enjoyed a great few days of sunshine in Windermere, with highs of 25C last weekend. Long may it continue!
Spring is a great time to visit the Lakes before the summer crowds arrive, when the days are warmer and when all the Windermere attractions are open.
Stunning scenery hails the beginning of spring, with green fells, majestic mountain views and local flora and fauna at its most colourful.
If you want to explore the Lake District without driving yourself, the Mountain Goat Tours are excellent ways of seeing the best parts of the Lake District, hassle-free. The experienced guides and drivers will take you for half day or full day tours and offer an exciting itinerary.
If you are lucky enough to be staying in Windermere, stroll down to Bowness Bay where you can catch a steamer across the Lake or enjoy some of the best restaurants, pubs and cafes in the area.
Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre is also worth visiting and offers beautiful scenic walks, and adventure playground and plenty of scenic places to enjoy a picnic.
Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House is one of the major attractions near Windermere. Visitors can enjoy stunning views over the lake from the gardens, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere in the house itself, which was built between 1898 and 1900, and designed by M H Baillie Scott. Blackwell was originally built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, owner of the Manchester Brewery. Original features ensure Blackwell retains much of its original charm. Several rooms are used as galleries, and the gardens offer a picturesque terrace bordered by flowers where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat and take in the incredible views.
St Martin´s Church at Bowness-on-Windermere is a Grade 1 listed building which attracts visitors from far and wide. With stained glass windows described as ´the finest collection of medieval glass in the North-west of England´ by an expert, the church also has a decorative theme inspired by Henry Hughe´s restoration in 1870. The churchyard is always open to visitors and includes the listed gravestone of Rasselas Belfield (at the east end of the church) which is one of English Heritage's Sites of Memory. A tombstone at the West end of the church commemorates the life of John Bolton, the former owner of Storrs Hall and a benefactor of the church.
Orrest Head is a short but fairly steep walk and is one of the most popular treks in Windermere. The 20 minute trek is definitely worth it for the stunning views over Windermere from the top. If you are lucky enough to be in Windermere on a sunny day, enjoy the sun set view from Orrest Head over the lake.