If you want to experience a World Heritage site in all its glory, get yourself to Claife Heights Viewing station on the banks of Lake Windermere.
By road …Junction 36 off M6, then take A684 which becomes the A591 to Windermere and Ambleside. B5285 from Windermere via Windermere ferry 3 miles. B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside 9 miles. B5285 from Coniston 8 miles.
Parking: Ash Landing, very near Claife Viewing Station and Harrowslack, on Windermere’s west shore.
There’s a cosy cafe in the courtyard and it is open every day 11am-3pm. Four legged friends are welcome on the west shore of Windermere.
This colourful Viewing Station has endless lake views and waterside paths for you to explore.
Travel Tip created by Brian and Alison Smith in association with Vacation Soup
Winter Beauty….. sounds romantic. Winter walks …….sounds romantic but not all of us want to walk the fells in the Winter, so I have put together my top 4 places to visit in the Winter months when you stay at Woodside.
The mountains, lakes, valleys and woodlands might be a bracing place to be in the Winter months, but it is a wonderful place for winter walking, cycling, family activities and much more.
And, when the snow falls, there are plenty of slopes for sledging and for building snowmen, which the kids will love! This is the Bobbin Mill across the road, just waiting for those snowmen to be built!
And, with early dark nights and clear winter skies, it is a perfect time to get looking up at the stars.
After a day out hiking the snowy fells (be prepared as the weather can be very unpredictable) or having enjoyed a cruise across lake Windermere from Lakeside you can get all warm and toasty in front of the fire at Woodside. Or venture out to The Swan for a great meal.
My top selection for indoor places to visit when at Woodside in the Winter months.
The Aquarium of the Lakes, Newby Bridge
A lovely little aquarium on the southern shore of Windermere at Lakeside, with freshwater and marine life, featuring an underwater otter tunnel and stingrays.
Lakeland – The perfect place to hear about exciting new products, recipes, offers and competitions from the home of creative kitchenware.
The home of the kitchen gadget! Things you didn’t even know existed! Things you didn’t even know you wanted till you saw it! All this and more, especially on the run up to Christmas. Lakeland is packed with ideas for you and your home, and on a winter’s afternoon a perfect place to call into when in Windermere. They have an excellent restaurant too.