Things to see and do during your stay with us

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway
Lakes Aquarium located on the southern end of Lake Windermere
Grizedale Forest with walking & cycling trails, GoApe treetop adventure and visitor centre
Lake Windermere is a short distance from The Watermill
Grizedale Forest with walking & cycling trails, GoApe treetop adventure and visitor centre
Superb MTB trails at Grizedale Forest

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Here you will find a small sample of things to see and do during your stay with us at The Watermill Inn & Windermere Brewing Co. We provide a local guide to attractions in our bedrooms and have a leaflet display too.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Explore England’s largest lake. Cruises set sale from Bowness-on-Windermere and head north to Ambleside, or south towards Newby Bridge.

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World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is a vibrant visitor centre offering a unique experience for all the family. Explore a magical world where all 23 enchanting tales are brought to life, recreating the beautiful Lake District countryside complete with sights, sounds and smells.

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Lakes Aquarium

Located on the southern shore of Lake Windermere, The Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit creatures from the lakes of the world along with those a little closer to home too. From otters and diving ducks to marmoset monkeys and British sharks and rays.

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Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Take a steam train journey on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway which is located near Newby Bridge. Journeying in nostalgic 1950’s carriages hauled by one of our fleet of passionately restored and maintained steam locomotives. Enjoy the 3.5 mile journey on this former Furness Railway branch line to the foot of Windermere, then onwards to Bowness or Ambleside on one of Windermere Lake Cruises elegant steamers.

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Grizedale Forest

There is so much to see and do at Grizedale Forest including GoApe zip trekking adventure, cyling trails, walking trails, plus a visitor centre. Dogs are welcome to use the walking trails at Grizedale.

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Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat Tours are the #1 Lake District tour specialist boasting 40+ years of experience and pride themselves on their choice of exciting tours.

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Brockhole Visitor Centre offers entertainment for the whole family. Here you can hire boats and bikes, play mini golf, take a pony ride, try archery or make use of the adventure playground. You can look round the historic house & gardens or have a bite to eat in the cafe.

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Hayes Garden World

Located in Ambleside, this is the largest garden centre in Cumbria. Here you will find garden furniture and equipment, plants, conservatory furniture, rugs, gifts and kitchenware.

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Lakeland Ltd

Lakeland Ltd has their flagship store located in Windermere where visitors will find quality kitchenware, bakeware, storage, laundry & cleaning solutions. Extraordinary products to make life easier. Open 7 days a week.

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Herdy has three shops in the Lake District including Bowness-on-Windermere, Keswick and Grasmere. Their range of unique products includes mugs, kitchenware, tableware, country wear, gifts and jewellery.

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Taffy Thomas

Taffy makes regular appearances at The Watermill on the first Tuesday of each month

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Lake District Weatherline

If you are planning a day out on the fells we would recommend you take a look at the fell top conditions forecast at Lake District Weatherline.

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