Things to do in the local area

There is so much to see and do during your stay at Chestnuts Guest House in Windermere. You could enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere, visit to The World of Beatrix Potter attraction, enjoy a fell walk, or perhaps a round of golf. Below you will find a taster of what's available within easy reach of Chestnuts.

Lake Cruises

Lakes, tarns and reservoirs are in abundance, there are so many to explore! The four main bodies of water in the Lake District where you can enjoy a relaxing lake cruise are Windermere, Coniston Water, Derwentwater and Ullswater. Windermere (England's largest lake, and just a short walk from Chestnuts) and Coniston Water are located in the South Lakes, while Derwentwater and Ullswater are in the North Lakes.


Don’t forget to pack your golf clubs, with courses that welcome non-members at Windermere, Carus Green, Kendal and Crook, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Nearly all visitors to Kendal Golf Club remember the 17th hole; a short Par 3 of less than 130 yards, the tee shot is played from an elevated tee over a limestone rock outcrop, known locally as the battleship. If the weather is inclement, Carus Green’s driving range features 18 heated floodlit bays, automated power tees and a range of targets, flags, distance markers and bunkers to add interest and variety to every shot.

Visitor Attractions

Our top local picks would be: The World of Beatrix Potter – a vibrant family attraction bringing to life Beatrix Potter's stories in a magical recreation of the Lake District countryside featuring Peter Rabbit. Lakes Aquarium – an aquarium with freshwater and marine life, featuring an underwater otter tunnel and stingrays, Brockhole – offering 30 acres of beautiful historical gardens and grounds. You swing or bounce through ancient woodland on Treetop Trek and Treetop Nets, down by the lakeshore, you can hire kayaks and rowing boats, or catch the cruise boat across the lake, depending on the season. There’s also bike hire, pony rides, archery and play mini golf on offer. Rheged – a grass-roofed Lakeland heritage centre and gallery in a former quarry with a huge 3D cinema screen.


Whatever activity you’d like to pursue, the Lake District has them all! From fell walking, rock climbing and abseiling, to kayaking, mountain biking and fishing; they’re all available and on the doorstep of Chestnuts. If you fancy going bananas and monkeying around, make sure you visit GoApe at Grizedale Forest, you can easily spend two to three hours up high in the Douglas Firs on zip wires, tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings.

Driving Tours

If you’d like to leave the planning, organisation and driving to someone else, check out Mountain Goat Tours and Lakes Supertours. Mountain Goat Tours operate daily, departing from Bowness and Windermere (a walk away from Chestnuts), and offer a choice of guided sightseeing tours around the beautiful English Lake District, tours include lake cruises, steam train journeys, cultural, historic and literary attractions. Based in Windermere, Lakes Supertours operate eight and sixteen seat minibus tours around the Lake District, offering morning, afternoon and full-day tours, with several itineraries to choose from. So sit back, relax, and take in the scenery.


Evenings can be whiled away in the many local eateries and hostelries’, there’s a wide variety of cuisine to choose between, from fusion, Thai and Indian, to tapas, carvery and Tradition fayre. However our personal favourite night out is spent at Zeffirellis in Ambleside – an independent cinema, with vegetarian restaurant, café, pizzeria and relaxed jazz cafe for live music, it’s a must! Brewery Arts in Kendal is also worth a visit too, with 2 cinemas, a drama studio, galleries, theatre and a restaurant/bar, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

Historic Homes & Gardens

The Lake District is a hive of culture and heritage adventure; there’s so much to see and do, that creating a short-list is very difficult. But our top recommendations include: Holehird Gardens, Abbot Hall, Brantwood, Townend, Levens Hall, Kendal Museum, Hilltop, Wray Castle, Sizergh Castle, Holker Hall, Blackwell, Rydal Mount and Ruskin Museum. All easily accessible from Chestnuts, and all worth a visit if time allows.


Wanting to shop until you drop? You’ve come to the right place! For factory outlet shops (including Kendal’s K Village Outlet Centre), high street brands, traditional markets and specialty shops, head into Windermere. Check out Bowness, Ambleside and Keswick for independent retailers specialising in local crafts and produce. Don’t forget to purchase Lake District speciality dishes: Cumberland sausage, Kendal Mint Cake, Hawkshead Relish and Sticky Toffee Pudding from Cartmel.

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