Principal Towns and Villages of the Lake District
Situated at the Northern tip of Windermere lake about 5 miles from Bowness. The village centre is about a half mile from the steamer pier at Waterhead. Regular bus services from Windermere to Coniston,Grasmere and Keswick pass through. Stock Ghyll Force is a fine waterfall a short walk from the centre, whilst the diminutive Bridge House and Hayes Garden World should not be missed. Situated at the North-Western extremity of the Lake District between Keswick and Workington this was the birthplace of William Wordsworth and Wordsworth House on Main Street is in the care of the National Trust. Cockermouth is also home to Jennings Brewery.
Situated at the northern tip of Coniston Water about 5 miles west of Bowness in an area once dominated by copper mining and slate quarrying. It was on Coniston Water that Donald Campbell died in 1967 whilst attempting to break the water speed record. Today the splendid Gondola steam boat dating from 1859 and owned by the National Trust operates a regular service during the tourist season from Easter to October. Nearby is Brantwood the home of John Ruskin the 19th. Century writer and philosopher.
Situated 4 miles north-west of Ambleside just off the main Windermere/Keswick road is this attractive village nestling in a valley between towering fells. Close by are Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount both one-time homes of William Wordsworth.
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Situated between Bowness and Coniston is this charming little village but the car park,though quite large,is inadequate for the volume of visitors attracted here. Best advice is to get there soon after breakfast and beat the crowds!
Situated between Bowness and Hawkshead is this tiny village which is popular as a place of special importance to those interested in the life and work of Beatrix Potter. It was here, at Hilltop, that she did much of her work and Hilltop is now in the care of the National Trust