Things to do
There are several great walks straight from Broadlands.
One of them which is minimum effort for maximum result will take you approx 30 minutes to see a 360° spectacular view from Orrest Head, considered to be one of the must see viewpoints that the Lake District has to offer.
Other walks will take you to LoughriggTarn, Tarn Hows, Brant Fell, School Knott, Biskey Howe, gentle waterfalls at Millerground and Sherrifs Walk and the Lake Shore, all about 30 minutes from our front door.
For a more relaxed view of the surrounding countryside amble down to Bowness and catch a cruise on one of the traditional lake steamers.
Or, we can arrange, for the local tour bus operators, to collect you at the door for one of their half or full day tours.
There is so much to do during your stay at Broadlands, ambling around the local villages, lake cruising or hire a boat, picnics in the wonderful countryside, conquering mountain peaks, museums, steam trains and Aquarium, afternoon tea and so much more.
We can give you advice on activities to do dependant on what you want to do from longer walks to shopping.
Apart from the beautiful and varied scenery which would take a lifetime to explore, there are plenty of other interesting things to do:
Mountain Goat a local based company in Windermere run some great tours and have a few to choose from, the most popular being The Ten Lakes which is a full day tour. The High Adventure is also a full day whereas Beatrix Potter Favourite Countryside is half a day.
So if you time is limited and you would like to see as much as possible with a experienced knowledgeable driver then have a look at Mountain goat.
Windermere Lake Cruises
Have the perfect day out with a Windermere Lake CruiseNo matter where you start your journey, be it Ambleside, Bowness, Brockhole or Lakeside Pier, youâ€™ll be treated to stunning views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands.Many of their cruises visit popular local attractions that are conveniently close to their piers. Choose a combined ticket to save money and enjoy a great day out.
Lakeland Motor Museum
The fascinating Lakeland Motor Museum nestles in the picturesque Leven Valley, at Backbarrow, close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere.A diverse and unique road transport collection of some 30,000 exhibits assembled over a period of almost 50 years is thoughtfully displayed alongside many non-motoring additions, in fully DDA compliant state-of-the-art premises with a beautiful riverside setting.A perfect, whatever the weather, all year venue certain to entertain and enthral all ages.
Aquarium of the Lakes
From mountain-top to Morecambe Bay the award-winning Aquarium of the Lakes takes you on an amazing voyage of discovery. More than 30 spectacular, naturally-themed habitats bring the natural history of the Lake District vividly to life. Enjoy close encounters with hundreds of amazing creatures including trout, eels, pike, perch, giant crabs, rays and many more. Come face to face with playful otters in their riverbank home, discover the mysterious life of a river after dark and take a closer look at Lakeland life in AquaQuest's educational activity centre. Then enjoy the ultimate underwater thrill as you stroll along a recreated section of Windermere's lake-bed surrounded by surrounded by gigantic carp and the amazing diving ducks.
World of Beatrix Potter - Bowness-on-Windermere
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction can be found in Windermere. The attraction as won a number of awards and is One of the Top Ten most Popular Visitor Centres and the centre is a place for all the family young and old. Within the centre you will discover Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and all their friends in a magical indoor recreation of Beatrix Potter classic tales, with the sights, sounds and also the smells of the countryside. You will be able to see Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in the Kitchen, go past Jeremy Fisher's Pond and even walk through Squirrel Nutkin's Old Oak Tree? Also at the centre you will be able to learn more about Beatrix Potter's life in the Hidden Beatrix Potter's presentation and video wall. Take a break in the Tailor of Gloucester Tea Rooms and then a visit to shop where you can browse and purchase top quality Beatrix Potter merchandise.
Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Full of her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale'.The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path to the front door and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books.Hill Top is a small house and a timed-ticket system is in operation to avoid overcrowding and to protect the interior. Hill Top can be very busy and visitors may sometimes have to wait to enter the house.
Windermere Steamboats Museum - Windermere
Windermere Steamboats & Museum is located on a former sand wharf site where, for many years, barges unloaded gravel dredged from the bed of the lake. When this operation ceased in 1975, the Windermere Nautical Trust acquired the use of the site and the Museum was built in 1976-77 with the help of The Maritime Trust and the English Tourist Board. For a great day out visit the Windermere Steamboats & Museum situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere. This Windermere attraction offers a unique and historic collection of Steam and Motor Boats. Steam Launch Trips, Shop and Refreshments. The Museum is open 10am to 5pm daily from mid-March to the first week in November
Windermere Golf Club
Windermere Golf Club is situated in the heart of the English Lake District. It has spectacular views over Windermere and the surrounding fells;the scenery is breathtaking. We are sure youâ€™ll agree that the outlook exceeds that from any golf course in the UK. Windermere Golf Club has been referred to as a â€œminiature Gleneaglesâ€ by the golfing press. A truly friendly welcome always awaits you at Windermere Golf Club. So, whether you wish to play the course, soak up the friendly atmosphere in the bar or enjoy the stunning scenery whilst eating in the restaurant.
Stott Park Bobbin Mill - Newby Bridge
A working mill built in 1835, Stott Park created the wooden bobbins vital to the spinning and weaving industries of Lancashire. Typical of mills across Cumbria, today you can see industry from a bygone age and watch as bobbins are made using the mill's original machinery. Although Stott Park worked continuously until 1971, it remains almost identical to its Victorian appearance of 100 years ago. With its Victorian machinery originally powered by a waterwheel and steam engine, Stott Park used birch, ash and sycamore to make wooden tool handles as well as bobbins. The mass of belts which fill the building still drive the cutting, boring and finishing machines than turn long thin poles into bobbins. You can watch a bobbin being made, and take it home as a souvenir.
Fell Foot Park - Ulverston
Fell Foot Park is situated on the south shores of Lake Windermere just of the A592 and in the care of The National Trust. The Victorian park is open daily with its eighteen  acre grounds that have been restored to its former glory to which you will see in spring and early summer displays of daffodils and rhododendrons. The park in winter is open with limited facilities see below. You can relax and have a picnic on the lawns next to the lake and watch the boats go by, or you could take a boat trip from the park across the lake to Lakeside and take a Lakes Windermere Cruise, even a trip on the The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway or visit to the Aquarium. If you wish you could hire a rowing boat on the lake, there is a children adventure playground, a shop in which you can purchase National Trust gifts with a tea room close by serving teas, coffee and light meals.