How to get here

By train

Kendal train station is 8 miles away from Windermere. The West Coast Main Line connects with the Oxenholme to Windermere line, which has regular services throughout the year. There are bus connections from Windermere Station to all locations in the valley. For more information go to Transport Direct

By road

Junction 36 on M6. The A591 is the busiest tourist driving route right though the heart of the Lake District, where you can access St Catherine's, Stagshaw and Skelghyll Woods, Bridge House and Millerground. The A592 takes you to Cockshott Point just off The Glebe at Bowness Bay.

Parking: limited, at Stagshaw Gardens

By foot

A public footpath connects Windermere train station with various routes through the St Catherine's estate up to Orrest Head Viewpoint, where you will find amazing vistas of Windermere Lake and the mountains beyond, all within a 1-2 mile walk. You can also access a short footpath just off the A591 down to Millerground on the shore of Windermere Lake.

By ferry

In the main tourist season, regular boat trips leave Bowness Pier Waterhead jetties, where Stagshaw and Ambleside Roman Fort are within easy walking distance. For Bridge House catch the Bowness to Waterhead boat, then walk 1 mile to the house. For more information go to Windermere Lake Cruises

By bus

Regular Stagecoach bus connections from Windermere Station to locations throughout the valley. 555 or 599 to Waterhead, followed by a very short walk along footpaths to Ambleside Roman Fort or Stagshaw. For Bridge House alight at Ambleside bus station. 555 or 599 to Troutbeck Bridge, followed by a 1½ mile walk up a minor road to Townend or a ¾ mile walk up a minor road to St Catherine's estate. 599 or 618 to Bowness Pier, followed by a short walk along the Glebe to Cockshott Point. For more information go to Transport Direct

By cycle

The Sustrans National Cycle Network has a proposed route from Windermere Station along the A591 to Ambleside. A cycle lane runs along this section to Stagshaw, Bridge House and Ambleside Roman Fort, but please be aware that some sections run along the main road. For more information go to Sustrans

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