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If you are planning a visit to the Lake District, make sure you enjoy the attractions of Windermere.
Known for its natural beauty, its stunning scenery and its incredible lake, Windermere is a king among Lake District destinations.

Majestic mountain backdrops and rolling hills provide perfect terrain for walkers, hikers and ramblers who come to enjoy this special part of the Lake District.

Whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors, sail across the lake on a Windermere cruise or chill out in your own spa room with hot tub, you will find plenty of things to do.

Not only does Windermere offer a wide choice of outdoor activities, but you can also drink you way around the real ale pubs, eat your way around the bistros, gastro bars and cafes and soak away your troubles in a spa hotel.

Some hotels in Windermere offer hot tub suites with mood lighting, separate cinema rooms, separate spa rooms and four poster beds – perfect for a romantic weekend or a midweek break. If you are celebrating a special occasion in Windermere, such as a birthday or wedding, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury accommodation near the lake.

The Lakes Aquarium is a popular attraction for all ages. Situated on the southern shore of Windermere, the award-winning Lakes Aquarium is popular with visitors of all ages, and you can enjoy a re-created trip below Windermere, the Seashore Discovery Zone, the Virtual Dive Bell, the Over Lake Tank and much more.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, is a great place to visit for all the family. With interactive exhibitions, an adventure playground, a café, shop and information centre, plus direct access to the lake from the gardens, this is a great day out for all the family. It is well worth visiting Brockhole just to enjoy the stunning gardens, and the views down to Windermere.

Book yourself onto a steamer from Bowness Bay, which run all year round. You can either cruise directly across the river, or stop off at some of the attractions between Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside. Enjoy a relaxing sail across Windermere, or buy an all-day ticket which will allow you to hop on and off the boat where you choose. Many trippers take a picnic, and combine a boat trip with a stroll around the shore of England´s biggest lake.

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House is one of the major attractions near Windermere. Visitors can enjoy stunning views over the lake from the gardens, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere in the house itself, which was built between 1898 and 1900, and designed by M H Baillie Scott. Blackwell was originally built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, owner of the Manchester Brewery.

Original features ensure Blackwell retains much of its original charm. Several rooms are used as galleries, and the gardens offer a picturesque terrace bordered by flowers where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat and take in the incredible views.

Famous for its stunning scenery, its majestic mountains and dazzling lakes, Windermere and the Lake District attract over 16 million visitors each year.

Walkers, hikers and lovers of the countryside can choose from a wide range of pubs, cafés, bars and restaurants in and around the Lake District serving real ales and hearty Cumbrian cuisine.

Five dishes you can´t leave the Lake District without trying include:

Cumberland Sausage

Nobody knows why Cumberland Sausage is coiled instead of in the traditional links, but it is linked (excuse the pun) to the times when German miners were in Cumbria during the reign of Elizabeth I. The sausages were said to have been created to suit their taste and flavoured with spices imported into Cumberland via the major port of the time at Whitehaven.

Damson Gin

Anyone who is lucky enough to be in the Lake District in April should visit the nearby Lyth Valley where the white blossom of the damson trees is a stunning sight. Damsons are used in this part of the world to make jams and the famous local speciality, Damson gin. Most pubs sell the gin if you want to try a glass or two. The skins of the damsons are also used to dye textiles.

Kendal Mint Cake

Thought to have been invented by mistake, Kendal Mint Cake was created by Joseph Wiper who was trying to make a clear mint at the time. He ended up with a cloudy mint with a thicker consistency and the rest, as they say is history.

Mint cake is now produced as white or brown bars or chocolate coated and is carried by walkers to give an energy boost while walking the local fells. Sir Edmund Hilary ate the famous Kendal Mint cake on the summit of Everest in 1953.

Grasmere Gingerbread

Not only is Grasmere famous for William Wordsworth´s former house, Dove Cottage but this quaint village also boasts Sarah Nelson´s Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.

The shop was built in 1630 and is tucked away in the corner of the churchyard of St Oswald´s Church. Sarah Kemp was a local girl

who was born in Bowness in 1815. During her time in Service, Sarah excelled as a cook. When the local school house closed down in 1850 and the children were sent to a new school, Sarah took over the tenancy of the property and the Sarah Nelson Gingerbread Shop was born.

When Sarah died the recipe passed to her great niece, who sold it to Daisy Hotson, who later went into partnership with Jack and

Mary Wilson. In 1969 Margaret and Gerald Wilson, Jack’s nephew, bought the business. Over the years little has changed in this tiny shop – the school coat pegs are still in place, and so is the cupboard used to house the school slates. Sarah would still feel at home in her kitchen, her curtain rod rests above the churchyard window where William Wordsworth and his family lie buried, as well as the Nelson family.

Cumberland Lamb

Herdwick Sheep and lambs graze on the natural herbage of the region which gives their meat a distinct flavour. Cumberland tattie pot is a delicious recipe which includes swede and black pudding and layers of potatoes. Pickled red cabbage is often served as a side dish. A traditional sauce served with lamb or ham is Cumberland sauce made from the juices of oranges and lemons, added to redcurrant jelly, mustard, port and ginger.

The Lake District is heaven for foodies, and whether you enjoy cakes, pastries, traditional sausages and cheeses or some famous Grasmere Gingerbread, you will be spoilt for choice in Cumbria!

To celebrate the New Year, we have unveiled eight stunning new suites at our sister hotel, the Windermere Boutique Hotel.

If you are looking for somewhere special to celebrate a honeymoon, birthday or anniversary in the Lake District, why not book into a Windermere Spa Hotel?

The Windermere Boutique Hotel offers a vast range of luxurious facilities, including hot tub suites with cinema rooms, separate spa rooms, chromotherapy mood lighting, large LCD TV´s, steam rooms, whirlpool baths, heated relaxation chairs and much more.

The Lake District is a perfect destination to celebrate a special occasion, and the romantic suites at the Windemere Boutique Hotel, offer every luxury.

Windermere is also a great base if you want to explore more of the Lake District, or explore local attractions, including Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, the Lakes Aquarium and Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House.

The great thing about spa hotels in the Lake District is that they offer stunning accommodation, and luxurious facilities including outside patios and seating areas with hammocks, log fires and plenty of romantic extras.

If you are thinking of a midweek break in Windermere before the end of March, why not book a free Love Package at the Windermere Boutique Hotel which includes a bottle of Chilled House Champagne in your room on arrival, a Heart Shaped Box of Handmade Chocolates, Scattered Rose Petals on the bed & a Single Wrapped Red Rose.

With dramatic scenery, open countryside and of course the Lakes, Cumbria offers a vast range of natural attractions. Popular outdoor pursuits include walking, hiking, cycling and climbing. If you are feeling less energetic, take a boat trip with Windermere Lake Cruises from Bowness Bay.

Bowness and Windermere also boast some of the best restaurants, bars and cafés in the Lake District, and whether you are looking for a quick snack, a gourmet dinner or a cream tea, you will find plenty of choice in Windermere.

Many of the pubs stock real ales and some even have their own breweries.

Windermere spa hotels provide perfect accommodation for couples and groups of friends who want to enjoy a tranquil location, surrounded by beautiful countryside, and also benefit from the facilities of a luxury hotel with spa baths, relaxation rooms, hot tubs and sumptuous king sized beds.

There is no better way to explore Windermere and its surrounding countryside than on foot. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, enjoy stunning views over the lakes and fells and make the most of England´s most famous National Park.

The area around the town of Windermere has been popular since trains first started arriving in the Victorian times, and similar to many seaside towns the area was developed for tourism after this. Bowness was also developed to attract tourists to the lake, and today offers a vast range of things to see and do.

Over 16 million people now visit the Lake District each year, and whether you are planning a honeymoon, a short break, a wedding, a birthday celebration or a chilled out weekend away, you won´t be disappointed in Windermere!

If you are looking for a ´wow factor´ spa suite in Windermere with separate spa room, cinema room and a personal hot tub, look no further than the Windermere Boutique Hotel.

With eight luxurious new suites, the Windermere Boutique Hotel provides luxury accommodation which is perfect for a romantic weekend or a midweek break in the Lake District National Park.

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and a stone´s throw from the largest lake in England, the hotel offers guests full spa facilities and luxury bathrooms which include whirlpool baths, mood lighting, LCD TVs and many extras. Most rooms have hot tubs and all have beautiful décor and king sized beds.

The Ti Amo Suite and the Rosa Suite include cinema rooms with surround sound stereo systems, DVD players, comfortable armchairs with footstools and a very large flat screen TV.

Imagine a long day out hiking or walking on the Lake District fells followed by a long soak in your very own hot tub before watching a top movie in the cinema room. Heaven!

Rooms with separate spa rooms include the Sweetheart, the Rosa and the Honey Suites which boast facilities including: whirlpool baths, chromotherapy mood lighting, heated spa relaxation chairs, steam rooms, indoor hot tubs and flat screen TVs.

Sightseeing is a must in the Lakes, and Cumbria has more than its fair share of historical landmarks.

Besides historic sightseeing destinations, visitors can check out some great museums, including the Windermere Steamboat Museum. A Windermere Lakes Cruise also comes highly recommended, and you can hop on and off at places of interest.

The boat service from Bowness Bay also heads down to the Lake’s southern end at Lakeside where you can visit the Aquarium of the Lakes – busy at holiday periods but worth the visit – go midweek if you can! North of Ambleside you will come to Rydal then Grasmere where Dove Cottage – once the home of William Wordsworth – is to be found. Following the main A591 north from Windermere you will come to Ambleside, another popular destination situated at the northern end of Lake Windermere.

Visitors can enjoy a thrilling range of outdoor activities, including kayaking, sailing, canoeing, wind surfing and underwater diving. Visitors can also enjoy hill walking, mountain biking and horse riding.

If you prefer to chill out in your suite, you will find plenty of things to keep you entertained at the Windermere Boutique Hotel. Relax in your very own hot tub, watch a movie, pamper yourself in the spa rooms or even book a beauty treatment at our sister hotel, the Aphrodite´s Lodge if you want to venture out.

Whether you plan to stay a few nights, a week or longer, the Windermere Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to stay if you want to ´get away from it all´, celebrate a special occasion or simply recharge your batteries in one of England´s most beautiful regions.

If you are looking for a stunning, romantic suite in Windermere with a cinema room, luxurious bathroom and hot tub, check our amazing new facilities.

Plush state-of-the art cinema rooms have been added to two of our beautiful new romantic suites, which are unique in Windermere.

The Ti Amo Suite boasts an ornate hand-carved four poster bed, oak furniture, a wide screen TV with virtual surround sound, a flame effect fire and a DVD Player plus an incredible cinema room and outdoor hot tub.

The cinema room within the suite comprises a large flat screen TV, a surround sound stereo system, a DVD Player, Comfortable Armchairs with Footstools and a Patio door leading to the outdoor seating area.

The patio area boasts a hot tub with table and chairs and a swing!

The spa room has a large circular spa bath, a TV, water feature, colour fibre optic lighting and a glass door leading to the steam room and heated relaxation chairs. Coloured lighting, a separate shower room and Molton/Brown toiletries are also included.

The new luxury Rosa Room also boasts a cinema room with large flat screen TV, surround sound stereo system and comfortable armchairs with footstools.

With an indoor hot tub, steam room, heated relaxation chairs and water feature, this is the perfect room for a romantic weekend or midweek break.

Fibre optic lights and a luxury Villeroy and Boch bathroom add to this stunning suite.

All guests have free use of spa facilities at our sister hotel, the Aphrodite´s (Approximately a five minute drive away from the Windermere Boutique Hotel). Beauty Treatments are also available at the Aphrodite´s Hotel and parking is free.

Imagine a few nights in a luxury hot tub suite with cinema room, spa facilities and mood lighting.

If you can manage to drag yourself out of your room, the Aphrodite´s Hotel enjoys a perfect, tranquil location within walking distance of the lake, with many attractions nearby.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, is a great place to visit for all the family. With interactive exhibitions, an adventure playground, a café, shop and information centre, plus direct access to the lake from the gardens, this is a great day out for all the family. It is well worth visiting Brockhole just to enjoy the stunning gardens, and the views down to Windermere.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Book yourself onto a steamer with Windermere Lake Cruises at Bowness Bay, which run all year round. You can either cruise directly across the river, or stop off at some of the attractions between Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside. Enjoy a relaxing sail across Windermere, or buy an all-day ticket which will allow you to hop on and off the boat where you choose. Many trippers take a picnic, and combine a boat trip with a stroll around the shore of England´s biggest lake.

Now attracting an average of 16 million visitors a year Windermere was originally known as Birthwaite and was a virtually unknown village in Cumbria until the railway link from Kendal was completed in 1847.

It was then decided that the name ´Birthwaite´ would be confusing for people wanting to visit Lake Windermere, and in 1859 the name of the village was also changed to Windermere.

The railway terminated in Windermere, to avoid the steep hill leading to the lake shore at Bowness and was a major factor in early tourism to the Lakes. Most visitors in the early days arrived from Yorkshire and Lancashire and it was reported that over 125,000 people visited Windermere in the first year of the railway being open.

Horse-drawn carriages ferried people from the railway station to the Lake, and local hotels arranged excursions around Windermere and Bowness.

Bowness-on-Windermere, before the introduction of the railway was a fishing village and the vast majority of residents earned a living from fishing or agriculture. Other commercial opportunities arose when Victorian visitors began flocking to the lake to enjoy the ´benefits of the country air´ and several hotels and boarding houses sprang up around the lake.

The lake was used to transport stone, charcoal and minerals since the 15th Century when a ferry service operated across the narrowest point, between Bowness and Ferry House. Large rowing boats ferried people, animals and goods across the lake.

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway was linked to ferry services from Lakeside in 1869, which turned Bowness into a popular and fashionable destination for day trips.

Many rich businessmen from Lancashire and Yorkshire bought large country mansions on the Lakeside in the 19th Century – many of which are still standing today. The homes were bought at holiday retreats or as commuter homes, such as Belsfield, which was purchased by Henry Schneider in 1869 and was one of the first Windermere homes to have a jetty at the bottom of the garden. Schneider was an iron magnate who arrived in Barrow-on-Furness in 1839 and would sail to Lakeside in his steamboat, Esperance.

Another famous residence was Storr´s Hall, which was bought by John Bolton in 1804. Bolton was born in Ulverston in 1756, and was one of the wealthiest men in Cumbria. He extended the mansion and created a park. John Bolton was a Cumbrian who made a fortune as a Liverpool slave trader. He bought Storrs Hall with some of the proceeds and used the residence to entertain in style, holding regattas on the lake which were attended by Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott among others.

Brockhole, which is now the National Park Visitor Centre (since 1969) was built in the late 1880´s by Henry Gaddum a silk merchant from Manchester, and became a convalescent home after he sold it.

Three of the original four Windermere Lake Steamers still survive, and include the MV Tern of 1891, the MV Teal of 1936 and the MV Swan of 1938. The MV Swift was of 1900 was broken up at Lakeside in 1998, and although the boats are still described as steamers, they are now motor vessels which converted to diesel in the 1950´s.

Fourteen islands are dotted around the lake and Belle Isle is the largest. Formerly known as Longholme, Belle Isle was the seat of the Lord of the Manor during the civil war in 1250. In 1774 the wealthy Curwen family named the island after their daughter Isabella, and they built a circular house on the Island.

If you want to enjoy uncrowded attractions, stunning landscapes and luxurious five-star hot tub suites with separate spa bathrooms, cinema rooms and fabulous facilities, consider a mid-winter break at the Windermere Boutique Hotel.

We offer eight new spacious suites, including the Love Snug Suite, the Tivoli Suite, the Sugar Suite, the Ti Amo Suite, the Honey Suite, the Je t´Adore Suite, the Rosa Suite and the Sweetheart Suite, with amazing facilities, including hot tubs.

Whatever the weather is doing outside, the Windermere Boutique Hotel offers you a stunning stay, and whether you want to brave the fells, take a boat trip across Windermere or stay in your suite, you will not be disappointed. Our sister hotel, the Aphrodite´s Lodge, is just a two minute drive away and you can also take advantage of their incredible spa facilities free of charge. Beauty treatments are also offered at extra cost.

The Lake District is also home to award-winning attractions and some of the best indoor attractions include: the Puzzling Place at Keswick, Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House at Bowness, the Lakes Aquarium, Bowness and Dove Cottage, former home of William Wordsworth at Grasmere.

With a wealth of open spaces and outdoor activities to choose from, including hiking over the Lake District Fells, climbing, mountain biking and walking, Cumbria offers beautiful open countryside, golf courses, pubs with roaring fires and real ale and some of the best restaurants in the north-west of England.

The Windermere Boutique Hotel was originally owned by an Edwardian gentleman, and many period features remain throughout the building. These combined with contemporary fixtures and fittings, state of the art technology, hot tubs, steam rooms, cinema rooms and separate spa bathrooms in the suites make this one of the most stunning hotels in Windermere.

Within walking distance of the lake and within easy reach of attractions, the hotel attracts visitors from all over the world. With links to famous authors and writers, including former residents, Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, the Lakes offers a wealth of things to see and do.

Most attractions are open throughout winter and February and March are a perfect time to visit if you want to avoid the school holiday queues.

If you want to explore Windermere, book a trip or guided tour with the Mountain Goat Tours and discover some of the most spectacular regions of the Lakes.

Our luxury suites in Windermere are the perfect haven to spend a honeymoon, a romantic weekend away or to celebrate a special occasion in one of the most beautiful parts of England. Many of our rooms have outside patios and garden areas and most have luxurious hot tubs, sumptuous king size beds and large LCD TV´s. Beautifully appointed, all of our rooms offer elegant décor, spacious interiors and luxury Villeroy and Boch bathrooms.

If you are planning a winter break in Windermere, treat yourself to some pampering beauty treatments during your stay and return home relaxed, rejuvenated with batteries charged.

Thousands of outdoor swim enthusiasts will once again flock to Windermere in June to take part in the Great North Swim, 2015.

The event, due to be held from 12-14 June at Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina, Lake Windermere, regularly attracts over 10,000 swimmers who take part over 2 mile, one mile and half mile courses.

Windermere, which was colder than the English Channel when I took part in 2011, is England´s longest lake at 10.5 miles, and can get pretty choppy away from the shore.

Participants can reach the site via Windermere Lake Cruises from Bowness Bay, as due to the crowds, dropping off at the site is not allowed.

The Great North Swim is the biggest outdoor swim event in the UK, and attracts professional and amateur swim enthusiasts. A wave of 300 people set off every 30 minutes, and whether you are planning to crawl your way into the record books or take your time and enjoy the stunning scenery, this is a perfect location.

Wet suits are obligatory

If you are planning to take part in this year´s Great North Swim, why not make a weekend of it and take your time to explore the land that has inspired world-renowned writers and poets, including Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth?

Windermere is a perfect base for exploring the Lakes, and you can choose from luxury romantic hotels with hot tub suites, boutique hotels and guest houses.

The stunning Lake District scenery attracts visitors from all over the world. Scafell Pike is England´s highest mountain, Wastwater is the deepest lake and Hardknott Pass is the steepest road. World class outdoor activities and beautiful Windermere hotels with hot tubs combine to make this a perfect location for a long weekend.

The one mile swim is suitable for swimmers of all abilities and the entry price is £40. The half mile swim is £35 per entry and is suitable for under 16s, although entrants must be 12 years and above.

A two mile swim and a 5K swim are suitable for more experienced open water swimmers who want a more testing challenge.

If you plan to spend a long weekend in the Lake District, recommended places to visit include:

Rydal Mount and Gardens, Ambleside. This was Wordsworth´s best loved home for 37 years, and where he wrote some of his most famous poems. This stunning house boasts large, terraced gardens landscaped by the poet, and magnificent views of Lake Windermere and Rydal Water.

Water sports fans should take a trip to Derwent Water Marina in Keswick where they can make the most of sailing, canoeing, kayaking and boat hire.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, offers a vast range of things to see and do for all ages, including beautiful gardens, a Treetop Trek, children´s attractions, water sports, mini golf and various exhibitions.

Whether you are visiting Windermere for a day to take part in the Great North Swim or if you plan to stay longer, you will plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area.

The Windermere Boutique Hotel offers stunning hot tub suites, including the new Sweetheart Suite, the Bella Suite, the Je T´Adore Suite, the Ti Amo Suite and the Honey Suite.

Within walking distance of the lake, the Windermere Boutique Hotel boasts period features combined with modern facilities, four poster beds, mood lighting, luxury bathrooms with whirlpool baths and the latest technology.

Our hotel is perfect for a romantic weekend or a midweek break and is close to all the attractions of Windermere and Bowness Bay.

Windermere Attractions

If you are planning a trip to Windermere in England´s Lake District you can enjoy a wide choice of attractions to suit all tastes and budgets.

Not only is this one of the most idyllic places in England, but Windermere also boasts some of the best events and attractions in the country. Whether you want to enjoy the scenery, get active on the lake or chill out in style at a luxury spa hotel, you will not be disappointed.

Some of the top Windermere Attractions include:

The Lakes Aquarium

The Lakes Aquarium is a popular attraction for all ages. Situated on the southern shore of Windermere, the award-winning Lakes Aquarium is popular with visitors of all ages, and you can enjoy a re-created trip below Windermere, the Seashore Discovery Zone, the Virtual Dive Bell, the Over Lake Tank and much more.

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre

Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, is a great place to visit for all the family. With interactive exhibitions, an adventure playground, a café, shop and information centre, plus direct access to the lake from the gardens, this is a great day out for all the family. It is well worth visiting Brockhole just to enjoy the stunning gardens, and the views down to Windermere.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Book yourself onto a steamer with Windermere Lake Cruises at Bowness Bay, which run all year round. You can either cruise directly across the river, or stop off at some of the attractions between Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside. Enjoy a relaxing sail across Windermere, or buy an all-day ticket which will allow you to hop on and off the boat where you choose. Many trippers take a picnic, and combine a boat trip with a stroll around the shore of England´s biggest lake.

Blackwell, the Arts and Craft House

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House is one of the major attractions near Windermere. Visitors can enjoy stunning views over the lake from the gardens, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere in the house itself, which was built between 1898 and 1900, and designed by M H Baillie Scott. Blackwell was originally built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, owner of the Manchester Brewery. Original features ensure Blackwell retains much of its original charm. Several rooms are used as galleries, and the gardens offer a picturesque terrace bordered by flowers where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat and take in the incredible views.

The Parish Church of St Martins

St Martin´s Church at Bowness-on-Windermere is a Grade 1 listed building which attracts visitors from far and wide. With stained glass windows described as ´the finest collection of medieval glass in the North-west of England´ by an expert, the church also has a decorative theme inspired by Henry Hughe´s restoration in 1870. The churchyard is always open to visitors and includes the listed gravestone of Rasselas Belfield (at the east end of the church) which is one of English Heritage’s Sites of Memory. A tombstone at the West end of the church commemorates the life of John Bolton, the former owner of Storrs Hall and a benefactor of the church.

Orrest Head

This short but fairly steep walk is one of the most popular in Windermere. The 20 minute trek is definitely worth it for the stunning views over Windermere from the top. If you are lucky enough to be in Windermere on a sunny day, enjoy the sun set view from Orrest Head over the lake.

Mountain Goat Day Tours

If you are only in the Lake District for a limited time book a Mountain Goat Day Tour and make the most of your time in this beautiful region. There are several tours to choose from, including: Scenic tours, Beatrix Potter tours and a southern Lakes tour. The company has over 40 years´ experience of touring the Lake District, and you can explore some of the most stunning regions while someone else does the driving.

Whatever time of year you decide to visit Windermere, you will find plenty of things to see and do. In addition to the stunning scenery, there are some fabulous pubs, bars, restaurants, walks, climbs and hikes close to the Windermere Boutique Hotel.

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