Skipton Castle, Windermere, Bowness and Lake Windermere

July 08, 2021

Heading north along A59 takes you to the ancient market town of Skipton.  There are markets in the town centre on most days.  There is an ancient castle which you can visit which featured in the Civil War. Well worth a visit. 

Photograph of Skipton Castle curtesy of Visit Harrogate, copyright Visit Harrogate - taken from their website:

( see their website for details regarding visiting Skipton and Skipton Castle. There is easy parking near to the castle.

Continuing north takes you to the famous Lake District -  and the Southern Lakes, approximately 1.5 hours from Harrogate. A really lovely day out. Lots to do.

Dogs are welcome on the Steamers and railway.  They are also welcome on the terrace at the Belsfield Laura Ashley Hotel.

For a relaxing view of the lake the steamers at Bowness run a regular service to all parts of Lake Windermere including Ambleside and Lakeside - they serve snacks on board. Taking a steamer is also a great way to take in the beauty of the lake.  It is possible to hire a small motor launch - not for the feint hearted as there is traffic on the lake!   

At Lakeside there is a steam train service to Haverthwaite and access to walks.   You will also find the Lakeside Aquarium and a cafe.

The Belsfield and Old England serve lunches, snacks and afternoon tea.  These hotels are famous and both overlook the lake.  

The town of Bowness is pretty with steep winding streets lined with shops and cafes leading up from the lake. Ambleside is smaller and also full of shops and tourists!  

Lakeside is a hamlet  with links to the Steamers and steam train and has an Aquarium. There are combined tickets for all these attractions. Be sure to leave sufficient time.  There is a decent cafe at the station.  The nearby hotel was refusing to serve anyone who was not a resident when we visited last summer.

There’s just so much to see and do! I am sure to have missed out 50% be sure to tell us what you discover!