Things to do

Windermere is not only a superb holiday destination with something for everyone but is also an ideal place to break the journey for those travelling from or to Scotland. Although the Lake District is a relatively small area of England its special advantage for visitors is its close proximity to the M6 motorway and the convenient rail and bus connections. There are many attractions and opportunities for walking, cycling, sailing and general sightseeing. Just a short walk from the Brendan Chase and visitors are in splendid countryside on their way to an unforgettable day on the fells.

Whether you are travelling by car or public transport or on foot you will not find a better location from which to start your exploration of the Lake District than Brendan Chase. The town grew following the arrival of the railway in 1848 and its centre boasts many fine building from the second half of Queen Victoria’s reign.

Sporting events in 2015:

Cycling 4th May 2015.

St Bees 50. 11,25 and 50 miles.

Cycling 10th May Grasmere.

Fred Whitton Challenge 112 miles Swimming 12th-14th June

Great North Swim on lake Windermere in aid of Macmillan Cancer


At Ravenglass there are the remains of an important Roman bath house one of the largest surviving structures of its kind in northern England..Ravenglass was an important Roman port during the occupation.On the Hardknott Pass some eight miles distant are the remains of a Roman fort built in the second century AD..The views from the fort are spectacular with Scafell Pike the highest peak in England and the sea at Ravenglass clearly visible.

Lake Windermere at Bowness, a busy and somewhat “touristy” place in contrast with the more sedate Windermere, is less than a mile distant and can be reached by a pleasant 20 minute walk or by taking one of the frequent buses that pass close to the house. Those arriving by train or bus should not feel disadvantaged or restricted by their lack of a car as the local bus services around the Lake District are frequent, inexpensive and reach all of the towns, villages and places of interest. We not only provide guests with bus timetables but can arrange hire cars and organise escorted tours using local companies. We always advise our guests to discuss their sightseeing plans with us on arrival so that they can see as much of the area as possible.

We always recommend visitors to walk to Orrest Head viewpoint which was made famous by Alfred Wainwright in his book “The Outlying Fells of Lakeland". The walk takes about an hour and rewards with uninterrupted views of Lake Windermere, the highest hills in England to the west, the Pennine chain to the east and a glimpse of the treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay and the sea to the south.

Popular attractions such as Hilltop and Grasmere that gave inspiration to Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth are close at hand and can be easily reached by car or public transport from Brendan Chase.