Accessible trails in Windermere


Holidays in the Lake District are all about enjoying the great outdoors. If you have limited mobility, use a wheelchair or carry youngsters in a pushchair, it can be challenging knowing which paths are easily accessible, without having to traverse stiles, steps or uneven ground. With a bit of forward planning, however, you can enjoy more »

Fun and fitness in the Lake District for 2015!

Cycle and walks in the lake district

As we begin a new year, thoughts turn to health and fitness for the months ahead. Whatever your fitness goals, training, workouts and leisure activities are greatly enhanced by spectacular surroundings. That’s where the Lake District comes in: the beautiful Lake Windermere provides a stunning backdrop to outdoor pursuits. Whether you are a walker, runner more »

A591 Windermere road improvements

A591 Windermere road

In order to get to the Hawksmoor Lakeland Guest House, many people drive along the A591. This major road into Windermere is now set for an upgrade, with more than £2 million set aside. Through early December, drop-in sessions were held so that members of the public could have their say and be involved in more »

The Best Daytime Stop-offs in Windermere


There are so many things to love about staying at Hawksmoor Guest House – our luxurious rooms, accommodating staff, and of course the free spa facilities! But for us it’s our wonderful location that we can’t get enough of, and Windermere offers a wealth of fabulous places to explore during your stay with us. We’ve more »

Are you a hiker, a rambler or an ambler?


Whichever description best suits your walking preference, the area around Windermere has plenty of routes. As the largest and most visited National Park in England and Wales, the Lake District’s stunning scenery provides a wonderful backdrop to walking, whatever the pace and distance! For a short walk you could stroll up to Orrest Head from more »

The Best Lake District Cycle Trails

Easy Mountain Bike Trail by Lake Windermere

The stunning hills and fells surrounding Windermere are ideal for cyclists of all ages and ability. The Grizedale Forrest Park, just across Lake Windermere, is home to a number of popular cycling trials. Silurian Way Silurian Way is the longest of the Grizedale Forrest trails at 14 miles. Cyclists are able to take in many more »

Beautiful Bowness-on-Windermere


A beautiful, scenic town on the very coast of Lake Windermere, Bowness provides a vast wealth of attractions to suit all personalities and weathers. Situated just a brief cycle ride south of Hawksmoor Lakeland Guest House, Bowness will easily become the centre of your Lake District holiday. Savour the sights at the lake Bowness and more »

Visit The World of Beatrix Potter

World of Beatrix Potter

Less than a mile down the road from the Hawksmoor B&B in Windermere, you’ll find The World of Beatrix Potter. This popular attraction is just a ten minute walk from our door, and we thoroughly recommend a visit, especially for families with younger children. However, it’s not just for children, and anyone who has fond more »

The Windermere to Townend Walk

Troutbeck Valley

A moderately challenging walk, recommended by the National Trust, the trek from Windermere to the Townend 17th Century farmhouse in Troutbeck, will take you through an outstandingly picturesque countryside route that offers stunning views of the Troutbeck Valley on the return to Windermere. With an optional longer route back to Windermere from Townend this is more »

Lake District Brewery & Beer Tours

Lake District Brewery Tours

The Lake District is famous for many reasons. Outstanding natural beauty, unspoilt dramatic scenery, superb hiking & cycling routes and perhaps one other thing… Beer. For the ale enthusiast, the Lakes is certainly something of a treasure trove, bursting at the seams with excellent traditional pubs serving beer produced by the region’s many celebrated breweries. more »

Local sourcing and how taste matters

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Since taking over the Hawksmoor in 2007 Philippa and I knew we wanted to make it the best B&B in Windermere. As always all great works start with a plan, so besides the obvious work that needed doing on the rooms and facilities that we offered, Philippa and I wanted to create a brand that more »

How Clean is your Hotel Room?


Have you ever wondered just how clean your hotel room is? Hotel rooms are public places, and you are sharing them with other people (albeit not at the same time). Trevor from the Hawksmoor Guest House Windermere, who has over 10 years experience in the industry, gives you some tips on how to check how more »

Hawksmoor Guest House Getting Gold

Hawksmoor Guest House in Windermere is currently celebrating winning the Enjoy England Gold Award and Breakfast Award yet again! Since buying the Hawksmoor in September 2007, Trevor and Philippa Francis have extensively refurbished and extended the Windermere Guest House, car park and gardens to include 12 fully en-suite, self appointed guest bedrooms, including luxury double more »