The Lake District - a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ill Bell and Froswick Range from Wansfell
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A Wonderful Part of the Lake District To Explore

Oakbank House B&B is well located for exploring the Lake District National Park, which was granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017 in recognition of the outstanding beauty of the landscape.

Oakbank House has easy access to the Lakeland Fells in all directions and Lake Windermere is on your doorstep - almost!

It's a fantastic area for fell walking, cycling and watersports. Enjoy!

We are also a short stroll from the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere with it's great shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants.

Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere can be seen from some of our rooms - boat hire, windsurfing, sailing, rowing boats, powered boats and Windermere Lake Cruises are available.

We're also close to the car and pedestrian ferry across the lake to Near Sawray and Far Sawray for Beatrix Potter attractions as well as the picturesque village of Hawkshead.

It's also perfect for walking along the western shore of Windermere including Claife Heights for stunning views of the lake.


Boats on Lake Windermere nr Ambleside

We're a short drive from Ambleside - visit the famous Bridge House and Stagshaw Gardens.

Lake Cruises on Windermere are available from here too.

Many great walks fell start from Ambleside including the Fairfield Horseshoe and Wansfell (for stunning views of Windermere).

And some great outdoor shops, pubs and restaurants.

Kirkstone Pass & Ullswater

Ullswater Steamers

For an exciting drive out, follow the A592 over Kirkstone Pass (1489 feet) to Brotherswater and Ullswater (famous for its Ullswater Steamers). Stunning views, a challenging road and a pub for lunch at the top (Kirkstone Pass Inn). Or stop and take to the fells.

Aira Force, a magnificant waterfall, just off the edge of Ullswater is well worth a visit and is managed by the National Trust. If you are feeling more energetic, the circular walk up Gowbarrow is a poular one for stunning views of Ullswater.

You've also got the magnificant Helvellyn and Striding Edge in the same area.

Grasmere & Rydal Water

Grasmere Gingerbread

Grasmere and Rydal Water are a short drive north - take an easy stoll around the two picturesque lakes or and visit the famous Gingerbread Shop in Grasmere Village.

Lots of great local shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants too.

There are also some popular smaller fell walks such as the famous "Lion & the Lamb" (Helm Crag) and Silver How, both accessible from Grasmere for stunning views.

Fell Walking in Langdale

Crinkle Crags from Great Langdale

The stunning valley of Langdale - a very popular area with walkers and climbers alike on the famous Langdale Pikes. The quintessential Lakeland view.

Easy walks along the valley floor and Blea Tarn or for the more adventurous, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark via Stickle Tarn.

It's also a great place for cycling and mountain biking. A couple of great traditional Lakeland pubs to sample too.


Hoad Monument - Ulverston

The Lakeland Motor Museum at Backbarrow near Ulverston - has a unique collection of 30000 exhibits, including 140 classic cars and motorbikes, all carefully assembled over 50 years. Something for everyone including bicycles, toy cars, and local history and more.

The Hoad is a 100ft scale replica of the Eddystone lighthouse erected to commemorate Sir John Barrow, a founder member of the Royal Geographic Society, who was born in Ulverston. A recent restoration has restored this Grade II listed building back to its former glory.

Relax & Enjoy Your Stay

Fell Walking in the Lake District

We aim to make you feel welcome and relaxed throughout your stay and our attention to detail and friendly hospitality will make you want to return time and again in the future.

So relax, enjoy your stay and make the most of this wonderful area in the Lake District National Park - now a World Heritage Site!