Welcome to Windermere
Crowned as the largest lake in the United Kingdom, Windermere is a ribbon lake that sits in the Lake District National Park and is the main reason for the name of this part of the country. There's plenty to do when camping in Windermere - enjoy a relaxing cruise along the length of the lake and see the sights from a whole new perspective or take a trip to Brockhole Visitor Centre to see the gardens and views down to the lake.
Explore the quaint villages of Windermere or Bowness-on-Windermere where you can enjoy a bit of retail therapy, or take the chance to visit The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.
Why you should stay at a YHA campsite in Windermere
- Walking distance to Lake Windermere
- Close to villages for shopping and entertainment
- Large grass and woodland for family activities
- Idyllic countryside setting
YHA hostels with camping in Windermere
Overlooking the UK's largest natural lake, YHA Windermere offers some of the best views right from your tent. With very little light pollution around this location, you can pitch up and enjoy a long night of stargazing. Rest well and wake up in the morning to a full spread of hot and cold buffet breakfast options, perfect for filling you up ready for the day's adventure. Campers can make the most of the hostel amenities with 24-hour key code access to the main building.
Once you're raring to go, head out and enjoy the landscape along the lake either by land or by water. Stop off at the local villages for entertainment options, including a detailed history into the world of Beatrix Potter, or simply for some retail therapy to round off your day.
Things to do in Windermere
Windermere Lake Cruises
Enjoy a slower pace on the waters of Lake Windermere with the unique Windermere Lake Cruises. Enjoy the views from the water and take the opportunity to visit some of the more secluded and otherwise hard to reach areas of the lake.
Get the opportunity to visit some of the wooded islands on the cruises that are inaccessible by any other means.
Explore and discover some of the amazing creatures that are usually hidden away in the waters of our world. Enter the underwater tunnel and see the fish close up, or see the ducks bobbing underneath the water. Take a trip out to the seashore and be mesmerised by the coral shore tanks and the creatures right on our shoreline.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Take a trip into the mind of Beatrix Potter, relive some of her best stories and see the characters up close with stunning animatronics. Treat yourself with a hot drink and a cake at the cafe and stop by the gift shop.
Brockhole Visitor's Centre
Brockhole is the Lake District National Park Authority Visitor Centre. Set in 30 acres of magnificent terraced gardens and grounds stretching down to the shore of Windermere lake, Brockhole Visitor's Centre is a must if you're visiting Windermere.