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Glamping in Windermere, England

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Glamping in Windermere 

If you want an outdoorsy break in the gorgeous Lake District but you’re not quite ready to part with the little luxuries, it’s time to consider a Windermere glamping break. 

Glamping sites around Windermere are a great way to experience the lake's sailing, watersports, literary attractions, waterfalls and hikes without compromising on the comfort level.

Memorable activities here may mean alfresco dinners on the porch next to your shepherd’s hut or watching the sun set over the lake from the entrance of a bell tent. Whatever vision you have in mind, keep scrolling to see where you should stay and what you can do around Windermere for a fabulous glamping break.

Where you should stay in Windermere

  • There are plenty of spots along the lake shore that are suitable for those seeking dog-friendly glamping sites in Windermere, but a particularly great spot is Ambleside, which has easy access to trails at Orrest Head, Stock Ghyll Force and Wray Castle. If you don’t want to share your bed with a muddy canine after your exploration is over, look for glamping accommodation such as shepherd’s huts that have raised beds they can’t clamber over. It’s easy to wipe down paws before they come through the door.

  • Couples dreaming of a romantic Windermere break might want to head to the peaceful Lakeside area on the south side of the lake. Lodges in Windermere are a particularly luxurious setting for a special date or anniversary, but Lake District camping pods or glamping pods are often just as atmospheric (and usually cheaper) . If your priority is peace and quiet, we’d advise searching for smaller, adults-only glamping sites.

  • Heading to Windermere with the whole family in tow? One of the most lively Windermere destinations is Bowness-on-Windermere, where there are boat trips, watersports and a lively waterfront. If traditional tent camping is too primitive for you but you still want the kids to get the tent experience another way, consider a bell tent, wigwam, yurt or tipi.

  • Only considering the most stylish options, perhaps for a special occasion or in the spirit of ‘treat yourself’? There are several luxury glampsites around Windermere, all of which are set apart by their extra-special facilities. 

What you can do in Windermere

  • A good night's sleep at a comfy glamping site should leave you with plenty of energy to get out on the water. Whether you take a boat trip or hire a sailboat, paddleboard, kayak or canoe, there are more than 10 miles of water to explore at England's largest lake. The lake is 67 metres deep, so scuba diving is also possible for particularly adventurous types.

  • Those who want to set out on foot can tackle the Orrest Head fell, which has great views over the lake. Gummer’s Fell involves scrambling at the summit, adding an extra element of adventure. Or maybe you'd like to look for glamping accommodation on the western shore of Windermere for a historical hike around Wray Castle? 

  • Literary fan? The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere recreates scenes from Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, and the nearby Hill Top is the 17th-century farmhouse where the famed author once resided. The rooms have been transformed into a museum of her life.

Here’s how

With Pitchup, it’s easy to find and book your glamping holiday. Once you have a clear vision of the types of glamping you are most interested in and non-negotiable facilities, simply tick the boxes on the side of the page to personalise your search. 

Glamping requires different gear to a traditional camping break, so read up on our guide to glamping for some insider glamping tips. If you’re glamping in a bell tent, you may need your own cooking equipment, depending on the tent’s spec. It’s more common for shepherd’s huts and camping and glamping pods to have their own kitchen or cooking equipment, but one way to know for sure is to search according to the features you desire. 

Still shrugging your shoulders over where to go glamping? Pitchup has glamping sites all over the Lake District and Cumbria for more getaways within driving distance of the lakes.