Header image shows view across Lake Windermere in autumn.


Located at the head of Lake Windermere

Waterhead, at the northern end of Lake Windermere, is a post-card picturesque bay which has changed little over the decades and provides the ideal walking and touring base for those wishing to stay in the heart of the Lake District at nearby Ambleside.


Hawthorn Cottage lies just 50 metres from the waters edge and lake ferry terminus of Windermere Lake Cruises which operate regular passenger services around the lake. The immediate area is served by a number of delightful cafes and tea shops as well as a refurbished pub and boutique hotel.


Many simply sit, relax and enjoy taking in the view across the bay to the Langdales while others may be tempted onto the water by hiring a rowing boat or kayak. Although the centre of Ambleside is only a level 15-minute walk away, most visitors take the time to enjoy a short stroll through Borrans Park with its picnic benches and views over the lake.


Image shows visitor gardens at nearby Stagshaw and Holehird.A gate leads through the park and along a pleasant riverside path passing through the historic site of the Roman settlement of Galava where many of the foundation stones of the fortification are still clearly visible.


For those looking to explore the area on foot there are numerous walks for all levels of ability directly from the doors of Hawthorn Cottage. Wansfell approach, which is directly opposite, offers a pleasant return round trek to the summit of the fell overlooking

Ambleside village.


Loughrigg Fell, which links Ambleside with Rydal Water and Grasmere is within easy reach, while a request stop on the lake launch service across the water at Pullwood Bay makes for a great day's walking to Grasmere via Skelwith Bridge.


National Trust attractions including Jenkins Crag – voted one of England's most romantic views – and Stagshaw Garden are also minutes away on foot. There are numerous mountain bike trails within a few wheel turns at Skelghyll Woods with bike hire available in Ambleside.


Visitors looking to enjoy touring in their car will find a number of challenging roads over some of the highest passes in the country and detailed routes are provided at the cottage.

National Trust Stagshaw gardens and Holehird are nearby