Windermere tapers to its southern tip at Newby Bridge, the small place named after the narrow, 17th century, five arched bridge which carries traffic over the river from the A590 to Lakeside and then further up the west side of Windermere.

From Lakeside boats go to Bowness and Waterhead near Ambleside and there’s also a mini-bus service to the Lakeland Motor Museum at Backbarrow, five minutes down the A590. The Lakes Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway station need no transport as they’re a few steps away. 

If you want a quick but lasting impression of this quieter end of the lake, turn off the A592 at the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park - an ideal spot near Newby Bridge for a stroll or a picnic - and head up the minor road towards Cartmel Fell. 

Less than one mile (1.6km) up the hill on the right hand side is Gummer’s How car park where for minimum effort you get maximum view.


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