Plan your trip
Take the train from London Euston to Oxenholme. Trains are frequent and take approximately 3 hours 11 minutes. Look up times.
The Lakes Line offers access into the heart of the Lake District National Park and amazing views of the Cumbrian fells. Windermere is a major tourist destination along with Bowness, the lake and nearby Ambleside. There is a busy tourist information centre just 200 metres from Windermere station and one of the many walks starts nearby. There is an extensive network of walking routes, from easy to challenging. A trip with Windermere Lake Cruises shows the delights of the lake and gives access to Fellfoot and Lakeside and to Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. To the north, the boats give access to Brockhole and Ambleside.
Part way along the line is Staveley with its Mill Yard, home to Wilf’s cafe and Hawkshead brewery plus specialist shops and a cycling centre. At Kendal, there the thriving arts community plus museums, galleries and shops plus a ruined castle and lovely riverside walks.
The station at Windermere is a hub for onward travel to Bowness to connect with Windermere Lake Cruises, the Beatrix Potter Museum and a great range of shops, some especially catering for walkers. In Windermere there are hotels, shops and galleries and walking routes up into the fells. Mountain Goat provides transport to more remote areas and also runs the Tourist Information Centre. Ambleside is a short bus ride away and on the route is the Brockhole Visitor Centre. In Kendal there is a thriving arts community and galleries, theatres and specialist shops can be explored.