Biskey Howe, Bowness
There are many viewpoints around Lake Windermere, offering spectacular views of the largest lake in England. However, none are as central as Biskey Howe, in Bowness-on-Windermere. Just a 15 minute walk from the centre of Bowness Village, Biskey Howe offers a peaceful respite from the busy shops offering all sorts of treasures and tasty treats. A steady ascent from its approach on Helm Road, but worth the effort once at the top with panoramic views across to the North and South of the Lake.
After it fell out of use as a quarry in the late 1800s, the rugged rock outcrop above served as a viewpoint for the many tourists making the journey to Windermere and Bowness each year. The beautiful rhododendrons around the perimeter and the narrow stone steps cut into the craggy outcrop are all that remain of its Victorian heritage.
Now the viewpoint is also enjoyable as a natural woodland with impressive yew, birch, sycamore, oak and poplar trees. There is lots to explore, with numerous paths winding their way around the viewpoint and surrounding woodland. Many species of birds and insects also enjoy this wildlife corridor.
Hidden away is a memorial to M Whittaker carved into the rock. Can you find it?
South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal LA9 9HT
Phone: 01539 793290
This gem was kindly contributed by Abigail Mann from Kendal