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Local Wildlife

See the local wildlife

The park is conservation orientated with managed woodlands providing a natural environment for a rich biodiversity of animals, birds, flora and fauna. We have various bird stations and owl boxes throughout the site.

As a result of our dedication to the environment, and continued effort towards sustainable tourism practices, we continue to be awarded 5 star status by the English Tourism Council and the highest conservation accolade – Gold – by the David Bellamy Conservation Awards.

Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, it is 10.5 miles (16.9 km) long stretching from Newby Bridge to Ambleside. Connect to Lakeside with the main season ferry service between our twin piers and Lakeside. For timetable information click here

Lake Windermere contains 18 islands. By far the largest is the privately owned Belle Isle lying opposite Bowness and around a kilometre in length. There is a rich biodiversity of wildlife in the National Park and we ask you to enjoy your stay but respect the Countryside Code.



The Lake District National Park is a cyclist's haven and there is an abundance of cycleways and bridleways which you can choose to explore during your stay.

The following links may be useful when planning your visit to us:

There is something for everybody here in the Lake District, whether you are a keen mountain biker, enjoy a leisurely cycle or are just getting started on two wheels. For a comprehensive guide to cycling in the area visit the Go Lakes website.



If you enjoy walking then the Lake District will delight you with its array of gentle walks, long distance rambles and steep climbs - most of which boast some of the most spectacular views in the country.

Gummers Howe is just a short distance from Hill of Oaks Park and is a short, family-friendly walk with the reward of breathtaking views across the lake. Orrest Head is another short walk which benefits from magnificent views; located in Windermere Town Centre with its parade of pubs, coffee shops and tea rooms to sample on your return. Connect to Lakeside operated by Windermere Lake Cruises and enjoy a variety of walks from pier stops around Windermere. There is a pick up from our twin jetties in the main season. This service will run daily in half term week from 21-28 October. For timetable information click here.

A trip to the North and Western Lake District is really a must with rugged coastline, England's highest mountain range and most beautiful lake waiting to be explored! Choose to tie in your walk with a trip on an Ullswater 'Steamer' or a journey on the Lake District's most scenic railway.

For further details on walking in the area visit the Lake District National Park website.



Hill of Oaks Park is idyllically located on the south-east side of Windermere and boasts exclusive lake frontage along the shore of the lake for around a mile.

Therefore there is a range of facilities for park customers to use to begin to explore the lake; including five jetties and multiple slipways for boat launching.

Windermere Lake Cruises pick up daily during the Summer holidays from our twin piers to Lakeside so you can visit The Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway or enjoy a cocktail or two at the Lakeside Hotel & Spa. Or travel further afield to Wray Castle, Bowness on Windermere, Ambleside and Brockhole by cruise. 

Customers can choose to bring their own boat whilst staying at Hill of Oaks Park and use the facilities above. Dinghies and wetsuits are also available to purchase from our site shop.



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