Pirates & play at Cockshott

Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:For kids - things to do before you're 11¾

Tucked away at the end of Bowness-on-Windermere, Cockshott Point is a lovely place for a family picnic or short stroll along the shoreline. However, you need to dig a little deeper for the real treasure! A short walk from the entrance, the ‘Point’ of Cockshott Point opens up to your right. From here, a short wooded track leads you down to the shore.

This is a great place for children to have an adventure or two – they might find pirate hides, or dragons and the trees might come alive! Following the shore brings you to an enclosed ‘stone beach’. This is ‘Pirate Bay’, home to some of the most dastardly villains in the Lake District! We’ve spent many hours searching for their hidden treasure (chocolate coins, mostly). Cockshott Wood is up on the hill. It’s rarely used, but it’s brilliant. It’s got logs to clamber over, pine cones to collect, a hidden bench and even a cliff! A couple of exposed rocks make ideal places for stories about old castle ruins.

Further Information

Planning your visit:

In Bowness there are a variety of cafes, shops and places to get sandwiches. Toilets are next to the Tourist Information Centre. From the Promenade you can take cruises or catch boats to other parts of the Lake.

How to get here:

By car from Windermere: Follow the A592 (Rayrigg Road) for 1 ½ miles to Bowness. Parking is signposted.

There are two entrances to Cockshott Point; one at the end of Glebe Road and one near the Ferry.

By National Trust

How to get here

Cockshott Point, Windermere

United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL7
The English Lakes
South Eastern area

SD 395 964

Get Directions

By rail: The nearest rail station is Windermere.

By bus from the North: From Kendal, Ambleside and Grasmere get the 599. From Windermere you can get the 599 or the 618.

By bus from the South: From Newby Bridge, Haverthwaite and beyond, take the 618. Please note this service is infrequent.

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