Things to see and do around Windermere

Lake Windermere- No visit to Windermere would be complete without a trip on England’s largest lake, hire a kayak from the Windermere adventure centre- Leigh Groves Building, Rayrigg Road, Windermere, LA23 1BP

Orrest Head- This short up-hill walk provides incredible views of the lake once you reach the summit, the path is easy to find opposite Booths supermarket- The Old Station, Victoria Street, Windermere LA23 1QA


Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories- Opened in 2019 this all-weather museum is dedicated to the rich history of Windermere and the stories that surround it- Rayrigg Road, Windermere, LA23 1BN

Lakeland Pony Trek- Two miles from the centre of Windermere, treks for all ages and abilities can be provided to lead you into the fells and enjoy the scenery up close- Patterdale Road, Windermere LA23 1PA

The Cookhouse Gallery- Specialising in original paintings and prints of the Lake District, this contemporary galley offers the opportunity to take a memento of your visit home- 17 Crescent Road, Windermere, LA23 1EA

Are you looking for family law support around Windermere? We have found these firms who may be able to assist you

  • Thomson Hayton Winkley – 25 Crescent Road, Windermere, LA23 1BJ
  • Temple Heelis Solicitors – 47 Crescent Road, Windermere LA23 1BL
  • Davenport & Scott – Lancaster House Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0AD

Are you thinking about separation or divorce because of domestic abuse?

A common reason for divorce one party being abused in some way by the other party. This could be emotional or physical abuse and for the divorce court comes under the heading of “unreasonable behaviour”. Whilst the divorce proceedings trundle on through the civil court system, victims can find themselves also going through the criminal courts if the Police are involved and there is enough evidence to bring a case. 

In recent years, there has been much talk in the UK regarding the law around the subject of Domestic Abuse and divorce with draft legislation proposed by Theresa May in February 2017.  This draft was finally released in January 2019 and will now be brought to Parliament for debate. The bill sets out a statutory government definition of domestic abuse which includes controlling and manipulative behaviour. For the first time, abuse does not have to be physical or violent.

The bill will recognise economic abuse, (also known as financial abuse) which is where a partner is prevented from accessing bank accounts or employment. The victim becomes financially controlled. They may not be allowed to go out to work, or if they are employed, their wages may be paid into their partners account or they may not have access to benefits as they are given to a partner. December 2016 saw the introduction of the new law meaning that coercive or controlling behaviour is now a crime. This offence carries a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment, a fine or both.

The future

Slowly changes are being made. Escaping a domestic abuse situation leaves victims susceptible to many issues which also affect children as a parent may find themselves homeless, relying on foodbanks for daily essentials along with dealing with their mental health as they navigate the family court system against their perpetrator. Emotions run high and post separation abuse can be rife. The abuser is losing control and many say that economic abuse is the “tail” of physical abuse as the victim is out of arms reach.  Read the rest of this article here

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