Miller Ground Windermere

How to make the most of your time at Miller Ground in Windermere.

Where is Miller Ground?

Miller Ground is an area off Rayrigg Road, between Bowness on Windermere and the A591. It joins up with Rayrigg Meadow and people tend to use both names to describe the same general area.

From Bowness, you can travel along Rayrigg Road and Miller Ground is on your left.

From the A591, turn onto Rayrigg Road at the Kirkstone Pass roundabout, and MIller Ground is on your right.

You can park in the Rayrigg Meadow car park, or try for the (free) lay-by a bit further along the road leading away from Bowness on Windermere.

What to do at Miller Ground

We LOVE Miller Ground, and it’s one of our go-to’s for an easy day out.

First, we love to walk down to the Lake Windermere and spend some time at the lake shore. If you can park at the lay-by, you’ll see a gate next to it. Go through there and follow the path down to the lake.

Early morning at Miller Ground

It is simply beautiful.

If you park in the car park, walk towards the play park but keep to the right of it and the path will take you down some steps to the lake and the jetties.

Once you reach the lake shore, you can either base yourself there, or walk along the path that follows the shore line. Here there are plenty of opportunities for exploring, stone throwing, and view-admiring. The area further along from the jetties is generally quieter and we’ve spent lots of time there over the years throwing stones and sticks and splashing about.

Early morning at Miller Ground

Miller Ground Watersports

At the jetty end, you might see people with stand up paddle boards or kayaks. LOTS of people like to do this in Lake Windermere, especially in summer.

Miller Ground is a popular spot for launching, and you can bring your own equipment, or hire it from Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre. Prices for a paddle boards and kayaks start at £15 for one hour.

We’ve never launched from here, mainly because when we come its either too cold, or we’re here for a picnic, or to visit the playground (more on that later). Also because we’ve found a few other places to launch from that are quieter, and I prefer less of an audience for my paddle board efforts!

But, if you do want to have a paddle of some sort here, it would work really well. There is a decent amount of shore for changing and getting ready, and for some well deserved cake afterwards.

Rayrigg Meadow Play Park

Rayrigg Meadow play park is easy to spot from the car park. We love this park, and it has easily kept my children busy since it opened in 2019. There is lots of equipment for all different ages, and plenty of benches for snack breaks.

The play park at Rayrigg Meadow with Lake Windermere in the background

Outside of the playpark is an open field, ideal for frisbee or playing with a ball. There are loads of picnic benches, and most importantly (for me!) you can often find the Fellside Coffee van pitched up there.

Fun at Miller Ground

Other things to take advantage of at Miller Ground include…..

Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre also offers courses in windsurfing and sailing. These are open to adults, children and families and we’ve often seen groups setting out on a weekend morning. It looks lots of fun!

You’ll often see people wild swimming from Miller Ground. If you are going to try a dip, please make sure you take care, and take all the necessary safety precautions.

If you visit Miller Ground early on a Sunday morning, you may well see the Blue Mind Men group splashing about from the two jetties near the park. This group is a swim club promoting better mental health for men through cold water swimming. They are very friendly and anyone is welcome to join them!

Honestly, I couldn’t recommend a visit to Miller Ground more. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

If you’re in the area and looking for something to do, check out 12 Things to do in Bowness on Windermere

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I'm Michelle, Lake District resident and founder of this site. You can mostly find me up a hill, on a lake, or enjoying a hot chocolate by the fire. Feel free to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you!

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