Windermere Deanery

Windermere Deanery Prayer

Lord thank you for the beauty that surrounds us, that speaks to us of you. Keep us - and those who visit us - open to you through your creation. Amen

Benefices within Windermere Deanery



Map only showing 12 out of 27 churches within Windermere Deanery due to missing church location data

Windermere Deanery Profile

From the Langdales to Morecambe Bay, fells, valleys, meres and pastoral tranquillity this is the Windermere Deanery. Tourism is our staple industry, from the milling crowds of Bowness to the poetic calm of Rydal and William Wordsworth.

Not to be outdone Sawrey near Hawkshead boasts Beatrix Potter and nearby in Rusland is the grave of Arthur Ransome. Westminster Bridge, Wild Cat Island and Jemima Puddleduck in many ways sums up this part of Cumbria. Intellectual, recreation and fund. There are twenty-one parishes from high to nearly low, from urban to rural from the might of Cartmel to the humility of Colton, if you can find it, halfway up a fell side.

Rydal Hall is neatly situated in the Deanery. As a tourist area it is not, as some suppose, rich and the growing number of holiday homes is a constant worry; in some parishes as much as 50% of all dwellings are holiday homes. Despite this Windermere is an exporting Deanery in that it contributes more to the Diocese coffers than is required to run the parishes and the number of stipendiary priests is now down to nine.

We have a happy Synod and a Rural Dean and lay chairman who complement one another and are working to make the Deanery an entity rather than just a name.

Windermere Deanery Contacts


The Revd David Wilmot
St Mary's Vicarage, Ambleside Road, Windermere, LA23 1BA
015394 43032
vicar@stmaryswindermere.co.uk
Helen Hoyle
1 Crabtree Cottages, Cunsey, Ambleside, LA22 OLX
015394 47213
helenlouisehoyle@hotmail.co.uk