Lake Windermere

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Lake Windermere, England

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Ben-UK Ben-UK
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Lake Windermere Feb 16, 2017
Lake Windermere is the largest lake in England (12 miles long and 1 mile wide) and also ther most popular. The town of Windermere is slightly inland, so the main town on the lake is Bowness which is situated on the east shore -- it's a busy place and is probably the Lake District's most popular holiday resort.

Pleasure boats operate on Windermere from Lakeside at the southern tip, up via Bowness to Waterhead (close to Ambleside) at the north end of the lake and in general, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing are all popular on the lake.

A short walk from Waterhead in the north lie the remains of the Roman fort 'Galava' built in AD79 -- the remains are in a field, adjacent to Borrans Park which is next to Waterhead -- not a great deal left to see though (see 'more photos')

At the southern end of the lake, just north of Newby bridge on the A592) is Fell Foot Park (see 'more photos'), part of the National Trust, which offers magnificent views of the lake and has floral displays, picnic areas and rowing boats for hire. Also at the southern end, opposite Fell Foot Park, is Lakeside where you can take a pleasure boat up to Bowness or Waterhead (Ambleside) -- Lakeside is also the terminus for the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway (see separate tip) and there's an Aquarium there too.

My photo was taken on a boat trip from Ambleside to Bowness - journey time approximately 45 minutes.

Directions: Leave the M6 motorway at junction 36 and follow the A590 to Newby Bridge -- there turn right onto the A592 signed Windermere.
Lake Windermere winter sunset
Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere
NickelP says:
I stayed in Ambleside when I was here at the hostel right on the lake. Loved it here!
Posted on: Feb 16, 2017
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Relax and Layback Oct 16, 2014
This is absolutely one of the must see destination in UK. It’s a lovely quite place with fascinated scenery all around and many places to see. There is multiple activities which you can do and one of which i enjoy is the kayaking.

The town it's self is cozy and full of all the services you need. I almost found everything i needed. The restaurants there are lovely and the bars as well.

I guess there is a small Cinema but didn’t go since I was too busy gazing and enjoying the surroundings.. The best place to sit at a bar facing the lake is in Ambleside up to north side of the lake.
jostravel jostravel
55 reviews
Take a picnic and pick a spot! Feb 11, 2012
Again, we only paid for the carpark, and if you drive towards Ambleside you pass the Windermere Visitor Centre; but you can stop at different places around the lake if all you want is beautiful views. We stopped off a couple of times, and just sat watching out across the lake. It is a beautiful place to visit, and they do boat trips in the summer if you fancy it!
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X_Drive X_Drive
837 reviews
Cruising Lake Windermere Jun 09, 2005
At Lake Windermere we took a cruise along the long fingerlike lake. Around ten miles in length it is only one mile wide at its widest point, known as Millerground. It is a vacation spot for holidays and summer outings. The surrounding hills are wonderful for leisurely hiking and so it is a great family destination. Our cruise took us along the lake where we could relax and view some of the very nice summer cottages of the rich and famous.

We didn’t get to see the Eachy on our tour. An Eachy is a lake monster much like the Loch Ness monster, Nessie, although our tour director told the tale of some of the sightings.
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