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Verified travelerJan 16, 2020
Bowness-on-Windermere is one of our favourite places and we visits a lot over the year and always try and stay for 3 nights at new year to end the year off
Ride a boat around the islands of this scenic lake and visit the charming villages where some of England’s greatest writers lived.
Windermere is England’s largest lake, with spectacular views of the surrounding green hills and valleys. Pleasant villages with museums dedicated to the Lake District’s treasured writers surround the lake, which is 11 miles (17 kilometers) long. Rent a boat to visit some of the lake’s 18 islands.
Cycle along the lake’s perimeter and enjoy the serene ambiance. Find a spot for a picnic with a view of the water. Choose one of the many romantic cruises that take you around the lake. North of the water is Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, which has wildlife trails and intriguing displays.
Visit some of the quaint villages lining the shores. Ambleside on the northern side has rows of charming boutiques and cafés in Tudor buildings. Stroll through Bowness-on-Windermere to find the The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction, where the rooms and gardens depict scenes from her children’s books.
Northwest of the lake lies the village of Grasmere, formerly home to one of England’s greatest poets, William Wordsworth. See his former family houses at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount and take a trip to the Wordsworth Museum.
Learn about the many world speed record attempts on the lake. Sir Henry Segrave broke the record in 1930 but later capsized and died of his injuries.
Expect fairly wet and mild weather in Windermere, with August the warmest month. April is the driest time of the year, while snow covers parts of the region in winter. The lake is up to 219 feet (67 meters) deep and just less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide.
The area is in the southeastern part of the Lake District National Park in the county of Cumbria. Ride a 1-hour train south from Carlisle or drive the 50-mile (80-kilometer) journey. London is 280 miles (450 kilometers) south. Get around the lake via passenger ferries and steamers.
Enjoy a Windermere trip with a mixture of relaxing cruises, island visits and strolls through quaint villages.
Reviewed on 13 Jan 2020
Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020
Bring your childhood dreams to life at the complex devoted to the children’s books and other works at this local wonderland.
Traverse the largest lake in England and relish the relaxed atmosphere at this base equipped with rental equipment and activities for the family.
Enjoy a round of golf in Windermere at Windermere Golf Club. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.
Enjoy a stop at Bowness Pier, a landmark worth seeing in Bowness-on-Windermere. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in the area.
You can spend time exploring the galleries in Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in Windermere. Stroll along the lakeside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.
Enjoy a stop at Orrest Head, a landmark worth seeing in Windermere. Wander the lakeside and picturesque gardens in the area.
Martin&DianaJan 1, 2020
Walks in Ambleside, Buttermere, Ullswater and Stanley Ghyll recommended.