Guide to the Lake District - Windermere


Windermere is the largest natural lake not just in the Lake District, but in all of England,
and has been one of the country's most popular tourist destinations ever since the railways first arrived in 1847.

Lakes district

A town full of history
and natural beauty

A classic 'ribbon' lake formed in a glacial trough, it is no more than a mile wide yet is a whopping 11 miles long.

Windermere's popularity as a tourist destination has brought in all manner of outdoor activities, attractions and lake cruises, and the town of Windermere, around half a mile from the lake itself, has flourished as a result. But the lake is so big that it happily accommodates a host of other towns and villages, including Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere and Newby Bridge, while Hawkshead and Kendal are just a short distance away.

Whatever type of break you want, Windermere is capable of hosting it. You can spend days out on the fells hiking mountains, cycle woodland routes on mountain bikes, try a variety of water sports, or just do a little shopping and spend your afternoons exploring the lake's islands.

We've rounded up some of the best attractions, activities and places to eat and drink near Windermere, but there is so much more to discover on your trip.

Follow the links below to see what Windermere has to offer:


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