Windermere - Cumbria's largest lake - England's largest lake
Windermere in the Lake DistrictWindermere is quite rightly famous. Not only is Windermere the Lake District's largest lake but it is the largest lake in the whole of England too.
From its most northerly point up in Ambleside it stretches approximately 10.5 miles (16.9 km)to its southerly point at Newby Bridge. The width of the lake varies, the widest being at Millerground where it is 1 mile (1.6 km) wide. At its deepest it is approximately 220 feet (67 m).
Windermere VillageWindermere Village ..... Don't be mistaken .... if you are looking to dip your toes into the lake then head down to Bowness-on-Windermere rather than Windermere village itself.
We hope the map here will help to show you where Lake Windermere is in relation to the village of Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, making your planning a little easier.
Although busy, the village of Windermere has a slower pace than Bowness. Originally named Birthwaite, the town took the name of the Lake when the Railway opened a station here, bringing the first visitors to Windermere and this part of Cumbria in 1847.
An easy Windermere Walk giving panormaic views of the Lake is Orrest Head. This is also the walk which so inspired Wainwright all those years ago.
Easy Windermere Walk - With Stunning Panoramic Views
Windermere Railway StationWindermere Railway station is at the top of Windermere village just off the A591 and around a mile and a half from the busy lakeland hub Bowness on Windermere. Windermere station played a huge roll in bringing visitors to the Lakes, prior to the days of family cars. Nowadays the upmarket grocer Booths supermarket occupies the old railway station and Lakeland Plastics occupy former railway land.
The station is still in use however and they are currently promoting some very good fares for those who still want to use public transport to get to Cumbria. Read more about Windermere Fares and Timetables here.
Cycle Routes WindermereJust adjacent to the Railway Station Country Lane - Windermere Cyles hire out high spec mountain bikes and tandems as well as tag-along-trailers for children. They can supply you with well worked out and easy to follow routes and offer a range of cycle tours lasting from 3 days to 7 days.
The Windermere FerryThe Windermere Ferry has crossed at the same site for over 500 years! Taking you from just south of Bowness-on Windermere off the A592 over to the Beatrix Potter country of Far Sawrey and Hawkshead.
The ferry can get busy during peak periods, but it is normaly possible to buy an ice cream whilst you wait. Why not out the Windermere Ferry webcam. (Note the ferry is closed 25/26 Dec : Timetable is here.
Windermere LakelandFormerly Lakeland Plastics, the huge Lakeland store is a magnet for cooks. If you are looking for a bite to eat then the cafe at Lakeland has a very good reputation, my parents particularly like the Bobotie when it is on the menu!
Windermere HotelsThis little gadget is one of my favourites for comparing prices of Hotels & Guest Houses/B&B's showing a huge range of accommodation in Windermere from back-packers lodges to luxury hotel suites leaving you to choose your perfect retreat, without, of course, any obligation.
Porto Restaurant - Bowness on WindermerePorto is a true gem tucked away down a lovely little lane in the popular 'honey-spot' Lake District town of Bowness on Windermere and if you knew my brother in law, the fact that this is his favourite local restaurant, would speak volumes!
The menu allows you to choose from 'a la carte' or from the daily set menu - and if you prefer an earlier dinner then you'll be delighted to know that they also do 'early door' menu deals.
If you are looking for a 'posh lunch' away from the often-crowded streets of Bowness on Windermere then Porto could be just the ticket.
For their full menu please follow through to the Porto website
Self Catering Cottage Bowness- Windermere
Cottages in Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside. Choose from lake access to remote farmhouses. Read more here
Windermere Youth HostelYouth Hostels have changed their image recently.... why not check out this economic self-catering accommodation.
The Old Laundry TheatreThis interesting theatre opens periodically to stage great theatre, comedy and musical events. Find out what's on and when right here.
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