Save time, money and hassle by using our park and sail option. Leave the car at Lakeside or Bowness piers and explore Windermere by boat.
The lake is drained from its southernmost point by the River Leven. It is replenished by the rivers Brathay, Rothay, Trout Beck, Cunsey Beck and several other lesser streams. The lake is largely surrounded by foothills of the Lake District which provide pleasant low-level walks; to the north and northeast are the higher fells of central Lakeland.
Windermere and the surrounding countryside is the setting for mystery novelist Elizabeth George's 2012 book Believing the Lie, the 17th in the Inspector Lynley series.
Bring your group on a Windermere Lake Cruise and enjoy a fantastic day out.
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Passenger services run the whole length of the lake, from Lakeside railway station, on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite heritage steam railway at the southern end of the lake, to Waterhead Bay near Ambleside in the north. Intermediate stops are made at Bowness and, by smaller launches only, at Brockhole. Some boats only operate part of the route, or operate out and back cruises, whilst others run the whole distance.
There is controversy regarding the environmental benefits of the speed limitation. When powered craft plane, at around 20 mph (30 km/h), they produce less of a wake. This has led opponents of the speed limit[who?] to argue that by limiting powerboats to 10 knots more damage is being done per powerboat.
Make your day extra special with a private charter around Windermere
Half way down Windermere, and a mile and a half downhill from Windermere village and its railway station. Pop into our Bowness Bay Information Centre, shop, eat, get an icecream and watch the bustle of the steamers arriving and departing from Bowness Bay. You can also hire rowing boats.
Windermere in the Lake District - ten and a half miles long and 219 feet deep - is England's largest lake. Its name comes from the Scandinavian for 'lake of a man called Vinandr'.
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Why so negative about a beautiful place , Windermere is lovely , have you had a bad experience , having spent a year in and out of hospital , it's a joy to be in Windermere , breathing in the fresh air and watching the smile upon my sons face , it's the things we take for granted that are the most precious, , embrace the beauty this world has to offer , for we not know when it will be taken .
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My wife, who is in a wheelchair, and myself are coming here for a week at Lake Windermere in Spring. Attractions such as boat cruises, spa facilities, even bus networking the National Park, etc. friendly for tourists with disabilities?
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Let us provide a memorable backdrop to your special day. Our vessels can be hired for many different events and provide a fantastic location for you and your guests.
The Windermere Ferry, a vehicle-carrying cable ferry, runs across the lake from Ferry Nab on the eastern side of the lake to Far Sawrey on the western side of the lake. This service forms part of the B5285. There are also two summer only passenger ferries that cross the lake. One crosses from Lakeside station to Fell Foot Park at the southern end of the lake, whilst the other links Bowness with Far Sawrey.
The north to south alignment of the lake, combined with its position between Morecambe Bay and the central fells, means that it forms a migration highway, with geese often seen in winter.
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In the horror novel The Pike (1982) by Cliff Twemlow, a 12-foot-long (3.7 m) pike in Windermere goes on a killing spree, and the consequence is a boom in the lake's tourist trade. Two attempts have been made to film the novel.
Windermere Steamboat Museum is located on Rayrigg Road in Bowness, and includes a collection of vintage steam boats dating back to 1850, five sailing boats (the oldest built in 1780), two dugout canoes, as well as information about Swallows and Amazons and the history of racing boats. The museum has been closed since 2006 for refurbishment.
The long popularity of steam launches on Windermere has even given its name to the Windermere kettle, a steam-powered tea urn.
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Looking north from the foot of Windermere, with Fell Foot lower right, and Lakeside Pier centre left.
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You can view timetables and book your tickets online.
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There was a Boy; ye knew him well, ye cliffs And islands of Winander!...
There are 14 islands in the lake, the largest of which is Belle Isle (formerly known as Longholme). In 1250 it was the seat of the Lord of the Manor and a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War.In 1774 an unusual circular house was erected on the island, which was sold (along with the island) to the wealthy Curwen family who renamed the island after their daughter, Isabella.
A perfect day out for families and friends! With tons of attractions, there's something for everyone!
A mile inland from Windermere, Ambleside is a bustling town of outdoor equipment shops, bookshops, gift shops, cafes and restaurants and a cinema. Nestled in the valley between various fells, it's the start and end point for many walks.
The area is also featured as an arena in the popular arcade videogame Tekken.
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The Club was established in 1891 and caters for all, from the individual – whether on holiday or not – to groups and societies. Our members are very proud of our club, what it stands for and for what it has to offer.
A high percentage (29.4%) of the lake's drainage area is under cultivation. The lake has a relatively low percentage of lake bed above 9 metres (30 ft) in depth which is rocky (28%)[clarification needed]. This makes Windermere a rich habitat. The main fish in the lake are trout, char, pike, and perch.
Windermere is just over one mile from the lake and is where the Oxenholme to Windermere railway line terminates. It is a busy little town with a good variety of local shops. The flagship store for Lakeland (opens in new window) is situated close to the railway station. There is also a branch of Booths supermarket.
In November 2009, several scenes were shot on Windermere for the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. The filming centred around Pull Wyke Bay and Pull Wood House on the northwestern shoreline. The scenes, featuring the newlyweds Gail and Joe on their honeymoon, were aired in January and February 2010.
I am coming to ambleside in September is there anything supporting good restaurants and easy walks around the town