Windermere is the largest lake in England measuring 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 219 feet at its deepest point. Its name Windermere, comes from the Norse hero, Winand aka Vinandr, and until the 20th century the waters were used was a busy highway for ferrying iron ore and passengers.
Today it is a far more relaxed environment with its mix of sailing and rowing boats, wind surfers, the odd swimmer and a spot of fishing.
A fair amount of the water frontage is private, however there is a nice long stretch of lakeside walking from just above the West Ferry terminus running north to Red Nab at the foot of Claife Heights, where you can scramble up its edge for some fantastic views. The heights are densely wooded with many trails so take a compass with you.
Old Roman fort
At the north, just above Waterhead, is Glava Park where you can see the remains of an old Roman fort. The park goes down to a sweeping shale beach and is perfect for a picnic and paddle.
Fell Foot Park
At the southern reach is Fell Foot Park. Restored by the National Trust, the gardens are peaceful and beautifully maintained. Between Waterhead and Bowness is Brockhole, the National Park Authorities Visitor Centre. The centre offers a great insight into the work of the NPA and there are always exhibitions and an adventure playground for children to enjoy.
We have some lovely holiday cottages around Lake Windermere. Please visit our collection to feel inspired.