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Windermere

See Also - Ambleside - Bowness & Windermere

 

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Windermere

Overview

Windermere is the largest lake in England measuring 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 219 feet at its deepest point. As of 2005 a new by law restricts speed limits to a maximum of 10mph with the obvious consequences to water sport enthusiasts, however you will still see large numbers of sleek yachts and cruisers The name Windermere comes from a Norse hero, Winand or Vinandr, and until the 20th century was a busy highway for ferrying iron ore and passengers. To day it is very much for pleasure, with a mix of sailing and rowing boats, wind surfers, the odd swimmer and a spot of fishing.

 

The Lake

The main lakeside town is Bowness, where the shops and inns spill down to the busy bay. The lake is very much a part of the village life, providing employment in the boat yards, on the steamers and in the shops and cafes. During summer the waterfront bustles with people enjoying the view, feeding the host of swans and ducks and boarding boats for lake trips. Windermere Lake Cruises operate the graceful old Lake Steamers, the Swan, Teal and Tern, and will take you on journeys around the lake, departing at Lakeside down in the southern basin, Bowness to the mid west and Waterhead at the northern reach. The smaller glass topped boats also stop at the Windermere Steamboat Museum and the Brockhole Visitor Centre. Windermere Lake Cruises also hire rowing boats and little electric power boats from Bowness Bay and Waterhead, great fun for a summers day out on the water under your steam. Low Wood Watersports currently offer water skiing, windsurfing and lots more fast, exciting water activities. Windermere Outdoor Activities, below Bowness, are an excellent centre for courses in sailing. The car ferry runs from Bowness to Sawrey on the west shore, and is a scenic way of cutting out Ambleside if you need to get to across the lake, keeping alive the fact that Windermere is still officially a public right of way. For those visitors bringing their own craft there are a number of launch sites available and a fee is payable. All private power boat users are required first to register their craft with the Lakes Admin Officer at Ferry Nab, or with the National Parks Authority in Kendal. You can call for forms to be sent prior to your holiday or go along when you arrive. To get the best enjoyment from the lake with your boat it is wise to get hold of a free copy of the rules and reg’s. For the fishermen there is plenty of opportunity to fish in all styles, course, fly and from boats. Windermere is renowned for her fine brown trout, a superb silvery fish with pink flesh. Rainbows are abundant along with perch, roach and eel. Pike fishing has undergone a renaissance and the lake offers some of the best pike fishing in the country. A local speciality is the Windermere Charr. An ancient species, this fish has beautiful markings, tastes excellent but is very bony and requires special techniques for a successful catch. For more information on where to fish you can contact the Tourist Information Centre who hold details on day passes to both the public sites and those run by the Windermere, Ambleside & District Angling Association.

 

Out And About - Local Walks - Activities

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 for some fantastic views. The heights are wooded with many trails and it is vital to have a compass and good map or you may well get lost. At the north, just above Waterhead, is Glava Park where you can see the remains of the old Roman Fort. The park goes down to a sweeping shale beech and is perfect for a picnic and paddle. At the southern reach is Fell Foot Park. Restored by the National Trust, the gardens are peaceful and there is a nice cafe. The park offers row boat hire and moorings for non powered craft or you can simply paddle or swim from the waters edge. Between Waterhead and Bowness is Brockhole, the National Park Authorities Visitor Centre. You can arrive by road or one of the smaller boats. The park offers a great insight into the work of the NPA and there are always exhibitions and things to do. The grounds are pleasant to explore, with a huge children’s adventure playground and for refreshment, a good cafe in the main building.

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Windermere

Links for the three main towns and villages on Lake Windermere

Ambleside - Waterhead

Ambleside Tourist Information Centre
Ambleside On Line For lots of local information, attractions, activities, restaurants, shoping etc 
Brockhole Visitor Centre, gardens and adventure playground

Museums & Galleries & Attractions
Armitt Collection & Public Library
Adrian Sankey Glass makers
Hayes Garden World

Bike - Boat Hire - Boat Trips
Bike Treks
Easyriders Warterhead - Mountain Bikes & Yamaha Electric Assisted
Windermere Lake Cruises & Boat Hire
Waterhead Marina Lauch Site Tel 015394 32424

Activities
Ambleside Climbing Wall & Cave

Cinema & Theatre
Zeffirellis

Dining
Lucy’s On A Plate
Lucy 4 Wine Bar & Bistro
Shelia’s Cottage
Zeffirellis Pizzeria
Glass House Cafe & Restaurant
Apple Pie Eating House
The Log House
Wateredge Inn

Pubs & Inns
White Lion
Golden Rule
Royal Oak
Unicorn

Bowness

Bowness Tourist Information Centre
Bowness Bay, Bowness-on-Windermere,
Tel: +44 (0)15394 42895
Email: bownesstic@lake-district.gov.uk
www.southlakeland.gov.uk

Lake District National ParK Website

Dining

Porto Restaurant
The Postilion Restaurant
Amore Restaurant
Jerichos Windermere
Jintana That Restaurant
Fat Olives
The Old Laundry Theatre Bistro - Excellent day time dining
Storrs Hall Hotel
Miller Howe Hotel

Nissi Greek Restaurant
The Oriental Kitchen
Telephone 015394 45110

The Old Laundry Cafe
Rayrigg Road Bowness
Telephone 015394 88444

Pubs & Inns

The Angel Inn - Modern twist on an old inn
Ship Inn - Overlooking the Lake  

Hole In't Wall
Low Side Bowness
Telephne 015394 43488

The Royal Oak Hotel
Branfell Road Bowness
Telephone 015394 32257

Ye Old John Peel Inn
Rayrigg Road Bowness
Telephone 015394 33382

Local Stores 

Tesco Express
Co-Op
Richardsons Butcher
Booths Supermarket
Boots Chemist
Lakeland Limited - Creative Kitchen Ware

Cinema & Theatre

Royalty Cinema
The Old laundry Theatre

Activities, Adventure & Visitor Centre

Windermere Outdoor Adventure
Brockhole Visitor Centre
Kankku Off Road Driving 

Museums & Galleries & Attractions

World of Beatrix Potter
Windermere Steamboat Museum
Blackwell Arts & Crafts House

Bike - Boat Hire - Boat Trips

Windermere Lake Cruises & Boat Hire
Winderemere Aquatics Boat Hire & Launching
Mountain Goat Tours 

Transport - Railway

Windermere Railway Station

Newby Bridge

Pubs and Dining
Lakeside Hotel

Swan Hotel

Shops
Newby Bridge Garage

Attractions 

Windermere Lake Cruises 
Lakes Aquarium
Lakeland Motor Museum
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway
Fell Foot Park National Trust gardens and lake shore

 

 

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