At 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) in length, running in a north-south direction, Windermere is the largest of the Lake District’s waterways and a magnet for holidaymakers, especially in summer. Pleasure cruisers, rowboats, passenger ferries and other craft ensure its waters are rarely unruffled, the air humming with outboard motors and jet-skis.

However the lake does have its calmer side, with quiet bays offering superb views of surrounding hills and mountains and numerous sites of historical interest on or near its shoreline.

Besides the twinned towns of Windermere and Bowness, Ambleside, at the northern tip of the lake, is one of the main centers. There you can visit the remains of a Roman fort as well as Rydal Mount, a house inhabited by William Wordsworth for much of his life.

Practical Info

From London, high-speed trains travel to Lancaster from where local services connect to Windermere, on the western side of the lake of the same name, many visitors’ point of entry to the Lake District.

On the lake, graceful old ferries offer some of the best vantage points. Alternatively, hire a rowboat or canoe and create your own itinerary.

Tours & Tickets

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4-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days

From USD $679.13

Lake District Rail Day Trip from London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes

From USD $280.51

3-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days

From USD $487.20

Lake District Tour from Windermere: Ten Lakes in One Winter Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours 45 minutes

From USD $44.29

Ten Lakes Spectacular to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 202 Reviews

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $62.01
From USD $679.13

Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

From USD $64.96

The High Adventure - High Mountain Passes Spectacular

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 52 Reviews

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $62.01

3-Day Lake District and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days

From USD $367.61

Private Tour: Lake District Day Trip from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $110.73

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