Insider's Guide to Lake District

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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.

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4-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Enjoy four days in England’s beautiful Lake District! You’ll stay three nights at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, located near Lake Windermere. This ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $700.10

4-Day Beatrix Potter Experience

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy three nights stay at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel located close to Lake Windermere. This comfortable hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter is set ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $700.10

3-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Enjoy two nights stay at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel located close to Lake Windermere. This comfortable hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter is set in ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $477.34

Ten Lakes Spectacular to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 161 Reviews

This tour covers Ten Lakes, three mountain passes and a lake cruise, a beautiful waterfall, Castlerigg Stone Circle and the ancient township of Keswick for ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.65

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

See 10 lakes in one day on a 6.5-hour tour around the idyllic Lake District from Windermere! With an expert local guide, travel by coach around the region to ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.73

The High Adventure - High Mountain Passes Spectacular

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

Nothing in Britain surpasses the grandeur of Lakeland's central mountains. The route is that fashioned by Emperor Hadrians's Roman legions in the first century ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.65

Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

This tour is the ideal way to explore the favourite places associated with Beatrix Potter. We travel north alongside Lake Windermere to Waterhead where Beatrix ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.83

3-Day Beatrix Potter Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy two nights stay at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel located close to Lake Windermere. This comfortable hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter is set in ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $477.34

3-Day Lake District High Adventure

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Enjoy two nights stay at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel located close to Lake Windermere. This comfortable hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter is set in ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $477.34

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Spend three days discovering the secrets of Roman Britain and the stunning English Lake District on this small group tour from Edinburgh. Follow the route of ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $396.19

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