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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Spectacular Ten Lakes Day Trip to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond from Windermere, Windermere, ... 
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Spectacular Ten Lakes Day Trip to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 223 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 $56.01
Lake District Rail Day Trip from London, London, Day Trips
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Lake District Rail Day Trip from London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Discover the Lake District’s literary heritage on this guided day trip from London, with train transport included. Enjoy a scenic drive along Lake Windermere ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $253.36
Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise, Windermere, Rail Tours
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Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 62 Reviews

Discover the locations that inspired Beatrix Potter on a 4.5-hour Lake District afternoon tour. Embark on a cruise across the majestic Lake Windermere, ...  Read more

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

From USD $58.67
4-Day Lake District Discovery Tour from Windermere including Lake Cruise, Muncaster Castle and ... 
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4-Day Lake District Discovery Tour from Windermere including Lake Cruise, Muncaster Castle and Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Explore the rugged Lake District on this 4-day experience from Bowness-on-Windermere, including hotel accommodation and two full-day tours. With the charming ...  Read more

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

From USD $613.39
4-Day Beatrix Potter Experience in Lake District Including Lakeland Tour, Ten Lakes Tours and Lake ... 
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4-Day Beatrix Potter Experience in Lake District Including Lakeland Tour, Ten Lakes Tours and Lake Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Discover the best of the Lake District and the places that inspired Beatrix Potter on this 4-day experience based in Bowness-on-Windermere. Stay three nights ...  Read more

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

From USD $613.39
3-Day Lake District Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise, Windermere, Multi-day Tours
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3-Day Lake District Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Enjoy two nights' stay at the 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel — formerly owned by beloved children's author Beatrix Potter — located close to Lake ...  Read more

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

From USD $440.04
The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere, Windermere, Multi-day Tours
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The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 Reviews

Nothing in Britain surpasses the grandeur of Lakeland's central mountains. The route on this full-day trip is that fashioned by Emperor Hadrians's Roman ...  Read more

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

From USD $56.01
Private Tour: Lake District Day Trip from Windermere, Windermere, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Lake District Day Trip from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the beauty of the Lake District on this private full-day tour, led by an expert driver-guide and operated for you and your party only. Relax in the ...  Read more

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

From USD $100.01
Overnight Lake District Rail Trip from London, London, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Overnight Lake District Rail Trip from London

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Mix guided tours with independent sightseeing on an overnight trip to Lake District National Park from London. Arrive by train to the popular park for a ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $360.03
3-Day Lake District and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Multi-day Rail ... 
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3-Day Lake District and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 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 $332.03

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