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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Full-Day Tour of Lake District Highlights from York including a Scenic Lake Cruise, York, null
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Full-Day Tour of Lake District Highlights from York including a Scenic Lake Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy the highlights of the Lake District on this small-group day tour from York, including a cruise on the largest lake in England, Windermere, and time to ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.38
The Best of the Lakes Small-Group Day Trip from Windermere, Windermere, Day Trips
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The Best of the Lakes Small-Group Day Trip from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

See the best of the Lakes in this full day tour from Windermere. Only have one day in the Lakes? This tour takes you to the best scenery in the Lake District, ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.99
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 8 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 $98.98
The Lakes Photography Tour from Windermere, Windermere, Private Sightseeing Tours
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The Lakes Photography Tour from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

The Lake District tour for anyone who wants the best photo opportunities in the most beautiful landscape in England. Small groups and local guides who take you ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.54
Lake District Tour from Windermere: Ten Lakes in One Winter Day, Windermere, Photography Tours
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Lake District Tour from Windermere: Ten Lakes in One Winter Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 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 $39.59
High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick, Keswick, Full-day Tours
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High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Witness the grandeur of the Lake District’s central mountains and western fells on this full-day High Mountain Passes tour from Keswick. Traveling by ...  Read more

Location: Keswick, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.03
Private Full Day Lake Explorer Tour from Windermere, Windermere, Day Trips
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Private Full Day Lake Explorer Tour from Windermere

This Private Lake District full day tour explores the scenic highlights plus some hidden gems that cannot be seen from the tour bus window. It is a private ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $567.48

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