View of Lake Windermere from Waterhead

Lake Windermere

 

Windermere is England’s largest lake at over 10 miles long, over a mile wide in the widest part and 219 feet deep.

The lake is a ribbon lake formed in a glacial trough after the retreat of ice in the ice age. It has been one of the country’s most popular places for holidays since the arrival of the railway’s in 1847.

The lake has several villages dotted along it. At the southern end of the lake is  Lakeside and Newby Bridge where you can find the Lakes Aquarium, the Haverthwaite Steam Railway and the terminus for the Windermere Lake Cruises and ‘Steamers’.

At the mid way point of the lake is the very popular village of Bowness-on-Windermere with the village of Windermere and it’s  railway station a mile inland.

Bowness has a good Tourist Information Centre, shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and lots more. Down by the lake you can soak up the bustle of the steamers arriving and departing at Bowness Bay pier and you can also hire small motor boats and rowing boats.

Ambleside and Waterhead lie at the northern tip of the lake. Ambleside is a bustling town of outdoor equipment shops, bookshops, gift shops, cafes and restaurants and a cinema. Nestled in the valley between several high fells, it’s the start and end point for many walks.

The Windermere Cruise boats and Steamers call at Waterhead where you can also hire small motor boats and rowing boats.

Lake Windermere has many activities on and around the lake, as you’d imagine with it being England’s longest lake. If you don’t want to participate in these activities you can sit on 1 of the many hillsides and watch the yachts and boats at your leisure. Speed boats are now banned from the lake to preserve it’s tranquility.

Hers is my photo taken from the top of Orrest Head, just a 30 minute minute walk uphill from Windermere train station.

WINDERMERE by me

 

 

 


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Reviews

8th April, 2019

Bridgelands Cottage Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Weekend away”

What a lovely cottage in an amazing part of the world. The cottage had everything we needed.

The village of Cark is very friendly for both children and dogs. There is a lovely safe walk to Cartmel which was enjoyed by all of us. Will defo return 🤗 – Sara, Burnley

31st March, 2019

Carree Cottage Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Lovely comfortable Cottage!!”

We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely comfortable cottage. Cottage is pet friendly too and our pet dog “George” really enjoyed his stay and was very relaxed staying in the cottage.

We loved the whole layout and it was so well equipped. Spotless bed linen and towels also.The real log fireplace was really cosy to light on an evening after enjoyable long /short walks.

We really enjoyed looking up at the star filled sky on a clear night from the cottage garden. It’s in such a lovely peaceful place. It’s in a great location too. Lovely friendly pub “The Engine Inn” is less than 2 minutes walk away. Handy grocery shop/general store “Londis” is also less than 2 minutes away.

Simon has thought of everything and his recommended walks written in the guest book were a great help.

We will highly recommend staying in your cottages to family/friends/colleagues. Thank you!! – Liza

22nd March, 2019

Cartmel Hill Reviews

5 of 5 Review on ‘Trip Advisor’

“Amazing house!”

We can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed Cartmel Hill.

The house is beautiful, even nicer than expected, so spacious. Lots of room for our group of 7, so nice to have so many bathrooms and living space to spread out when we wanted.

The summer house is awesome, what a wonderful place to have a glass of wine and play some games at night.

Cartmel village is wonderful, so many friendly people and great shops and restaurants.

We loved taking the public footpaths through the forest to get to the village. Also enjoyed exploring the footpaths up the hill from the house – what views!!

Simon is a great host, house was easy to find thanks to his directions. We hope to come back to Cartmel one day and wouldn’t hesitate to book Cartmel Hill again. Thanks Simon! – Gillian Pettersen – Prince George, British Columbia, Canada