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.





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24th May, 2019

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5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Lovely cottage in a lovely village”

Lovely 4 bed cottage in pretty Cartmel.  Well equipped and spotless.

Comfy beds, modern bathrooms and plenty of parking space. A great base for Cartmel and the south lakes.

A short walk into Cartmel with its amazing Priory and charming racecourse. Plenty of places to eat and drink in the village. We enjoyed the Priory Hotel for simple quality food and The Cavendish for something a bit more adventurous. We will be back – Charles 

17th May, 2019

Bridgelands Cottage Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Excellent Property”

Very well appointed cottage.

Very clean, great location, everything you could want. Good communication with manager/agent.

Celia H.

3rd May, 2019

Sawmill Cottage Reviews

5 Star Review on Trip Advisor

“Lovely Cottage in a Perfect Location”

Stayed at Sawmill Cottage last week for a family reunion and we all loved it.

Great having the four en-suite bedrooms which are all a good size and nice big showers too, not to mention the beds which were soooo comfy.

The cottage is nice and spacious so eight of us didn’t feel crowded at all. It has recently been refurbished so has nice modern appliances and fittings yet manages to keep its old cottage feeling Lovely patio/garden area with a bench perfect for relaxing and looking out for the dippers and wagtails sitting on the rocks in the river.

Simon was extremely helpful, always quickly responding to any queries that we had.

We would definitely stay here again but my only concern about giving it a glowing review is that it’s going to be fully booked up and we may not be able to get in ? – John Mason, Lichfield Staffordshire