Visit country’s largest lake

Windermere - For use with a valley article on possible monster lurking in lake
Windermere - For use with a valley article on possible monster lurking in lake

The towns of Windermere and Bowness enjoy one of the most stunning locations in South Lakeland.

Windermere town is close to the lake of the same name and Bowness is right on the shore.

Visitors flock to Windermere – England’s largest lake – to enjoy boat trips, walks in the foothills, shopping, eating out and exploring attractions such as the World of Beatrix Potter, The Glebe, Fell Foot Park, Blackwell Arts and Crafts House and Windermere Steamboat Museum. At ten-and-a-half miles long, Windermere is hugely popular for watersports and sightseeing.

Taking a boat trip on the lake is one of the best ways to experience the sublimely beautiful landscape.From the deck of one of the steamboats or large pleasure cruisers you can sail from Bowness to Ambleside or Lakeside near Newby Bridge.

You will pass Belle Isle – the largest of 18 islands on Windermere – which was once inhabited by a Roman governor and is now privately owned.Why not stop off to look around either or these destinations and then sail back to Bowness for a meal or a drink.The town of Windermere grew up around the railway station and is full of grand hotels and other imposing buildings.It has a thriving centre with a large number of shops and businesses.

You’ll find outdoor clothing shops, boutiques, gift shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants and much more.

Bowness is a short walk or drive down the hill from Windermere. It, too, boasts a thriving centre with many shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels and B&Bs.The views from the shore at Bowness are out of this world – picture postcard perfection.Bowness-on-Windermere has become Cumbria’s most popular tourist destination and it’s easy to see why.

Majestic cruisers sail to and from Bowness Pier throughout the day. It’s a lovely spot to sit and watch the boats as well as taking in the views of distant fells.Bowness is extremely popular with families as it is home to the World of Beatrix Potter. This attraction brings Beatrix Potter’s classic tales to life and re-creates the Lakeland countryside. Children can meet Peter Rabbit and his friends along the way.Visiting Windermere and Bowness refreshes the spirits and gives visitors a chance to relax in the most heavenly of settings.