Lake Windermere is a large lake in Cumbria’s Lake District National Park. It is surrounded by scenic mountains and picturesque villages and is known as the largest natural lake in England. It is a ribbon lake formed in a glacial trough after the retreat of ice at the start of the interglacial period and is currently one of England’s most popular places for holidays since the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere Railway branch link in 1847.
Get Out on the Water
There are 5 large boating clubs around Lake Windermere as well as passenger and vehicle ferries so it’s easy for visitors to Lake Windermere to get on the water.
Visit the Steamboat Museum
Visitors to Windermere’s Jetty Steamboat Museum (a spectacular new museum on the shores of Windermere) will be treated to the sights, smells and sounds of life at Lake Windermere. The museum showcases steam launches, sailing yachts, motor boats and record-breaking speed boats. Visitors will also hear tales of workers and boat owners, their lives and adventures, and discover the fascinating developments in design and technology that drove boat-building in the Lake District.
Open Water Swimming
Open water swimming is popular at Lake Windermere and is even home to the annual Great North Swim which happens every June.