Activities around England’s longest Lake, Windermere

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With such spectacular scenery, Lake Windermere attracts thousands of tourists each year from anglers, to canoeists to yachtsmen and dingy owners.

Much of the attraction and draw to Windermere is the Lake and many activities are centred around it. Cruises on Lake Windermere are particularly popular are truly worth going on as the magnificent scenery can be taken in fully. Starting from the south of the lake and Newby Bridge is where you will be. Continuing up the lake and you pass Cartmel Fell, Far Sawrey, Bowness-on-Windermere, High Wray and the lake comes to an end at Waterhead, only a short walk into the centre of the bustling Ambleside. The views are of course sights to be hold all the way down but the most spectacular are towards the north of the lake where the Fairfield Horseshoe, Great and Little Langdale and Coniston Old Man are in view. The Windermere Marina continues to thrive with around 400 boats having mooring there, which is the largest inland marina in the North of England.

Windermere is an ideal base for exploring Cumbria – the Lake District. As well as only being 20 minutes by car from the M6 motorway, Windermere also has a bus and train station. The train line being connected to Oxenholme-The Lake District for the West Coast Mainline (London to Edinburgh).

The Lake District itself is a treasured place of scenic beauty made famous by literary figures including William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The landscape offers so many possibilities for those interested in outdoor activities from walking and cycling to climbing, watersports and golf.

The region boasts many well known lakes such as Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Wast Water and Coniston, all of which can be accessed from Windermere within the day. Cumbria – the Lake District is also home to many famous mountains including Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Scafell & Coniston Old Man to name but a few, afterall, this National Park is as famous for the bodies of water as the fells!

windermere lake district

The region offers a wide range of leisure pursuit and outdoor activities, including:
Tours:
Lakes Supertours
Mountain Goat

Golf:
Carus Green Golf Club
Kendal Golf Club
Windermere Golf Club

Horse Riding:
Holmescale Riding Centre
Rookin House Farm

Sailing:
OB Sailing in Windermere
Ark Sailing

Canoeing:
Windermere Canoe and Kayak Centre

Bike Hire:
Country Lanes in Windermere
Windermere Canoe and Kayak Centre

After a hard days walking or taking part in one the activities above, it is important to know you’ve got a comfortable hotel room to go back to. Surrounding the town, and all the way down to the lake, are a plethora of places to stay. Boutique and niche hotels are now the places to be for anyone visting Windermere for a night away, short break or holiday. Being a quality destination suitable for young and old, Windermere has an excellent choice of restaurants and they really are spoilt with the amount of fantastic local produce which will be very welcome after a full day breathing in the Lake District air.

Where to stay:
Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere Village – choose from luxury rooms and hot tubs suites.
Where to drink:
The Crafty Baa for a selection of over 150 craft beers and ciders. Contact 015394 88002