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“nice and relaxing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere
Windermere, England
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Windermere
Type: Outdoors
Activities: Sailing, Wind-surfing, Kayaking, Mountain biking, Camping, Swimming
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Owner description: More than ten miles in length, Windermere is England's largest lake that offers a wide variety of summer recreation including cruises, fishing, boating, sailing and scuba diving.
Durham, United Kingdom
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“nice and relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

wery nice ,i do recomend it to anyone even if its just for the day :) fish and chips unreal :) cruising is very nice also

Visited January 2014
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“what a lovely place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

we drove up here on a nice sunny winters day set off very early from Reading and took our time getting there about lunchtime. even though it was winter it was still quite busy but easyer to park. Not keen on water boats but the lake was very calm the view over the water was really nice. we found a nice cafe for some late lunch i would say though that it looked like they close early for winter which is a shame as we could have stayed longer with another coffee before we started our way back to find a hotel in morecombe

Visited January 2014
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“Bowness to Ambleside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Stunning views and location. The boat trip was one of our highlights of the trip - the views of the mountains in Ambleside is excellent. The two villages are very pretty with quaint shops and plentiful pubs. Be sure to brave the top of the boat for the trip back - one negative is the cost of £10 per adult return - I thought this to be quite expensive

Visited December 2013
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“Lakeside to Bowness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Delightful sailing to Bowness the commentary about lake Windermere and it's surroundings was very interesting. We did seem to have chosen a day when very large numbers of overseas tourists had the same idea, so the boat was very busy. However we enjoyed the trip and had some amusing moments when tourists wanted their photos taken!

Visited August 2013
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“Dead Windermere!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We used to visit Windermere every weekend and spent nearly 40 years enjoying the lake and surrounding area. Since the ban on water skiing the whole area has lost much of it's income. It was the boating people who spent in the area. Walkers etc take their own lunches and do not support local tradesmen The increased input from the National Trust a body who advertise their support of conservation in the area have now taken over many of the parks and grassed areas around the lake, making it unavailable to day trippers UNLESS they PAY to access their sites!
The roads are not suitable for the many coaches now on the roads taking bus loads of visitors to the various sites. Prior to the National Trust moving in for the kill all roads around the lake were relatively quiet with only private cars using them.
The National Trust have done a disservice to the area putting the next generation out of work as many of the jobs have disappeared. So much of the income in the area came from the regular part time residents on caravan sites who enjoyed the water skiing and sailing. There was no reason why the two could not be run side by side. No wind - ski, Wind - sail!
Congratulations to the National Trust on the increased income. The general public have lost!

Visited March 2013
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