Lake Windermere

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Lake Windermere
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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.
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T B
York, UK1,052 contributions
Oct 2021
If you make it past the giant white swans acting as bouncers at the ticket office then out on the Great Lake you’ll be treated to an amazing, autumnal adventure.
The 45 minute islands tour is just long enough in this October weather and £10 a person could be better value but kids under 5 are free which made up for it slightly. Some interesting points of interest announced over the tannoy also. You’ll also get to see where the other half live. Enjoy!
Written October 26, 2021
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Hardeep B
London, UK25 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We booked a luxury private boat with Windermere Boat Cruises for 2 hours for £70 for 2 of us.

The boat was clean and presentable, the life jackets were also clean and you could see someone wiping down the returned life jackets with a sanitising solution which filled me and my partner with confidence.

We arrived earlier then required and the guy at reception Ahmed said we had 20 mins before our safety briefing and pointed out a ice cream bar called Choc dip ice cream. The ice cream was 10/10.

The boat was self drive and was self explanatory to drive although a thorough how-to briefing was given.

All in all a really nice experience and would recommend this to anyone staying in the area.
Written July 13, 2021
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Honest Reviewer
Penkridge, UK131 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We visited Lake Windermere in July and were really impressed. Bowness is a nice little town with plenty of establishments. We used Windermere Lake Cruises to hire a self-drive boat for a 2 hour period. This was really enjoyable and only cost us £70 for two people.
Written July 6, 2021
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RaynesMark
Wimbledon214 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
Windermere may be the largest, most famous and most popular of the lakes, but I must say it is was underwhelming. The lake is portrayed on TV as peaceful and relaxed and this is rather misleading for it is choked with tourists and does not have the same mountainous backdrop of the other lakes. Much of the lake district is inaccessible to the general public as much of the land is privately owned. While this may benefit the environment it confines tourists to small, crowded pockets on some but not all of the lakes.

Ambleside - Lake Windermere

Please note there are really two Ambleside's, the village and the part of the town that sits on the lake. Ambleside village is well worth a visit in its own right, with a decent little bakery, some decent cafes, shops and a quirky old stone house bridging a little river (almost runs dry in the summer). The Ambleside by the lake you see on Country file is a good 25 minute and ugly walk from the village. If you want a parking space here you had better start out early in the day. This is where the boats and ferries depart from and parking is pretty limited. Please note pre-booking on-line of boat trips seems to be required at the moment. There is a decent cafe on the shore, a chip shop that charged me well over £1 for a can of coke, a couple of decent pubs, a shell and trinket shop run by a guy from Blackpool and for some reason a pet shop. Now all of this activity is in a very confined space, even if you include the adjacent lake side park and fields beyond. My tip would be to visit Ambleside by the lake in the evening, it is easier to park and has a real nice ambience about it around the pubs as the sun goes down
Written July 25, 2021
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dnowland_12
Leeds, UK4,344 contributions
May 2021
Lake Windermere is a wonderful place to visit if the weather is favourable, the scenery is second to none. Most of the activity is on the eastern side of the lake around Bowness and Ambleside but be prepared to mingle with lots and lots of tourists.
Car parks are not the cheapest, and that's if you can find a space, but it is still a wonderful area to visit and enjoy, cameras at the ready folks!!
Written May 14, 2021
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Angus Chan
Bristol, UK66 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
It looks great and easily holds proud as the largest lake in the Lake District however it is so busy with tourists it's quite a hectic environment. Parking was a pain to find it took hours! Also loads of birds so it's a bit messy too.

I'd recommend some of the neighbouring lakes that are a bit smaller and are very very quiet with people so it's much more relaxing.

Written July 18, 2021
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mannygl73
Margate, UK62 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We are staying in Windermere in a private cottage so went to the lake today and were surprised by how many people were there. Not much social distancing happening and even less masks. The shops all followed guidelines as did the restaurants and cafes. Decided to come back in a few days when it is expected to be a bit quieter. One thing that has taken my full attention is being able to hire a boat I can drive myself, at £50 for two hours seems like a great deal
Written September 12, 2020
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Kim
Derby, UK96 contributions
Jul 2021
The size of this lake is quite spectacular, however, it was very disappointing. Before visiting the lake, my partner looked at the reviews and was laughing at someone saying that it was very touristy, when the person was a tourist themselves. However, I completely get what they meant and were saying. It really is touristy. instead of feeling like I was in a rural peaceful setting, it felt like I was down Bournemouth beach (not that there is anything wrong with Bournemouth beach but not the setting I would expect at the Lakes). The plan for the day was to walk around part of the lake, find a nice spot, relax and have a bit of a paddle. However, it is very difficult to actually reach any part of the lake. It is either privatised or used for boats. We did get a boat tour to Lakeside, so we could see just how large the lake is, but other than that, there really is not much to do unless you have pre-booked some private boats or to do water sports, which this place would be good for. However, for walking I would definitely recommend the many other lakes int he surrounding area.
Written August 5, 2021
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK4,600 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We visited The Lakes, staying a few miles away from Lake Windermere. We therefore visited or drove through a few times on our weeks holiday.
As others have commented it is the most touristy area (particularly Bowness, where you get the boats) lots of cafes & restaurants. As lockdown 2021 restrictions hadn’t been fully lifted at the time of our visit it felt quite quiet. In fact many places were not yet reopened.
Lake Windermere though is the largest of The Lakes so if you travel a bit further around it, away from the main tourist spots you can find some quieter areas.
It is very picturesque & a boat trip on it is a must.
Written June 12, 2021
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Greta H
9 contributions
Oct 2021
Never been before but will go back. The lake views are spectacular on a good day, not so great in the rain. Lake is so big with wonderful walks to choose from. Not many places to park for free and it's quite expensive but worth it to get the experience
Written October 23, 2021
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