UK Travel Guide



Windermere & Bowness in Cumbria

A popular sailing and boating center, Windermere is a popular resort town located a mile away from Windermere Lake, the largest lake in Europe. After the installation of a railway in 1847, the town developed into a popular resort now offering many outdoor activities, including, horseback riding, water skiing, boating, fishing and golfing. Windermere is also the starting point for organized tours of the area. During the summer, Windermere offers a regular ferry service that takes passengers from Hawkshead to Bownes and provides a relaxing way to see the lake. The average boat trip lasts about one hour and covers the entire length of the lake of ten and a half miles. Orsett Head, a 784-foot hill, provides the best vantage point of the lake land. Some of the finest collections of boats in the world can be found in Windermere's Steamboat Museum where everything from ancient steamboats dating back to 1850, to yachts and racing motorboats are kept at the dock of the museum. One antique steamboat, the S.L. Osprey, is available to take museum visitors across Lake Windermere.