A Day At Lake Windermere

the lake district

To begin our long bank holiday weekend, my husband and I decided to take a three hour drive up to the Lake District yesterday and check out Lake Windermere for the first time. Both of us had heard so many great things about the Lake District but neither of us have had chance to go before.

Lake Windermere is England's largest lake standing at ten and a half miles long and 219 feet deep and features five very traditional and pretty lake side villages - Ambleside, Waterhead, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lakeside and Windermere itself. The lake is really easy to get around as there are many modes of transport all offering tours not only just round Windermere, but many lakes within the Lake District. There's a hop on, hop off with commentary about the history of Windermere and the lakes, ferry trips to other neighbouring lakes, regular buses and trains and of course boat cruises - ones where you can hop on and off at different islands or ones where you can sit back and enjoy 45 minutes admiring the beautiful scenery. 

lake windermere

We arrived at Lake Windermere at around 10'o clock in the morning and parked our car in a car park at Windermere Village. Windermere Village is approximately a 1 mile walk to the actual lake, but it's a great spot for finding parking and there's a higher chance of finding a car parking spot further from the Lake in peak times such as Bank Holidays. The bus was only £2 each to the lakeside and during our little ride, we were able to listen to the commentary and learn a little bit more about the place we were visiting.

lake windermere

Once we stepped off the bus, I was really taken aback by how beautiful Lake Windermere is and the amount of things you can do. I expected it to be rather quiet with people just walking their dogs and the odd sailboat. Instead it was an area filled with tourists from all over the globe, a lake that housed dozens of 40ft yachts and it was hard not to fall in love with all the quirky, independent shops in the tranquil, yet bustling villages.

the lake district

During our time at Lake Windermere, we ate ice-cream, walked along the marina and even rented a little boat and had our own little adventure on the water. The boat we hired was £30 for up to six people for an hour, which was more than affordable and a great way to really appreciate the views around Windermere. I had such a wonderful day and my husband and I are definitely looking to head back in the summer and spend a long weekend there or a few mores days so we can really explore the area. This year I promised myself I would do more 'UK Staycations' and so far I'm learning a lot about the country I live in and have realised over the years that there are so many places I have been missing out on, the Lake District being one of them.

Have you been to the Lake District before?






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17 comments

  1. This sounds like a great experience. I had never heard of Lake Windermere - wonder where the name comes from, since "mere" sounds like the Dutch "meer" (lake) and the German Meer (sea). I like hop-on/hop-off tours with commentary and also love independent shops.

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  2. Oh, just looked it up and the "mere" part is Old English. The origins of the Winder part are not fully understood, that is, there are several possibilities.

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  3. I have been there once, years ago, would love to go again another time x

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  4. I have been a few times & enjoyed it. Such lovely photos of your trip :)

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  5. I haven't been to the lake district for years, it is one beautiful place though. x

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  6. I've never been to the lake district. It looks very picturesque!

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  7. I would love to visit Lake Windermere, maybe next year :)

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  8. No I haven't but it sounds like an amazing place.

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  9. I LOVED Windermere, it was such a beautiful place to stay for the night! H x

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  10. Looks like a beautiful place <3 Thanks for sharing!

    xo Azu

    www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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  11. Such a beautiful place. We traveled south to the mainland a couple summers ago to stay at the Lake District and we really enjoyed it. So beautiful!

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  12. I absolutely love Lake Windermere and have visited lots of times. I hope to go again one day soon to take my youngest son for his first visit. Lovely photos. Kaz x

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  13. oh wow not a place I have of yet visited but you make it look magical

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  14. I absolutely LOVE going to the Lakes. Windermere is one of my favourite places because it is so beautiful xxx

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  15. Ah I love the Lake District, though its been way too long since I;ve visited!

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  16. I've been here!! I had a lovely summer in the Lake District a few years back :) It's so beautiful!

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  17. I LOVE the Lake District, we have had many holidays there and my husband proposed halfway up Helvellyn, so it will always have a special place in my heart.

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