Windermere Attractions

If you are planning a trip to England’s World Heritage Site, the Lake District National Park, take your time to explore five of the most beautiful lakes in the region:

Grasmere

Grasmere was also home to William Wordsworth when he lived at Dove Cottage, and it was here he was inspired to write some of his most famous poems. When Wordsworth lived here there were no buildings in front of his house and he had clear views to Grasmere Lake. The village is situated in the heart of the lakes and among some of the most stunning countryside in the region. Visitors can hire a rowing boat or enjoy a choice of walks around the lake.

Windermere

Windermere is the largest lake in England at 10.5 miles in length, and it is the most southerly lake in the region. When the railways first opened up the Lake District to tourists in the 19th Century, one of the first stations was at Windermere. The lake hosts the annual Great North Swim at Low Wood Marina, where over 10,000 swimmers take part in the largest open water event of its kind in the UK. Enjoy a trip on board a Windermere Steamer or enjoy the many lakeside pubs and restaurants in Bowness.

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Derwentwater

Known as the ´Queen of the Lakes´ Derwent Water is situated in the north of the Lake District, and enjoys a beautiful setting, surrounded by mountains. It is worth taking a walk along the top of Catbells on the west of the lake and enjoy stunning views to Keswick, Skiddaw and Blencathra. Keswick is situated at the north of the lake, and the Theatre by the Lake is also well worth a visit. Take a trip on a passenger boat around Derwent Water and stop off to stroll around shore.

Ullswater

Ullswater inspired William Wordsworth to write perhaps his most famous poem, Daffodils. Helvellyn towers over the west of Ullswater with Place Fell on the west, and one of the loveliest walks is around the south of the lake from Howtown. Visitors can take a boat from Glenridding to Howtown. The walk takes around 3 hours and the views are stunning. Aira Force, the most stunning waterfalls in the Lakes are also situated by Ullswater.

Wastwater

Wastwater is the deepest and most dramatic of all the Lakes and screes run down one side of the lake into the water. The area attracts many rock climbers. The lake is approximately 3 miles long and one third of a mile wide. The depth of the lake is 258 feet. It is one of the finest examples of a glacially 'over-deepened' valley. The surface of the lake is about 200 feet above sea level, while its bottom is over 50 feet below sea level.

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