Of all the places in the Lake District, it is Windermere the most well-known. Lake Windermere is the largest lake in the Lake District at just over 10 miles long. The village or Windermere itself is some distance from the Lake, and it is to Bowness on Windermere that the visitors flock. Here you can take a stroll on the promenade, hire a rowing boat or a self-drive motor or simply take a ferry ride across the lake.

Whilst spending the day in Windermere why not take a picnic to Brockhole Visitor Centre – home of the Lake District National Park Authority – the organisation that looks after the Lake District. The visitor centre has a variety of activities and has organised events throughout the year.

A short distance from the centre of Windermere is Holehird Gardens, home to the Lakeland Horticultural Society. The ten acre gardens are home to a variety of plants and Shrubs that are particularly suited to the terrain and climate of the Lake District.

If you are feeling energetic, then head up the track from Windermere to Orrest Head. The thirty minute walk isn’t too strenuous and you are rewarded with a fantastic view of Lake Windermere (weather permitting).

Windermere is the venue for the Great North Swim, Europe’s largest open water swimming event which is held in mid-June.