Windermere is the largest lake in England. It is dwarfed by many other lakes around the world; some so large they carry sea-going traffic. Windermere, at just over 10 miles long, has no such ambition. It hosts popular cruises and water sports. Its western shore is a peaceful location even at the height of summer.
There are restrictions on the use of Windermere. There is a strictly enforced speed limit so that no one can spoil the enjoyment of others or have a negative impact on the environment.
Cumbrian Cottages by Lake Cottage Holiday have accommodation available close by for anyone wanting to make their base near this beautiful lake.
There are many other lakes that are certainly worth researching and perhaps this list is one to look at before any others:
- Ullswater near Ambleside
- Coniston Water
- Derwentwater near Keswick
This is the second largest lake after Windermere. There is a ferry going the length of the lake so perhaps you might consider leaving the car at one end and walking its length. Rather than getting too ambitious you can catch the ferry to get back to your car.
Aira Force is a good excuse to stop halfway. It is a very impressive waterfall. The best vantage point for views over the area is Gowbarrow Fell. Ullswater is generally quieter than Windermere incidentally.
This was the venue for many speed records. Sir Malcolm Campbell began things and his son, Donald, followed in his footsteps. Donald was killed there when his boat broke up in 1967 when it was estimated he was travelling at 320 mph.
There is a ferry on Coniston and one point of interest on its shore is Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin who was variously a critic, a mathematician and a philosopher.
This lake has been described as the ‘Queen of the Lakes.’ Its proximity to the popular market town of Keswick means that there are visitors aplenty. Keswick is an excellent starting point for any visitor to the Lakes and it is geared up to cater for every tourist need from outdoor equipment to bars, cafes and restaurants. It goes without saying that there are many accommodation alternatives.
This lake has been popular since the 18th Century. Tourism was not the most important part of the local economy then. The last slate mine at Honister is worth seeing whilst appreciating Buttermere’s beauty.
It is decidedly quieter than some of the lakes because it is more remote. That certainly has benefits of course. It is a location where you can relax and forget any idea of crowds. Because it is quieter it may be a good location for seeing the red squirrel that has few strongholds left in the UK.
There are many more lakes to think about; Wast Water, Thirlmere, Bassenthwaite and Hawes Water are just a few examples. Over time you may see them all; they will always enchant you.