Windermere – England’s Largest Lake:
Windermere is England’s largest natural lake was formed following the melting waters of of retreating glaciers around 15,000 years ago.
The ice crept north through the valleys containing the rivers Brathay, Rothay, and Trout Beck.
All three rivers still feed into the 11-mile long lake to this day.
Overlooked by the Langdale Pikes, Windermere is considered the quintessential Lake District and draws people from all over the world.
Walkers and cyclists flock to the area to complete the 45mile loop of the lake.
Spectacular views from the top of Orrest Head changed the way of life for Alfred Wainwright, the Lake District’s most famous fell walker.
He first visited the area in 1930 as a 23-year-old from Blackburn in Lancashire.
Most visitors find themselves on, or in, the lake which is a haven for watersports and home to the Great North Swim.
Windermere also accounts for one-third of one of the world’s great canoe/kayak trials – the Three Lakes Challenge.
If you prefer to stay dry, you can hire a pleasure boat or jump on board one of the steamers.
Steamers run the length of the lake regularly throughout the day.
The Windermere Ferry crosses the lake roughly half way up the lake from Ferry House to Ferry Nab.
You can board the ferry with your car, or bike to cross the lake.
The landing points are at Far Sawrey or Bowness.
Windermere also hosts the annual stone skimming championship at Fell Foot Park.
There is so much to explore around Windermere if you only scratch the surface.