Windermere lake, at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in both the Lake District and in England. It is the essential experience for newcomers. Sure to whet the appetite for all the other lakes on offer, Windermere provide a full day-out without the need to use the car. Windermere Lake Cruises run services every day except Christmas Day, with small self-drive boats also available.
Getting there is easy too, either by train or road, being only half an hour from the M6 and the West Coast Main Line via the Lakes Line. With ducks to feed, swans to gaze upon; and even the Stone Skimming World Championships, a visit to Windermere is just the tip of the iceberg – albeit an essential one.