Windermere has something for everyone and Bowness is a top spot for tourists looking for independently-run bars, restaurants, or a watersports adventure
There’s no denying that the Lake District is a beautiful place, it’s shown by the hundreds of thousands of tourists that flock to the area every year.
Windermere has something for everyone and Bowness is a top spot for tourists looking for independently-run bars, restaurants, a boat trip or to book a watersports adventure. It also offers a range of accommodations from luxury hotels to cute self-catering cottages.
The stunning destination offers a high standard of activities for visitors, a range of places to eat and drink, is in an ideal location and served by public transport and is also relatively safe. A recent study by boat insurance experts insuremy crowned Lake Windermere the second most Instagram-worthy site with over 1.1 million uploads on Instagram.
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The tourist hotspot is known for its stunning scenery and bountiful wildlife. You can jump on the short chain ferry ride to the magnificent ancient Claife Viewing Platform and soak in panoramic views of the open water and fells beyond.
There’s also an open-top bus you can jump onto, taking you through Bolton le Sands, Carnforth, Levens, Windermere, Ambleside, Rydal and Grasmere. You’ll often find people playing down by the water in summer and some people out wild swimming.
Bowness-on-Windermere is Lakeland’s most popular holiday resort. An excellent centre for boating activities, it has over 10,000 boats registered.
Until March 2005 Windermere was the only lake in the Lake District without a speed limit. A 10 mph limit has now been imposed. Steamers and launches operate from Bowness Bay to Waterhead at Ambleside, and Lakeside at the southern end.
At the southern end of the lake is Lakeside Pier, and Lakeside Station of the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Another popular attraction here is the Aquarium of the Lakes.
The only car ferry takes around 10 minutes to cross the centre of Windermere lake. It runs from Ferry Nab, just south of Bowness, to Ferry House at Far Sawrey and operates all year round.
The lake is today one of the prime destinations for water sports in the Lake District. Several marinas and Sailing and Windsurfing Centres are to be found on the shores. You will also find a large selection of Adventure Activity companies, guides and instructors for all abilities based around the lake.
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