Lake Windermere
Windermere, South Lakes

Details for Lake Windermere

Thinking about a dip
Boat jetty Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake to be found in England; it is 12 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep. Several rivers run into this huge lake, which gets its name from the Scandinavian for 'lake of a man Vinandr'.

In the 1930's Windermere was privately owned, and then the Sheriff at the time bought the lake and gave it to the local people living in and around Windermere. Today the District Council owns the lake and it is their responsibility to look after the jetties and moorings, Windermere is the main attraction for many visitors to the Lake District.

Fishing has always been an important industry to Windermere and during the Second World War perch were fished from the lake as a substitute to sardines. Today fishing still takes place and charr which are a relation of the salmon and a local delicacy are fished using traditional boats between the months of July and October. Charr are fished for by trailing bright spinners into deep water as fisherman row along the lake causing the spinners to move continually - known as 'trolling'.

The Lake's most popular holiday resort is Bowness-on-Windermere it is an excellent centre for boating and there is over 10,000 boats registered at the centre! Steamers and launches can operate from Bowness Bay to Waterhead at Ambleside, and Lakeside at the southern end. Many visitors enjoy canoeing, rowing, yachting, swimming and fishing on the lake. Since March 2005 a 10 mph speed limit has been imposed on the lake to reduce boating accidents and preserve the lakes shoreline.

Bowness-on-Windermere is busy most of the year round as people often come to relax and enjoy the town and its delightful setting. Many of the buildings...