Tourist Information in Cumbria and The Lake District
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Windermere Town Information

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No visit to the Lake District would be complete without a trip to these twin ‘villages’, which offer the perfect window of opportunity for further exploration, whether by car, bicycle, Shanks’ pony – or even by boat. Beware, though, because this is one of Lakeland’s most popular destinations.

Waterfall in Sherrifs Walk - Photo © Phil Kirby
Waterfall in Sherrifs Walk - Photo: Phil Kirby CCL

Cruising on Windermere - Photo © Barry
Cruising on Windermere - Photo: Barry CCL

Windermere itself sits above the famous 10-mile lake while Bowness-on-Windermere is the main centre for tourism. The lake is awash with boats although landlubbers can take a look through the pages of boating history at the Windermere Steamboat Museum, which has a fine collection of mainly steam-powered craft, while the ‘World of Beatrix Potter’ brings to life the author’s most famous children’s characters.
The Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre has exhibitions on Lakeland and its past.
The ‘black’ magician Aleister Crowley settled here for a time, and so did the poet William Wordsworth who lived to regret the fact that his work inspired thousands of his fellow countrymen to follow his lead and ‘invade’ the Lakes with the advent of the railway age.

View over Lake Windermere - Photo: Kevin Sheldon
View over Lake Windermere -
Photo: Kevin Sheldon