England's largest natural lake is located in the Lake District National Park. It is 17 kilometers long and between 400 and 1500 meters wide. There are 18 islands in Winderemere, the largest is more than one kilometer long and is served by excursion steamers. Picturesque, partly wooded hills line the lake, where you can go for easy hikes. In the north the higher furs rise, as one calls the hills of the Cumbrian Mountains overgrown with grassland. On the north shore lies Ambleside, a pretty village with 2,600 inhabitants and starting point for mountain hikes, mountain bike tours and other excursions in the Lake District.
Across a range of hills to the largest lake in England
The hike leads to the Claife mountain range with its larch-wooded sheep pastures and small lakes. Via Far Sawrey, in the shade of old trees, you descend to the Windermere with its fern-rich green forests and the lake dabbed with numerous sailing boats, behind which the scenery of majestic fells is revealed. Passing Wray Castle the hike leads back to Hawkshead through graceful, small parcelled landscape. (Round trip: 19.7 kilometers, 5 hours, up and down: 298 meters).
Village idyll in the Lake District
The village ten kilometres west of Windermere is considered one of the most traditional in the Lake District with its stone cottages in Market Square. On Main Street, an ivy-covered country house houses the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which exhibits pictures by the children's book author and illustrator who died in 1943. The upper-class lawyer's daughter, raised by governesses, had started writing against her parents' will and became a successful sheep farmer in the Lake District in the second half of her life.
National Trust Touring Pass
On a viewing pulpit over the Windermere
“Windermere from different perspectives” is the motto of this hike. From the bathing perspective on the lake shore, you work your way up to an ever wider view, which besides the Windermere includes the Loughrigg Fell and the Langdale Pikes. A detour to the remains of the Roman garrison and a waterfall round off the tour. (Round trip: 11.4 kilometers, 3.45 hours, up and down: 600 meters).