Windermere really is at the very heart of the Lake District National Park offering easy access to boat trips, a range of outdoor activities and some of the National Park's most popular attractions including nearby family friendly Brockhole Visitor Centre. Walking and outdoor activities around Windermere include the stunning Orrest Head walk from Windermere station which affords spectacular views across Lake Windermere, the Troutbeck Valley and Langdale.
The fantastic choice of water sports on Lake Windermere include sailing and canoeing available from a choice of outdoor activity centres. Windmere golf club just south of the town centre is one of the UK's most scenic golf courses and spectacular gardens are within easy reach just north of Windermere including the beautiful hillside gardens at Holehird and the National Trust's rhododendron rich Stagshaw Garden surrounded by Skelghyll Woods.
Windermere town is just half a mile from Bowness-on-Windmere and the Lake. Pick up boat trips on Lake Windermere at either Bowness Pier or at the family fun Brockhole Visitor Centre just north of Windermere town.
Boat trips on Lake Windermere, popular since the first sailing of 'The Lady of the Lake' on Lake Windermere in 1845, are not to be missed. Lake Windermere is England's largest lake at just over 10 miles long and 1 mile wide, and the choice of boat trips take in spectacular wooded islands like the privately owned Belle Isle and the beautiful wooded shoreline.
Lake Windermere boat trips sail the full length of the lake, with Yellow Cruises operating between Bowness and Lakeside in the south for attractions including the Lakes Aquarium, the Lakeland Motor Museum and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Red Cruises run between Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
Windermere boat trips open up a host of attractions in Ambleside, Lakeside and Bowness-on-Windermere, making it easy for visitors based in Windermere town to access attractions around the Lake and National Park. The half mile walk between the town and the lake is a pleasant, scenic one or alternatively buses run regularly from Windermere station to Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside.