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Windermere UK

Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, the Cumbrian town of Windermere is renowned for its iconic lake and mountain scenery. During your visit, you’ll find yourself close to some of England’s best peaks, accessible by steamboats across Windermere Lake – the largest in England. Alternatively, some of Britain’s most famous hiking trails, once navigated by Wainwright himself, with routes taking you to the likes of Orrest Head and Wray Castle, where you’ll be able to spot deer and enjoy parochial views of the lake below.

During your time in Windermere, you’ll find yourself in a prime location to visit stately homes once owned by important figures of the Victorian era. After spending a morning in a traditional tea room, head to National Trust sites like Sizergh Castle, Brantwood or Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter. Alternatively, visit Lake Coniston – the location of Donald Campbell’s famous water-speed record, where you can enjoy kayaking and hikes up the Old Man – a famous mountain offering views of the Blackpool Tower.

Historically part of Westmoreland, Windermere has been a popular tourist destination ever since 18th century industrialists looked to escape the pollution of the city and settle in the country. Windermere lake itself was formed over 17,000 years ago when the British and Irish glaciers melted, while the name of the town has Germanic origins dating back to the 12th century. Today, the town benefits significantly from its train station and motorway links, attracting tourists from across Europe.


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