Windermere is England's largest and longest natural lake, it
10.5 miles long and 1 mile wide at
its widest point.
In 1939 Alderman H Leigh Groves gave the Windermere Urban
Council £9,000 to buy the bed of the Lake from the Earl of
Lonsdale. In 1974 ownership passed to South Lakeland District
The lake and its surroundings are an important recreational
area and attract a high number of visitors, especially in the
summer months. Popular pastimes include canoeing, rowing,
sailing, motor boating, cruising, fishing, walking, cycling, horse
riding and other informal recreational activities.
The lake is an important site for nature conservation but it
is also a source of drinking water as well as receiving treated
waste effluents. Scientifically, Windermere is one of the
most intensively studied body of fresh water in the
Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere and Ambleside are the main
villages around the lakeshore where you can find accommodation,
shops, restaurants, pubs and other attractions.
Post: Lake Wardens, Ferry Nab, Bowness-on-Windermere,
Cumbria LA23 3JH
Tel: 015394 42753