Lake Windermere, in the Lake District, is the largest natural lake in the United Kingdom and an inspiration for countless artists, poets and writers. Lake Windermere is what is known as a ‘Ribbon lake’ describing the formation and type of erosion that took place at the time it was formed by the flow of water and movement of glaciers. Since the railway network opened the Kendal and Windermere branch line in 1847, it has become one of the UK’s busiest holiday and tourist destinations and is famous for water sports and fishing. The lake is home to a good variety of large fish including, pike, roach, perch, brown trout and Ferox Trout. It is also famous amongst anglers for containing arctic char.
Water-skiing, wakeboarding and knee-boarding are amongst some of the water sports that the lake is used for but Lake Windermere has much more to offer visitors looking for more tranquil pastimes.
The location is truly a place of natural beauty and a rich heritage of culture. It has been the inspiration for many artists, writers and famous poets such as, Robert Southey, William Taylor Coleridge and, best known of all, William Wordsworth.
Adults and children alike have enjoyed the stories and drawings of Beatrix Potter and visitors to Windermere can visit her cottage at Hill Top, near Sawrey, and see all the wonderful characters. The home is now in the hands of the National Trust and open to visitors on a seasonal basis.
The lake is enjoyed by private boat owners and public ferries take visitors up and down throughout the season with guides giving talks about points of interest.
Lake Windermere is in the heart of the Lake District National Park and is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. Otters, water birds and other water life are present at the lake. It is a recognised
location of special scientific interest as some of the sediment dates back many thousands of years, enabling scientists to observe geological and climate changes across the centuries.
Although a place of true beauty it also has a darker entry in the history books
On Friday 13th June 1930, Sir Henry Segrave, already famous for his speed records, was at the controls of his speedboat Miss England II, making an attempt to challenge the water speed record. On-board with Sir Henry was his mechanic, Victor Halliwell.
The speedboat took off across the lake and clocked up a new record of 98.76 mph. However, on a return attempt the boat hit something in the water and capsized killing Victor Halliwell. Sir Henry was pulled unconscious from the water and critically injured. He was taken to hospital where he regained consciousness just long enough to be given the bitter sweet news that they had indeed broken the old record. However, tragically a few minutes later Sir Henry Segrave died of a haemorrhage.
Lake Windermere is reputed to have a ‘spectre’ that warns the local inhabitants of pending doom. It is said that a ‘White Horse’ appears on the lake and walks on the water from shore to shore signalling that harm is about to befall the area.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere
Cumbria, England, LA23 3HB
+44 (0)1539 442 177
- Address: Glebe Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, United Kingdom, LA23 3HE
- GPS: 54.362025,-2.923847
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: LA23 3HE
- Entrance Fees: Free access to lakeside
- Disabled Access: Good mobility impaired access to shoreline
- Visibility from Road: Excellent
- Image Credits: Header Image: Chris 84