What can you do at the lake?
As we mentioned in our introduction, there are a few different ways that you can enjoy Lake Windermere, and not all of them involve getting wet.
At more than 10 miles in length and 1 mile wide, the lake is pretty large. So if you want to explore the lake fully, one of the best things you can do is explore it by boat. You have a number of options in this regard, including the option of boarding one of the Windermere Lake Cruises boats. A return trip around the whole lake will take you about 3 hours. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous you can hire your own small motor boat from one of the many companies operating at the lake. You should expect to pay no more than £40 per hour for this hire.
Visit Wray Castle
Wray Castle is a 19th-century castle owned by the National Trust and is well worth a visit if you like the idea of exploring a gothic castle. It sits at the Northern end of the lake, and even has its own jetty if you fancy arriving at the castle via boat. Rooms in the castle include a Peter Rabbit-themed room which is great for entertaining kids.
If you've visited Go Ape in other parts of the Lake District and you like the idea of an outdoor adventure park, then Brockhole will be right up your street. Popular activities include go-karting, archery, and even laser clay shooting!
There are a few towns dotted around the lake, but in our opinion, Ambleside is the best of the bunch. It was once a hub for the medieval wool trade and retains much of that charm, but is now full of interesting shops and cafes serving great food.