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Lake District Tourist Information:
Windermere lake cruises
One of the most popular tourist 'Things to do " Lake Windermere being the largest lakes in th UK, as its own ferries which cris cross the lakes with ferry ports at Bowness on Windermere, Ambleside and lakeside were you will find the attraction Aquarium of the Lakes, Journey times are usually between 30 minutes to an hour so allowing you to take in the beauty of lake Windermere and the scenery the Lake District national park as to.

Bowness On Windermere
One of the focal towns that most tourists choose to visit when they visit the Lake District, Bowness on Windermere nestles on the shores of Lake Windermere a major tourist hotspot, with many shops, restaurants and activities associated with lake Windermere with boat hire and the location of the main ferry terminal for lake Windermere

Lake Windermere
Windermere Lake at over 12 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, and is the largest natural lake in England,nestled between the fells of the Lake District stretching from Ambleside right up to Waterhead, the Lake is fed by numerous rivers. the appeal of the lake dates back to Roman Times were they built a fort called Galava at its northern end (Waterhead), and it has always been an important waterway for movement of heavy materials. In teh 19th Century wealthy industrialists from the Mill towns of Norther England chose to have holiday homes on the shores of laek Windermere this creating the appeal of the area enjoyed by many visitors today

Lyth Valley
Lyth Valley Away from the main towns and lakes there are hidden valleys to be discovered. From the picturesque Lyth Valley, a popular damson growing area with some fine country pubs for sampling the local damson beer, to the dramatic scenery of the Langdales with their craggy pikes and hidden tarns, a well-known haunt for walkers and rock climbers

Ambleside
Located at the Northern end of Lake Windermere and being one of the major ferry terminal of Windermere Laek cruises, Ambleside offers an appealing attraction with its market town appeal, shops and restaurants with many hotels and restaurants, surrounded by the fells many walks around the < strong>Lake District national park commence in Ambleside and this as created the town to be one of the major tourist hotspots for the Lakes.

Lake District National Park
Lake District National Park was formed in 1951 to conserve the area considered of outstanding beauty bringing together several goverment bodies to regulate and preserve the area. Covering a vast area of Northern England from just North of Lancaster right up to Penrith and Carlise in the North ,The area as around 12 lakes and As well as the countless fells, several famous walks dissect the area: the Cumbria Way, the Dales Way and the Coast to Coast. For more leisurely walks, there are numerous lakeside paths, some of which are ideal for pushchairs and wheelchairs, and panoramic views can be reached easily from the centre of charming villages. The lakes supply a perfect venue for a multitude of Water Activities, from a gentle sail to a motor launch ride on Windermere or perhaps canoeing on one of the lakes or rivers. For keen cyclists there is a network of cycle paths, bridleways, forest trails and quiet roads providing a diversity of cycling opportunities both for the novice and expert.

Windermere
Our Syhonomous with any visitor to the Lake District Windermere which is situated in the heart of the Lakes offers a charming village with many traditional properties, a major gateway for visitors to the lake District with the only railway station serving the lakes with many shops, pubs and restaurants are all within easy walking distance with numerous walks on the fells from the door. It offers an excellent base for all the popular pursuits in this premier Lake District location. For an enjoyable experience whatever your age, take a cruise on one of the Lakes. Combine this with a ride on a steam train or on an open top double-decker bus. All are very rewarding and an excellent way to see the surrounding countryside,Windermere town was established around 1850 and developed as a tourist area for wealthy factory and Mill owners from the Industrial North of the UK. With the arrival of the Railways around 1850, Windermere quickly grew into a lively bustling town. Today steeped with the traditions of the 19th Century, Windermere is now a bustling cosmopolitan environment with cafes, bars and excellent restaurants ( our cottage is 50 metres away) Not only is the cottage in the centre of the beautiful Lake District National Park which you can enjoy the beautiful scenery the area has to offer but also the attractions of The National Park Visitor Centre at Brockhole between Ambleside and Bowness, and Wray Castle almost opposite Brockhole, and the first Lake District holiday home of Beatrix Potter. The natural splendour of the area has provided inspiration for great writers, poets, artists and craftsmen. Hill Top is where Beatrix Potter wrote her celebrated children's stories. The poet William Wordsworth spent many years in the village of Grasmere and his homes 'Dove Cottage', and in later years Rydal Mount, house many mementoes of the great man.

Grizedale
Grizedale Forest, south west of Hawkshead, has marked trails for cycling as well as walking and orienteering.

Trotters world of Animals
An award winning wildlife park set amidst the picturesque Lakeland Fells which is home to a wide range of animals from every corner of the world ranging from the critically endangered to the more traditional favourites

Aquarium of the Lakes, Windermere
More than 30 spectacular naturally themed habitats show the diversity of life in the Lakes.See Lakelands menacing Pike, eels, char and many more. Encounter playful otters as they forage around in their specially designed woodland Home complete with waterfalls and pools. Take a moment to watch them swirl and glide through the water. Experience the nocturnal activity of bank voles, water voles, harvest mice and the much maligned brown rat.

Coniston
Coniston The old slate and copper mining village of Coniston, dominated by its mountain the 'Old Man', provided a home for John Ruskin, who lived at Brantwood on the lakeshore from 1872-1900. A visit to his house can be combined with a leisurely cruise on this quiet lake, a perfect way to view the magnificent fells.



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