Situated half a mile from the shores of the lake that bears its name, the small Cumbria town of Windermere is a delightful place that is popular with visitors of all ages.
The stunning lake – the largest freshwater lake in England – and surrounding Lake District National Park are reason enough to take a holiday in the town, but Windermere itself has much to offer, including a museum that is of great local interest and many older style buildings that give the town an untouched feel.
The pretty Main Road features an eclectic selection of shops that are of great interest to the visitor, and there are many traditional and long established pubs, as well as guest houses and hotels, in the area. With superb walking offered both along the lake, where boating is also an option, and in the surrounding hills this is an area that is very popular with the active tourist.
Windermere Steamboat Museum, Raiding Road, Windermere LA23 1BN (015394) 45565
Lake Windermere was the location for a ‘golden age’ of steamboats during the late 19th Century.
After the passing of this era, local builder George Pattinson decided to preserve its heritage and set about collecting the boats that form the collection at Windermere Steamboat Museum today.
Highlights of the collection include ‘Dolly’; listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest mechanically-powered boat in the world.