A bit of information about Lake Windermere…

54.20N, 2.57W

39m above sea level.

Max length; 17Km (11 miles)

Max width; 2Km (1.2 miles)

Max depth; 64m (off High Wray bay)

Average depth; 21.3m

Formed by the activity of the Pleistocene ice shelf.

Separated by Belle Isle into north and south basins of similar length.

Surface area; 15Km2

Volume; 01.15Km3

Length of shore line; 17Km

Catchment area; 231Km2

Average pH; 7

Fish; Arctic Charr, Brown Trout, European Eel, Common Minnow, European Perch, Northern Pike, Arctic Salmon, Common Roach, Common Rudd, Tench, European Bullhead, Stone Loach, Three Spined Stickleback.

Islands; 18. Many are called “holme” which is a Norse word, used locally, simply meaning “island”.
• Bee Holme
• Belle Isle(Largest, central & private with an important, historic Georgian round house visible from Bowness bay)
• Blake Holme
• Crag Holme - or Otter Holme
• Crow Holme – Once used as a kennel for Windermere Harriers hound pack.
• Fir Holme - or Birk or Birch Holme
• Grass Holme – the reeds giving its name have disappeared over the last few decades!
• Ladyholme or St Mary Holme after the chapel that used to be here.
• Lilies of the Valley East and West or the lilies, named after the flowers picked there by tourists rowing there in the 18th Century.
• Ling Holme
• Hawes Holme
• Hen Holme
• Maiden Holme
• Ramp Holme
• Rough Holme
• Snake Holme
• Thompson Holme or Tommy Holme or Tommy’s Holme
• Silver Holme – The inspiration for Cormorant Island in Swallows and Amazons.
Some islands can be visited by rowing boat. Belle Isle is private.

Ferry; from south of Bowness Bay to “Ferry Nab” and the road to the Sawreys and Hawkshead every 20 mins, most days.

“Steamers”; The Swan, The Teal, The Turn(?) and the Swift. Large (diesel powered) white vessels operating between Ambleside, Bowness Bay and Lakeside most days.

Rowing boats and “put-puts” are available seasonally from Ambleside, Bowness Bay and Fell Foot (NT)
Windermere yacht club and others hold races and events regularly.
Ambleside is at the North Eastern end but Waterhead is the part closest to the lake here.

Bowness on Windermere including Bowness Bay is about halfway down the eastern shore.

The town of Windermere is north east of Bowness and set away from the lake itself.

Lakeside is a small hamlet with visitor attractions at the south west end of the lake.

Hawksead is some distance from ferry nab via Far and Near Sawrey of Beatrix Potter fame.

Newby Bridge is at the very southern end of the lake.