Stretching for 10.5 miles between Ambleside and Newby Bridge, Windermere isn’t just the queen of Lake District lakes – it’s also the largest body of water anywhere in England, closer in stature to a Scottish loch. It’s been a centre for tourism since the first trains chugged into town in 1847 and it’s still one of the national park’s busiest spots.

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I can’t think of a more idyllic, friendly or inspiring spot to visit.

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