England’s largest natural lake is over 10 miles long, with secluded bays, 18 wooded islands and surrounded by mountain ranges. The lake was created when glaciers retreated over ten thousand years ago. The Romans built Fort Galava at Waterhead and Viking farmers settled around the lake in in the 10th Century. In 1847 the railway arrived turning the lake into a popular tourist attraction. Windermere lake cruises operate all year round with tours of varying length. Spend the whole day on the lake with a Freedom of the lake ticket or sail to Wray castle and walk the western shore. Plenty of water sports are available and self drive and rowing boats to hire.