Windermere is a place that not only boasts stunning views, but also an absolutely fascinating history and interesting trivia!
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England.
It was the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere Railway's branch line in 1847 that put the location on the map as a popular place for holidays and summer homes.
In 1895, visitors to Windermere would’ve been able to walk across the lake as it was completely iced over for six weeks!
It was known as "Winander Mere" or "Winandermere" until at least the 19th century.
It was formed 13,000 years ago during the last major ice age by two glaciers
The lake varies in width up to a maximum of 1.49 kilometres, and covers an area of 14.73 square kilometres. With a maximum depth of 66.7 metres and an elevation above sea level of 39 metres, the lowest point of the lake bed is well below sea level.
The lake contains 18 islands. The largest is the privately owned Belle Isle (40 acres) opposite Bowness.
On Friday 13th June 1930, Sir Henry Segrave broke the world water speed record on Windermere at an average speed of 158.94 kilometres per hour (98.76 mph). On the third run over the course, the boat capsized. Segrave's mechanic, Victor Helliwell drowned, and Segrave died a short time later of his injuries. He was one of the few people in history who have held the world land speed record and water speed record simultaneously.
Racer Norman Buckley set several world water speed records on Windermere in the 1950s.
Windermere Steamboat Museum is located on Rayrigg Road in Bowness, and includes a collection of vintage steam boats dating back to 1850, 5 sailing boats (the oldest built in 1780) and 2 dugout canoes. The museum has been closed since 2006 for refurbishment, but is set to reopen in summer 2017.
The first lines of William Wordsworth's poem, There was a Boy, are: There was a Boy; ye knew him well, ye cliffs And islands of Winander!
The children's books by Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons and the sequels Swallowdale, Winter Holiday, Pigeon Post and The Picts and the Martyrs, involve school holiday adventures in the 1930s around a fictional lake derived from a combination of Windermere and Coniston Water.
In the horror novel The Pike (1982) by Cliff Twemlow, a 12-foot long pike in Windermere goes on a killing spree. Two attempts have been made to film the novel.
Windermere is the setting for mystery novelist Elizabeth George's 2012 book Believing the Lie – the 17th in the Inspector Lynley series.
In November 2009, several scenes were shot on Windermere for Coronation Street, featuring Gail and Joe on their honeymoon.
Belle Isle features in The Wardstone Chronicles: The Spooks Mistake
Some people believe that there may be a lake monster, similar to the one alleged to live in Loch Ness, and it has been affectionately nicknamed “Bownessie.”
The novel Giant Killer Eels by Stuart Neild is set in the Lake District and features Bownessie-like monsters in Windermere and Lake Unsworth.