Windermere, England
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Windermere is England's longest lake and stretches 11.5 miles from Waterhead near Ambleside in the North to Lakeside at it's narrow southern end.

Wooded slopes dotted with houses line it's shores and the water itself is nearly always busy with ferries, yachts, speed-boats and water-skiers - it's the only lake in the Lake District which has no speed limit for water traffic.

Ambleside, at the head of the lake, is a small village with restaurants, hotels and small shops which do a thriving business in the tourist season.

Like all the lakes, if you want to see if at its best, then you must either visit in winter or be an early riser - 4.30 am should be early enough.