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Windermere Lake 10.5 miles long and has a depth of 220 feet. It is the largest natural lake in the Lake District and is also England’s largest lake. It is a ribbon lake and sits in a steep pre-glacial river valley. Sometime after the Last Glacial Maximum, the current lake was shaped roughly between 17,000 and 14,700 years ago. The lake is made up of 19 islands and Belle Isle is the largest of these islands. A great deal of the lake’s drainage region is under cultivation and the portion of lake bed is generally small making it a great environment for fishing and the lake is home to char, pike, trout and perch. Just over a mile from the lake you will find the small town of Windermere and this town and the areas around it are by far the most famed in all of the Lake District. There is so much to see and do here including: boat cruises & swimming and walking & hiking. Popular attractions include Fell Foot Park, Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Wray Castle and the World of Beatrix Potter. Over 1.2 million visitors sail on the lake every year and there is so much on offer here for all ages.