Bowness-on-Windermere is the bustling and picturesque heart of the Southern Lake District, situated on the Western shore of Windermere, the largest lake in England at some 11 miles in length.
People come here to enjoy the facilities of the lake, sailing, fishing and watersports, or a trip on the famous Windermere Steamers. Boats from Bowness stop at Ambleside and Lakeside and make circular tours of the lake.
Many just come just to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the area and the town's delightful setting. A promenade skirts the lake, providing views over the pleasure harbour, the lake, and the surrounding fells. The many local attractions include the Windermere Steamboat Museum and the "World of Beatrix Potter" exhibition.