Union Jack English Lake District History and Tourist Attractions Cumbria, England
English Lake District History and Tourist Attractions Cumbria, England
Union Jack English Lake District History and Tourist Attractions Cumbria, England

 

BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE AND WINDERMERE
THE ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT A BRIEF HISTORY
AND ITS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

 

PART III
WINDERMERE AND BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE

 

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BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE AND TOWN OF WINDERMERE

 

While the town of Windermere lies approximately 1 ¼ miles, (2 kilometres), from the lake it is Bowness-on-Windermere that lies at the water's edge. The town of Windermere takes its name from the lake and not vice versa as the town came into existence only after the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere Railway in 1847. Before that time, in the area, there was only a small hamlet known by the name of Birthwaite. Apparently the change of name was for commercial reasons, taking advantage of the new commercial appeal of the lake. Originally there was a project to extend the railway as far as Ambleside but this was prevented by preservationists.

William Wordsworth lamented coming of railway and predicted that the influx of tourists would spoil the natural appeal of the lake. He was right. The railway opened the area up to all and sundry and the centuries old seclusion of the area rapidly came to an end.

Bowness-on-Windermere has more history. It began as a small fishing village and the older character of Bowness-on-Windermere can be seen in the characteristic narrow streets around St Martin's church. It was the rapid development of Windermere during the latter half of the 19th century that caused Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere to become almost as one. Together they attract a disproportionate number of holiday makers

For many, a visit to the Lake District means a visit to the twin towns of Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere, a tour of the shops and a boat trip on the lake.

The towns and villages around the lake are extremely popular tourist centres offering numerous attractions and also facilities for yachting. Steamers operate during the summer enabling tourists to visit and admire the beauty of the lake.


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