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See the largest lake in England at Windermere

You can't go to the Lake District without being treated to stunning views all round, and Windermere is no exception. Situated in the heart of the national park in Cumbria, it's home to the biggest natural lake in England - at a whopping ten miles long, you can walk around it, take a cruise across it, or simply admire it against its mountain backdrop from one of the many viewpoints.

Potter around the quaint town centre

The town of Windermere itself is charming, with a small collection of independent shops as well as a number of outdoor stores. Between Windermere and neighbouring Ambleside, you'll find plenty of top-quality cafes and restaurants, too, so don't pack lunch - from freshly baked goods to traditional English pub grub, the food is too good to miss. Nearby, Holehird Gardens is a lovely place to spend an afternoon admiring the landscaped gardens.

Mountaintop views across the Lake District

Be sure to bring your walking shoes with you, because Windermere is home to some of the best walking trails in the Lake District. Climb Orrest Head for mountaintop views without the challenging incline of some of the other peaks, or head around Rydal Water for a picturesque lakeside setting perfect for a picnic. Fancy a challenge? Helvellyn, one of the highest mountains in England, is less than half an hour's drive away.

Planning a trip to Windermere? Travelodge Kendal Hotel sits at the centre of the popular Cumbrian town, while Travelodge Burton M6 Hotel is handily located on the M6 for easy access to Lancaster and the Lakes.