When visitors first come to the Lake District, likely as not they’ll come toWindermere. Indeed, for many visitors,Windermere IS the Lake District. However, those who explore no further than the outdoor shops and tea-rooms of Bowness and Ambleside are missing out on some terrific walking country – particularly the range of hills overlooking the lake. Hard-core walkers head for the higher hills, while day-trippers tend to stick to the lakeside towns. This means that the network of tracks and paths aroundWindermere are seldom crowded, even on the busiest of Bank holidays. The lake itself is the main attraction, of course – whether seen from a height, from the shore or from one of the boats that offers a regular passenger service between Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside. Walks can be combined with a trip on the car ferry, or a ride on the Lakeside-Haverthwaite railway. However, there are many other attractions too.