At 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, Windermere is England's largest natural lake. It is fed by numerous rivers and has three major settlements, in Bowness (on the east shore), Ambleside (to the north) and Pooley Bridge (to the south). Windermere attracts numerous tourists both because of its size and because of its location. Being at the southern end of the Lake District makes it more readily accessible to the industrial conurbations of Lancashire, Merseyside and South & West Yorkshire.
The shape of the lake poses a bit of a problem for west-east travel; the 10 mile length running from north to south and creating an effective barrier. A partial solution exists in the form of the cross lake ferry, which runs between the Ferry Nab and Far Sawrey terminals. In the summer, there can be a bit of a queue, but in late October, it is much less busy!
Typically, we arrived at Ferry Nab to see a ready loaded ferry about to leave :(
...but at least that gave me the chance to take a few photos :)
...before our turn came.