natural environment of windermere & bowness...
This 17km-long lake is fed by the rivers Brathay and Rothay at its northern end and outflows into the River Leven at its southern end. The lake holds the largest population of goldeneye ducks in the Lake District and is also noted for a species of fish called Windermere Char - a ‘relic' fish from the last Ice Age, traditionally ‘potted' into dishes and eaten as a local delicacy.
The short walk to Orrest Head is well worth the uphill effort, for at the top is an outstanding panoramic view of the lake and surrounding mountains. There are a number of ways of getting to the top all passing through Elleray Woods, noted for its varied bird and insect life (booklet available from the Tourist Information Centre in Windermere).
Other nearby viewpoints can be found at Biskey Howe, Post Knott, Hammar Bank and Queen Adelaide's Hill. The latter was named after Queen Adelaide, consort of William IV, who disembarked from her boat at Millerground to walk up the hill in 1840. Cockshott Point, a rocky promontory jutting into Windermere, provides magnificent views over the lake.