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Windermere view voted nation's favourite

Posted 29 December 2011
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Windermere view voted nation's favourite
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Those going walking in the Lake District over the Christmas holiday may particularly enjoy the banks of England's largest lake as the vista from its shoreline has been voted Britain's favourite view - at least among older people.

Over-50s concessions website held a poll on the subject of the view people would like to enjoy on a festive walk, with 67 per cent plumping for Windermere, the Westmorland Gazette reports.

The website's managing director Peter Simpson told the paper: "It's not surprising that some of the most beautiful landscapes encompassing lakes, coast and hills, were among the top ten [views chosen]."

He added: "The magical view over Lake Windermere is clearly every walker's dream."

People inspired buy views of England's largest lake included the famous fellwalking author Alfred Wainwright.

He was captivated by the landscape after enjoying the panoramic view of the whole length of the lake - and the mountains beyond - from Orrest Head above Windermere Railway Station when he first visited the area in 1931.

Born and brought up in Blackburn, Wainwright subsequently moved to Kendal and penned his seven pictorial guides to the fells in the 1950s and 1960s.