Kendal is an interesting old town whose Norman Castle is associated with Henry VIII's sixth and last wife Katherine Parr - who outlived him, though not without some sticky moments. Kendal has its splendid Brewery Arts Centre, and is picturesque with good shopping; and well worth a visit.
Windermere in the Lake District is ten and a half miles long and 219 feet deep it is England's largest lake. Boats can be hired from Waterhead, Low Wood, Bowness and Fell Foot Park. These vary from rowing boats to sailing boats or self-drive motor boats.
The town of Windermere lies ½ a mile from Lake Windermere, the town itself doesn't touch the lake, and is sometimes confused with the older town of Bowness which is about halfway down on the eastern shore and full of shops, restaurants, cafes, attractions.
Keswick on Derwentwater is a small but very attractive market town.
Ambleside is located in the centre of the Lake District at the head of Lake Windermere. Ambleside is a busy Lakeland market town with everything a visitor could want from outdoor shops offering tackle for walkers and climbers, craft shops, galleries and numerous cafe's and restaurants.
If you want to see a golden eagle but can't get to the Highlands of Scotland, you could try Haweswater where a male displays in the hope of attracting a mate. An observation point in spring and summer is reached from the western end of Haweswater, 1.25 miles (2 km) along an uneven path. Other upland and woodland birds can be seen in the area. Haweswater is a reservoir, made during the thirties by the enlargement of two natural lakes in the Mardale valley. This was a controversial development, yet this Lakeland dale has returned to nature and is a haven for rare wildlife.