Where there is a lake, there are likely to be boats. And very often boats for hire, because for many people there seems to be nothing better than messing about in a small boat on a warm day.
Bowness on Windermere where we recently stayed for a couple of nights (click here for a view up the lake) is a boating centre. Plenty of boats for hire and it is also the departure point for cruises of up to three hours up or down the lake.
It’s a place to potter, to sit (but be prepared to be mobbed by a variety of ducks, geese and swans all expecting to be fed), or simply watch the world go by. I recommend sitting by water like this on a good day – it’s calming and relaxing. Pity I couldn’t have prescribed it to some of my patients.