Windermere Lake Cruises

“Many options to choose between Ambleside and Lakeside” - VisitEngland Assessor


Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

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Step aboard the most popular boats in the Lake District. Relax and enjoy the stunning Windermere scenery. Combine a cruise on traditional ‘steamers; and modern launches with walks, visitorattractions and Lakeland villages.Windermere Lake Cruises operates over 100 daily scheduled sailings on the lake at the height of the summer and they vary between 30 minutes and 90 minutes. Popular cruises connect Bowness, Brockhole and Ambleside (Red Cruise) and offer stunning views across the Lakeland fells. All cruise tickets allow you to break up the journey and disembark at each stop, explore the local area and then return on a later sailing. Pick the Yellow Cruise to explore the southern half of Windermere with regular sailings between Bowness and Lakeside, ideal for visiting Lakeland Motor Museum, Lakes Aquarium and Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway. The seasonal Green Cruise allows visitors to travel across to the quiet western shore and explore Wray Castle in a traditional wooden launch. If you’re stuck for time or want to sample the sights and sounds of Windermere, hop on the Blue (Islands) Cruise from Bowness. This 45 minute circular cruise includes a fascinating commentary on the history of England's largest natural lake.

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Windermere Lake Cruises
Winander House, Glebe Road, BOWNESS ON WINDERMERE, Cumbria, LA23 3HE


About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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