We love getting on the water in the Lakes – well, why wouldn’t you? Cruising on Windermere, England’s largest lake, has become the most popular attraction in the Lake District. In fact, Windermere Lake Cruises are one of the top ten visitor attractions in the UK.
You can pick up a cruise from their main piers at Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside and Lakeside. They also offer shorter crossings to Brockhole or Ferry House where you can walk or pick up a bus to Hilltop, the former home of Beatrix Potter. Whichever cruise you decide, it’s the perfect way to see some of the Lake District’s most spectacular scenery from the water.
The cruises offer both indoor and outdoor seating plus there are refreshments available on the launches and steamers. So stay warm and cosy, or get out on deck for a bracing lung full of fresh air.
Tickets can be booked in advance or you can simply turn up at the piers. Operates year round (except Christmas Day) Weather dependent.
Hints/tips: To avoid busy boats during peak season, aim for the first sailing of the day. The last sailing during peak time is generally busy so head to the pier early to ensure you get a place.
We recommend the ‘Walkers ticket’ (summer only). This great value ticket enables you to combine cruising and walking creating a circular loop. You can start/finish at Bowness, Brockhole or Ambleside. The walk is approximately 4 miles with the opportunity to visit Wray Castle, owned by the National Trust.
Why we like it: Spectacular views, especially when heading north to Ambleside.