Trip on the lake with Windermere Lakes Cruises

Thursday, December 8, 2022 by Tim Ingle

Take to the water to immerse yourself in Windermere’s scenery.

Waterhead from lake Windermere

Aboard Windermere Lake Cruises

Your hotel stay in the Lake District may not be complete without a leisurely cruise out on the water and Windermere is perhaps the most convenient in offering you some of the best scenery the national park has to offer.

With pick up and drop off points just a stone’s throw away from Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, jumping aboard one of Windermere Lake Cruises’ famous vessels allows you to get a different perspective and drink in the spectacular surrounding landscapes of the fells.

And feel free to be selective about the vessel of your choice: a modern launch may be your thing or perhaps the chance to step back in time on a lake steamer from a bygone age.

A Grand Day Out On Lake Windermere

Here we join Fern for her big day out as she took to the water on a solo adventure to enjoy everything the Windermere shoreline has to offer:

“Setting sail from the bustling pier at Bowness, I hopped on the steamer heading down to the Waterhead Pier at Ambleside. Bagging a seat on the upper deck, I was able to enjoy the glorious August sunshine and uninterrupted views across the lake and beyond.

“As we pulled away from the pier, I watched as a couple attempted to launch themselves from the adjacent pier in a small motorboat.  They were zig-zagging towards the centre of the lake, perhaps unaware that they had the eyes of the whole lake on them!

“As we leisurely sailed towards Waterhead Pier, I watched people paddle-boardingkayaking and swimming from the brimming shoreline of Windermere.  The view was inspiring and watching them all enjoying the cool waters, I made a mental note to book myself in for a holiday paddle-board session the next day.

Paddle boarder on lake Windermere stood looking at the view.

“Throughout the cruise, the captain offered up a series of interesting facts about the lake and surroundign area, including how Lillie Island got its name, tourism in the national park and how the founders of Lake Windermere Cruises were once fisherman. Who knew that not so long ago, you would have seen fishermen out on the lake rather than pleasure cruisers and paddleboarders?!

“The highlight of my day had to be as we slowly pulled into the Waterhead Pier, three RAF jets made their presence known with a low level fly-past low across the lake into the heart of the national park. It was a delight to watch tourists and locals alike rummaging for their phones to get a photo. I’ve been trying for two years and have only ever managed a blur!”

Where To Board A Windermere Lakes Cruise?

If you are a guest with English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, you can pre-book your discounted or special offer tickets before heading off to the piers at Ambleside or Bowness.

Ducks and swans by a cruiser at Waterhead.

Ticket Types

Windermere Lake Cruises has a range of ticket options from which to choose:

The ‘Red Cruise’ will take you from Ambleside jetty to Bowness and back.

The ‘Yellow Cruise’ from Bowness covers the south of the lake with fantastic scenery to match.

These two circular tours introduce you to some to the most secluded inlets and isolated islands, as well as the panoramic views of the fellsides rising up from the waters of Windermere.

The Freedom Of The Lake option allows you to spend a bit more time on the water and go a bit further giving you unlimited cruising on all routes for 24 hours.

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