Windermere Lake Cruises operate from Lakeside up to Bowness and Ambleside with the first sailing at 9.15.Over a million passengers use the service every year so it can get a bit hectic peak season. Our advice is to go for the early sailing as you get to see the lake at its most peaceful.
The vessels Swan Teal & Tern were built in 1938, 1936 and 1891 and have plied their trade ever since and were even owned by Sealink in the early 80’s.
Windermere Lake Cruises offer private charters so if you are organising a party or conference a cruise on the lake would be a real highlight.
Viewing the lake from the decks of a Lake District Steamer is a magical experience, and one that I remember from childhood. These are large boats that hold hundreds of people, more like a small cross channel ferry than a municipal pleasure boat. Our advice is to buy the “freedom of the lake” ticket. It’s £19, £9.50 for kids or £50 for a family ticket.