Windermere Lake Cruises

activities / Boating & cruises

Lonely Planet review

Top on the list of things to do in Windermere is to take a lake cruise. The first passenger ferry was launched back in 1845, and cruising on the lake is still a popular pastime: some of the vessels are modern, but there are a couple of period beauties dating back to the 1930s.

All cruises allow you to jump off at one of the ferry landings (Waterhead/Ambleside, Wray Castle, Brockhole, Bowness, Ferry Landing, Fell Foot Ferry and Lakeside) and catch a later boat back.

Trips include the Freedom of the Lake Ticket , with one day's unlimited travel on all routes; the Blue Cruise (adult/child/family £7.20/3.60/19.80), a 45-minute cruise around Windermere's islands and bays; the Green Cruise (adult/child/family £7.20/3.60/19.80), a 45-minute cruise from Waterhead/Ambleside via Wray Castle and Brockhole Visitor Centre; the Red Cruise (adult/child/family £9.75/5.85/28.25), the North lake cruise from Bowness to Ambleside; the Yellow Cruise (adult/child/family £10/6/29), the South cruise from Bowness to Lakeside and the Lakes Aquarium; and Bowness to Ferry House (adult/child/family £2.55/1.50/7.35), a cross- lake shuttle service to Ferry House, from where you can catch a bus to Hill Top and Hawkshead.

From April to October, rowing boats can be hired from the lake jetty for £12. Motorboats coast from £18 to £22 for two adults; children under 16 go free. There's a 10mph speed limit on Windermere.