Windermere Lake Cruises
Boat & Train
Lakeland Motor Museum
In a purpose-built new home 2 miles south of Newby Bridge, this car museum houses a wonderful collection of antique cars: classic...
Boat & Aquarium
This award-winning craft brewery now has its own brewhall in Staveley, 3 miles east of Windermere. Core beers include Hawkshead Bitter,...
Brown Horse Inn
Three miles from Windermere in Winster, the whitewashed Brown Horse is one of the area's top dining pubs. Produce is sourced from the...
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.