Exploring the Lake District with Windermere Lake Cruises

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Windermere Lake Cruises at Lake District

‘There’s no such things as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.’ This quote said by Sir Ranulph Fiennes rightly fits the books of an individual who is truly passionate about traveling. 

Located on the northwest coast of England in Cumbria, the Lake District also known as the Lakes or Lakeland is an extremely popular mountainous holiday destination for both locals and tourists. Since the county’s mountainous geography has also made the Lake District the wettest part of England, I was hoping for a ‘nice’ weather which in my dictionary is something not too cold neither warm but something that feels like 20 degree to be more precise. 
Windermere Lake Cruises at Lake District

The Lake District National Park, established in 1951 is popular for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells), covers approximately 2,362 square kilometres and has been designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, pulling as much as 15.8 million visitors annually! Since the lakes are surrounded with mountains, one gets to see stunning panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings including the highest mountain peak in England Scafell Pike. 


Windermere Lake Cruises at Lake District

The best way to get mesmerized with the beauty of this popular holiday destination is to enjoy a cruise on Windermere Lake and to get stunned with the spectacular views from the largest lake of England in the heart of Lake District. The Windermere Lake Cruises offer cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours or you can also opt for Freedom of the Lake ticket and spend the entire day around the lake with the option of unlimited cruise trips for 24 hours giving you the independence to explore Windermere at your leisure.

It’s entirely up to you to decide on where to begin the journey either from Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside - the Windermere cruise not just promises magnificent mountain scenery, bays and wooded islands, but also adds a lot information to one's knowledge with the commentary which is also available in different languages other than English. 

Windermere Lake Cruises at Lake District

Although I’ve been on the cruises in different countries several times earlier as well, it was BabyN’s first experience but we all were really excited to board the cruise. We parked the car at the Lakeside and paid £4 for the day. The next step was to get the ticket from the ticket office and then we had to wait until the cruise arrived, which was however not very long as we had already checked the schedule of the cruise online and drove to Windermere accordingly. Near to the time, we just had to queue to get inside the cruise that had ample space for everyone to sit and enjoy the ride. 

At the start of the trip, the weather was really good but as you know how unpredictable the British weather can be, I would advise carrying a coat or a jacket along especially if you’re planning to enjoy the entire cruise trip on the open deck. Otherwise, the Windermere Lake Cruises have got you covered because they also have a covered deck and that also has a small shop from where you can get your hot drinks such as coffee (£1.60), tea (£1.50), hot chocolate (£1.60) or brandy coffee (£3.00) and snacks. Other items on the menu include spirits (£3:00-£3.40 each), draught and bottled beer (£2.10-£4.20 each), wine (£4.25), ice creams (£1.60-£1.95 each), nonalcoholic beverages, food such as sandwiches (£2.90), cakes (£1.60), giant cookies (£0.95), biscuits, peanuts (£0.80) and crisps (£0.60) as well as the confectionery items including different chocolates and fruit pastilles for £0.80 each.  Moreover, the Windermere Lake Cruises also offers self drive and rowing boats, weddings and private charters as well as the option to park and sail. 


Windermere Lake Cruises at Lake District

Some of the other fantastic local attractions in the Lake District include the Lakeland Motor Museum, The World of Beatrix Potter and the Lakes Aquarium besides many other child friendly attractions. You can also check out the official Lake District website for more information require to plan your visit. Moreover, you can also view the video of my trip to the Lake District on my YouTube channel, here

Windermere Lake Cruises at Lake District


Important Information - Windermere Lake Cruises
Timing: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Parking: Ambleside Pier has 21 spaces. costs £5.00 all day
Lakeside car park has 300 spaces, costs £4.00 all day
Location: Winander House, Glebe Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3HE

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34 comments:

  1. Love the quote at the beginning - so right!

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  2. The lake district seems like a stunning place to visit. I would love to go on a lake cruise with my family I am sure it would be an experience that they would really enjoy. It's good the have a small shop on board for food and drink as my little ones always need something when we can't get it lol.

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    1. We had such an amazing day at the Lake District. The snacks for little ones are always essential.

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  3. I grew up reading Swallows and Amazons, would love to visit one day.

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  4. I love the Lake District so much! This seems like such a nice chill day out kind of activity :)

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    1. We got to see such stunning views of the mountains.

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  5. I visited the Lake District years ago and it's one of my favourite places. Windermere is beautiful. I would love to go back and experience it from the boat as it looks like you can capture a whole lot more

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    1. Yes, we got to see some amazing views from the cruise.

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  6. I love the Lake District - I visited a few years ago with family and thought it was lovely. We didn't do a lake cruise though - it looks great!

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    1. A cruise with family is so much fun, especially with toddlers!

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  7. The views across the lake are just incredible and it is on my places I want to visit in my lifetime x

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  8. Have always wanted to visit the Lake District. And this looks like a wonderful day trip and not expensive at all. Hope to check it out soon.

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    1. The cruise fare was quite reasonable. Definitely worth the spend!

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  9. I have only ever been to the Lake District once, and I loved it. I must make the time to go again and certainly check out this cruise tour too!

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    1. Oh definitely! The cruise fare is quite reasonable too.

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  10. I haven't been to the Lake District since I was a kid. But I really need to make the effort to go again with my kids. It looks absolutely beautiful there :)

    Louise x

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  11. What a lovely looking trip. I've only been to the Lake District once but would love to go back, it's such a beautiful part of the country.

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  12. Awwwww Lake Windermere holds so many happy family memeories - it's fab right? I have done this exact boat trip a few times and it never disappoints, whatever the weather.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

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  13. I love the Lake District, especially Windermere. I haven't been on one of the cruises though, it sounds an amazing way to see the Lakes and learn about them too. I love that it serves hot drinks, like you say with the unpredictable British weather you might definitely need a hot cup whilst you are sailing around.

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  14. we visit the lakes every year and a trip on Windermere is a must!

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  15. I haven't been to the Lake District since I was kid but would love to go back and cruise on the lake would be lovely.

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  16. looks really pretty and I'm sure everyone will be coming here.

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  17. I will love to visit. Fun place to visit with my girls

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  18. What a beautiful place to spend a day! I'd really love to visit the World of Beatrix Potter, I'm sure it's a fun experience :)

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  19. I've never been to the lake district but for those who have, never heard a complaint. This looks like a nice way to have a sight on the lakes.

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  20. Ohh wow, I am in absolute awe looking at your pictures. We've never been to the Lake District and I'd really love to. Mich x

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  21. What a really fun day out! I've always wanted to visit the Lake District, it looks so beautiful!

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  22. I adore the lake district, its my happy place! I've neve been on the cruise tour though.

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  23. I have never visited the Lake District but would love to as it looks so gorgeous! Stunning view!

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  24. It's been 25 years since I visited lake Windermere... definitely would love to go again x

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