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Relax as you watch the world go by

There is no better way to see the scenery surrounding England's finest lakes than from the deck of a boat. Four lakes have boat services, which you can use not only to enjoy a relaxing hour or two, but also as a form transport to get you to the start point of a walk, or back again at the end of the day.


The largest natural lake in England, and the most popular in the Lake District, it's wooded shores and stunning views of the mountains are perfect for viewing from a boat.

There are a number of cruises available on Windermere, all operated by the Windermere Lake Cruises. In addition there are special cruises, such as Jazz Cruises, perfect for a summer evening.

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Coniston Water

Where new technology meets old!

On Coniston Water you have a choice between the modern boats operated by the Coniston Launch Company, who run 2 water bus/cruise services, one in the northern part of the lake, and the other in the southern half of the lake. Or you can step back in time and enjoy the splendour of "Gondola" a restored 150 year old steam yacht.

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The Ullswater Steam navigation company operate a service between Glenridding, Howtown and Pooley Bridge all year round. You can break your journey, or just get a one way ticket and take a leisurely stroll back, which makes a wonderful day out, especially if you take a picnic.

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The smallest of the Lakes upon which you can cruise, Derwentwater has a popular waterbus service that transports walkers and tourists to any one of six jetties positioned at key points around the Lake. If you are staying in Keswick the waterbus is a great way to get to the start point of some or the regions best walks without having to drive and find somewhere to park. Boats run both clockwise and anti clockwise around the lake. The winter service is limited to just a couple of boats in each direction.


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