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
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.
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.
Coniston launch information here ..
out about Gondola here ...
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.
out more here ...
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.
sailing times and more information here ...