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Windermere without the Car

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If your thinking of really being carbon conscious, why not try these itinerary's.


From Bowness on Windermere pier, Windermere Lake Cruise will sail you past the magnificent mountain scenery, lovely secluded bays and shore line, where you will end up at the southern tip of Lake Windermere. From here you could do a combination of things. Aquarium of the Lakes is a facinating display which brings you face to face with an array of life found in and around the Lakes. With plasma screen documentaries, film presentations, information boards, a children’s quiz trail as well as daily talks and presentations, the Aquarium of the Lakes is a unique all weather attraction.
Take a train journey on the famous Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. Hard working steam trains haul trains on this steeply graded railway. Comfortable coaching ensures passengers have a pleasant and leisurely journey through contrasting lake and river scenes of the Leven Valley. Trains run from April through to the end of October.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.
Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium

The Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit creatures from the lakes of the world along with those a little closer to home too. From otters and diving ducks to marmoset monkeys and British sharks and rays.
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Operating daily, steam engines haul comfortable carriages through the picturesque Leven Valley to Lakeside; the southern end of Lake Windermere.


The Lakeside Station is at the Lakeside Pier, at the southern end of Windermere, has a restaurant on the Pier with panoramic views of Windermere.



Windermere Lake Cruise will return you back to either Bowness, for some shopping in the variety of shops and an afternoon visit to 'The World of Beatrix Potter' or you could head to the northern tip of Lake Windermere to Waterhead pier. From here you could hire your own boat to paddle at leisure on the Lake, or if you have had enough of water, there's a Roman Fort to have a look at on the way to Ambleside centre. Busy, bustling Ambleside, has lots of shops, galleries, outdoor retail outlets and restaurants/cafes to keep amused for the afternoon. If you feel energetic, there is Loughrigg Terrace to go up, 20 minute walk from the centre, one of Wainwrights favourite spots, so don't forget your camera!
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The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is a vibrant visitor centre offering a unique experience for all the family. Explore a magical world where all 23 enchanting tales are brought to life.


Ambleside, one of the jewels of the Lakes, is set in the centre of the Lake District at the head of Lake Windermere. Blessed with beautiful scenery, this bustling market town provides everything a visitor could want.


There are plenty of place to eat, in Ambleside, ranging in price too! Just have a wander around and see which one takes your fancy. There is a regular bus service from the Bus Terminus which will take you back to Bowness on Windermere - Bus no 599.
Bowness on Windermere

Bowness on Windermere

Situated on the shores of lake Windermere, the bustling town of Bowness on the shores of Lake Windermere, offers a great variety of visitor attractions, accommodation and shops.

Details of Windermere Lake Cruises, BownessWindermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars. A fleet of passenger launches supplement the service. Boats operate an extensive route network linking the main settlements. A popular outing is the 45-minute Islands Cruise from Bowness, which passes wooded islands and secluded bays. A 40-minute trip from Ambleside offers free entry to the Lake District Visitor centre at Brockhole with its exhibitions, playgrounds, gardens and restaurant.
The main cruise operates daily throughout the year between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside, except christmas day, this takes 3 hours but passengers may get on and off the vessel, if they wish, to sample the delights of the steam railway, aquarium, the world of Beatrix Potter attraction, Ambleside museum and the little towns and villages around the lake.
Parking facilities for cars and coaches are provided at or near main piers. Private charter cruises can be pre-booked for groups. Other activities include wine and lunch cruises and jazz/buffet cruises.
Group, charter and education brochures are available on request. Printed information is available in Bengali, Gujurati, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German and French.

Park your car at either Lakeside, Bowness or Ambleside and Ride by boat for the day!

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Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

The Promenade, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3HQ


Map reference: SD 401967
     Lat: 54.36229  Long: -2.92331
To Bowness and Ambleside, follow A591.

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 1 mile from Windermere station

Adjacent to main promenade, park and town shopping and entertainment facilities. Large coach park and car parking facilities. Corporate hositality can be provided on a boat if pre-booked. Rowing boats and self-drive motorboats can be hired in the main season.

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