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Lakeside & Cartmel Rambler

The beautiful landscape of the Cartmel peninsula and the southern shores of Windermere provide the backdrop to a rewarding tour which features a leisurely cruise along England’s longest lake, a close encounter with some local wildlife, a visit to a magnificent stately home and the chance to explore the charming village of Cartmel - medieval gateway to the Lakes.




10.30am ( 40 minutes duration) – Board Windermere Lake Cruises from Bowness on Windermere pier to Lakeside.

11.15am (1.25 hours duration) - Visit the Lakes Aquarium at Lakeside. The UK’s leading freshwater aquarium. Walk underwater along Windermere’s re-created lakebed and marvel at diving ducks. Visit the Quay for a wide range of gifts and souvenirs and enjoy drinks and snacks in the coffee shop overlooking the lake.

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Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.6 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.


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Newby Bridge

Discover a wide array of local freshwater and marine species including menacing pike, carp and rays. Plus discover creatures from around the world including piranha, otters and clownfish.



12.45pm (2.25 hour duration) – Lunch in their courtyard café and visit to Holker Hall. The friendliest of stately homes has no ropes or barriers to restrict viewing. Magnificently situated only a short distance from Grange-over-Sands and the expanse of Morecambe Bay. Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills. Book in advance and they will take care of the details for you.

(20 minutes duration) - Leave Holker Hall to travel to Cartmel along the narrow and winding B5278.


Victorian stately home, set in 25 acres of stunning gardens and ancient deer park. Holker has its own cafe, brasserie, gift shop and food hall, and hosts an annual programme of special events.



3.20pm (2 hours 20 minutes) – Visit Cartmel village and Priory. A Medieval Village which has a delightful range of genuine old world buildings, many serving as friendly inns and well-stocked shops offering a variety of Lakeland products. The beautiful priory church welcomes coach groups and priory guides can be pre–booked. Parking for coaches is available in the designated coach park at Cartmel Racecourse.

5pm – Depart Cartmel for home or hotel.


Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Newby Bridge

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway (combine with cruise)

Please note that it advisable that all group visits should pre-book with individual attractions.

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Cartmel Park is Cartmel's newest hospitality venue combining superb facilities and exceptional service.



This extensive working mill was begun in 1835 to produce the wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries.



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


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