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A day on the lake with Windermere Lake Cruises


We recently had a drive up to Windermere and we were treated to a day on the lake.

Find out more below on what we got up to on our most recent visit to Windermere.

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The Lake District is somewhere that we love to visit but don't go too often and we really would love to change this and visit more often. Watch this space!

Self drive boat hire

We arrived and were quickly handed our life jackets and a thorough safety training session took place. This is basically just telling you what to do when driving to keep you all safe. Honestly this is a highly enjoyable family activity. The boat was super easy to drive and handle, you do have to keep an eye out for other lake users and obviously the big steamers, we really enjoyed this and will 100% be doing it again.

You get to explore Windermere at your own pace, we booked for 1hour which give us 30 minutes to drive up and 30 minutes back down the opposite side. No experience is needed but you do need at least one person to be 18+. Each person is given their own life jacket which must be worn at all times during your trip and swimming is not permitted so stay in the boat! If you do get into trouble there is a Safety boat that will come and rescue you. You do get a phone number to ring if you get into trouble.

The boats have a rollback roof for the changing weather which is handy and they also have padded seats for comfort.

Self drive electric boats are available to hire from £40 for 1 hour for up to 2 adults, each additional adult is charged at £6. Kids under 16 go free. Each boat carries a maximum of 6 people.

Dogs are welcome on board but you must of course be sensible with this and I would only recommend doing this if your dog is very well behaved.

Also available to hire is traditional rowing boats which looked fun but absolutely no way I would go on one. (If you know me you know I do not travel well by boat! Strangely I was fine on the hire boat and enjoyed it) If you suffer from sickness do not travel behind one of the big cruise boats you will sway violently! (No I was not sick thankfully) Find out more HERE


After lunch we took a ride on one of the cruisers. There are various colour coded queues to join for which ever cruise you are going on, although various people didn't seem to think queuing was for them and just jumped in front, which was slightly annoying! We thankfully got a seat on the upper deck at the front and enjoyed a trip up to Ambleside, we didn't get off at this point as we had other things to do before we headed home. You can purchase a guide book to help you spot historical points of interest on your journey and there's a toilet and small café on board too. I would suggest if it is windy sitting inside as it was so cold when we were travelling. We had a combined ticket for the Cruises and a visit to the Motor Museum which saves you a bit of money. Find out more HERE

Lakeland Motor Museum

It was around 3.30pm by the time we arrived at the Lakeland Motor Museum. The museum isn't the biggest we have been to but does have a good selection of classic vehicles and memorabilia to have a look around. There's also a decent sized shop and a café on site. A minute walk from the main museum is another exhibition space which is currently home to the Bluebird exhibition. The boys really enjoyed looking around and found the collection to be quite impressive. You can find out more info HERE

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