Cruising on the Lakes…
There are four lakes upon which you can enjoy a relaxing cruise:
The largest of all the lakes. Cruises run throughout the year, from Waterhead, (Ambleside), Bowness and Lakeside at the Southern end of the lake.
For many visitors Ullswater is the finest of all the lakes, and the views from the Ullswater steamers are excellent. Cruises run throughout the summer and at limited periods during the winter and spring. Boats leave from Glenridding, at the Southern end of the Lake, and cruise to Pooley Bridge, at the northern end.
A time tabled water bus service runs around Derwentwater for much of the year, calling at various points on the Lake shore to pick up and set down. A cruise is nice, but many people use this service to take them up the Borrowdale Valley in order to start their walk, and a water bus is very much an integral part of the transport system for walkers in the region.
Here you can cruise in style on board the world’s oldest steam operated yacht, ‘The Gondola’. Built in 1860, this fine vessel cruises sedately across Coniston Water, from Coniston village to the East side of the Lake. Here, passengers may disembark to enjoy a walk, or visit Brantwood, the home of the artist John Ruskin. The views from the east side of Coniston are among the finest in the world.