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Windermere Lake Cruises

View across water from the Low Wood Hotel jetty at the edge of Lake Windermere

View across water from the Low Wood Hotel jetty at the edge of Lake Windermere

This writer used to live in the South of England for over five years. Unfortunately, five years is nowhere near enough time to see everything England has to offer. I did get to see some pretty impressive sights, but I never got to go to the Lake District. If you’ve never heard of the Lake District, there is a reason. The English would prefer to keep it all to themselves! A Windermere Lake cruise from Ambleside in the Lake District is a dream vacation that perhaps I’ll be able to have someday.

What’s Up With The Lake District?

The Lake District is the most beautiful part of an already good-looking country. Fortunately, despite economic and overpopulation pressures, the far-sighted residences of the Lake District have resisted intensive construction. Much of the land is now under the protection of the National Trust.

Steamer on Lake Windermere Bowness

Steamer on Lake Windermere Bowness

There are many lakes that compromise the Lake District of North West England, but one of the most popular to visit is Windermere Lake. Cruises from Ambleside, Lakeside and Bowness take about three hours because there is that much to see. The poet William Wordsworth wrote extensively about the gorgeous Lake District, whish is still inspiring poets today.

The Lake District (also known as The Lakes) comprises an area of about 34 miles. It’s not entirely just one national park. There is some industry, homes and farms inside the area. They all try to keep a low profile. Although the Lake District is jealously protected from the outside world, the money from tourism is most welcome. There are many places to stay and relax before and after your Windermere Lake cruise from Ambleside.

The Most Famous Resident

The Lake District’s most famous resident was author and artist Beatrix Potter. Her most famous book is “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. She donated all of her incredibly valuable 4,000 acres of Lake District land to the National Trust upon her death in 1943. The Lake District honors her with a charming museum of her characters in The World of Beatrix Potter exhibit in Bowness-Upon-Windermere. This is a nice place to visit in conjunction with your Windermere Lake cruise from Ambleside.

Boating

Since there are quite a lot of lakes in the Lake District, it is no surprise that one of the most popular things to do is to get out in a boat. There is something about being on the water which both relaxes and refreshes. Windermere Lake cruises at Ambleside (on the North shore of the lake) give everyone this opportunity with out having the go through the hassle of maintaining a boat.

A line of traditional wooden rowing boats moored on the banks of Lake Windermere.

A line of traditional wooden rowing boats moored on the banks of Lake Windermere.

There’s not just one boat handling all Windermere Lake cruises from Ambleside, but a whole fleet of them. Some of these boats are steamships and some traditional launches. You don’t need to have a life vest or special swimming gear on, but you should be ready to get wet. The steamships give an especially smooth ride, but take any medicine a half hour before your Windermere Lake Cruise from Ambleside if you are prone to motion-sickness.

The Weather

Prepare for any weather condition you can think of when planning a trip to the Lake District. When I lived in England, I learned this joke: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait fifteen minutes.” Your best bet is to wear layers of clothing, which can be easily removed or put back on as the day progresses.

The weather is so fickle in England that when you look at a weather forecast for one town, do not assume the neighboring town is going to have the same weather. I have literally been in the pouring rain on one side of the river Avon and watched in astonishment as the folks on the other side of the river had sunshine!

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