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by Shikainah Champion-Samuel (subscribe)
A great believer in exploring the off beat, non-touristy things hidden inside every city.
Published September 2nd 2017
A pleasurable cruise

'A ribbon of a lake' was how someone described some of the lakes in Lake District. If that be so, then Windermere is the longest of such ribbons. So, on our recent holiday to the Lake District, we found ourselves doing the quintessential thing - a cruise on this lake!

We opted for the Red Cruise that cost us 31 for a family of four. The various colour codes denote different options that one can avail of. The Red Cruise is a 75 minute round trip. There are around three different piers one can board from. We started from Bowness to Ambleside and back again. There is a waterside cafe at Ambleside pier that one might want to get off and check out and then either hop back on the same boat's return trip or stay back and catch the next service. An interesting on board commentary is provided throughout the journey. Some bits of trivia gleaned included that the famous children's author, Beatrix Potter, used to spend many of her holidays here. In fact, a stone's throw away from the Lake is a kind of museum dedicated to her called Beatrix Potter world.

Apart from these regular runs, the company also takes bookings for wedding and corporate charters. Additionally, there's a self-drive and row boat fleet that they seem to have. There's even an upgrade option like most places do nowadays, wherein you can get tickets to some local attraction at a discounted rate. None of the options this company offered seemed like something we would want to do and so we stuck to our round trip ticket. I am aware I haven't commented on the actual cruise and the views but I thought I would let the photos do the talking!

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Beauty all around whichever way you look at it!


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A view of the cafe at the pier in the distance


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Cruising along



A small downside was that the onboard cafe did not accept cards and since we didn't really have much cash with us (who does, these days anyway? - and no there's no deeper meaning in that!) we couldn't avail of that facility.

If you're visiting the area, then this is something you might want to check out. Oh ,and the surrounding areas makes for nice picnicking, which is what we did.
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Why? A relaxed cruise- does it need a 'why'
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Phone: 015394 43360
Where: LA23 3HQ
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