Cruising on Windermere

Having a day off during the week is twice as nice #fact. Cumbria was on a roll with good weather. My search and ticking off the Calvert Trust Herdys meant I had 2 left to see. These were each on Windermere Lake Cruises boats Teal and Swan. 

It has been 10 plus years since I’d been on the boats. With my job I deal with the company,  but all business is usually done upon dry land. The boats do a figure of 8 on the lake, crossing over at Bowness.  As the Herdys were on both boats, this was the journey I was to do. 

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, 10.5 miles long, 1 mile wide at its widest point and 200 ft deep in places.  In the early years of the 19th century White and Gibson of Ambleside operated a sailing packet service. Their boats carried passengers and general goods between Ambleside, Bowness, the Hawkshead Ferry and Newby Bridge.

When the Kendal to Windermere Railway opened in 1847. The branch attracted many holidaymakers and they all ventured down to the lake to go on the boats. This continues today. 

Setting off on the Teal to do the southern loop down to Newby bridge, I had never done this before.  It was nice seeing a different aspect of the lake especially all the amazing lakeside dwellings. Penultimate Herdy spotted. 

This part of the cruise took 90 minute cruise. With a hour wait for the connecting Swan boat to spot the last Herdy and enjoy the rest of the lake, it was to the Old England hotel for a drink.  I had a very lovely Raspberry gin and tea. Was delicious and didn’t taste alcoholic at all! 

Onto the Swan for part two. 

It was again lovely to enjoy the Lakeland hills from a different prospective. The final Herdwick spotted. All 60 ticked off. 

Was such a gorgeous day. If you’re around in the lakes be a tourist and hope on a boat and enjoy it for yourself. With views like this, what’s not to love. 



  1. shazza says:

    How long are the herdys on display? Spending a couple of nights at The Haweswater Hotel at the end of May.Any in that sort of area? X

    1. Gina says:

      Not really, if you head to Keswick there are loads dotted about X

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