The Best Boat Trips in the Lake District

22 April 2022 by Rachel Wilson

The Best Boat Trips in the Lake District

A trip to the Lake District wouldn't be complete without a voyage out on a traditional boat. It's a great way to explore the local area and soak up the scenery from a different point of view.

Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater is one of the most beautiful lakes in England and the 'steamers' have been operating for over 160 years shuttling mail, slate and more recently passengers up and down the lake. You can hop on (and off) the boat from Pooley Bridge, Howtown pier, Aira Force waterfall or Glenridding pier then either hike around Ullswater in sections or cruise the entire lake with a return ticket.

Windermere Lake Cruises

A boat trip on Windermere is one of the best ways to explore the 10.5 mile body of water. No matter where you start your journey, be it Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside the spectacular voyage gives you magnificent views of mountain scenery towards the Langdale Valley, secluded bays and many of the wooded islands.

Coniston Gondola

Enjoy a historic boat trip on Coniston Water aboard the Steam Yacht Gondola, with its Venetian design which was first launched in 1859. It is now owned and managed by the National Trust and is accessed by 5 different jetties; Coniston, Lake Bank, Parkamoor, Brantwood and Monk Coniston. From these you can access great walks and scenic picnic spots.

GC50 Ullswater Go Card

Use one of our Go Cards to plan a walk combined with a boat trip - a perfect way to spend a day in the beautiful Lake District.

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