Nothing quite matches a day out on a steam cruiser in the lake District.
Among those lakes that offers Lake District cruises are Ullswater, Derwent Water and Windermere
Windermere Lake Cruisers Ltd have a number of different boats that carry passengers on Windermere including traditional steamers. Boats run between Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside and single adult tickets cost from £4.95. For the more energetic they also hire out rowing boats from £4 and also motor boats from £14.
Steamers have been operating on the 9 mile long Ullswater since 1855. Boats run from Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding. Prices are from around £5 for an adult single. Ullswater is easily accessed from the M6 by taking the A66 west at Penrith and then following the signs marked “Ullswater Steamers”
On Derwent Water, The Keswick Launch Company offer trips round the lake throughout the year.
Bring warm clothing even on a sunny day as it can be quite cool out on the lakes even in a light breeze. Most steamers have both inside and outside seating areas, but being outside is much more fun!