How to get around in the Lake District, Cumbria

How to get around in the Lake District

How to get around in the Lake District

If you are planning to stay at a Windermere spa suite in the Lake District, you may want to explore the area without having to drive yourself. Thanks to some of the best transport links in the north west of England, you can easily explore the Lake District without a car. Ideas on how to get around in the Lake District include:

Ullswater Steamers

Once known as the Dark Lake, Ullswater has been a major influence on the work of famous poets, including William Wordsworth, who lived close by. One of the best ways to see Ullswater is by taking advantage of a steamer trip across the lake, which will run alongside Helvellyn, the third largest mountain in England. You can combine a cruise on the lake with walking trails around the shore of Ullswater.

Windermere Cruises

Windermere cruises operate every day of the year, and embark from Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside, (except Christmas Day). The trip takes a total of 3 hours, or you can hop on and off on route, at some of the popular local attractions, including the World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness, the Ambleside Museum and other places of interest.

Why not book into a Windermere spa suite and make the most of your time in the Lakes?

The Coniston Launch

The Coniston Launch is a unique ferry which runs a regular service to seven jetties, allowing passengers to disembark where they choose and catch a later boat back. The solar-electric powered ferries offer an environmentally friendly way of being transported around the lake, and an informative crew will tell you all about the local places of interest. The launch runs throughout the year, with restricted sailings in December and January.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway attracts thousands of visitors every year, and visitors can find cafés and gift shops at each end of the line. If you want to make a day of it, you can hire a bike or enjoy one of the walking trails at the end of your journey.

The South Tynedale Railway journey

Enjoy an incredible journey through some of the most scenic countryside in the region. All trains are hauled by preserved stream and diesel engines, and the return journey takes you to Kirkhaugh in 45 minutes. If you want to explore Kirkhaugh, you can look around at your own leisure, and catch a later train back. You will find refreshments and a gift shop at Alston Station.

How to get around in the Lake District

Whether you want to explore the quieter regions of the Lake District, or enjoy the attractions of Windermere, Bowness, Coniston and Keswick, you can reach most points by bus. Although accommodation near Windermere train station also offers an economical way of exploring the Lake District. Also allowing you to sample some of the famous Lake District real ales on route, without having to worry about driving back to your Windermere spa suite.

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