The top 5 ways to travel around the Lake District

Thanks to some of the best transport links in the north west of England and a host of leisure cruises and railways, you can easily explore the Lake District without a car. Take your time and use the boat or train to get around, and you will find yourself within easy reach of all the main Lake District attractions.

Some of the most popular ways to see the Lake District include:

1.Ullswater Steamer trips

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.

2. 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. If you are planning a visit to Windermere, why not stay in a luxurious Windermere cottage?

3. 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.

4. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

This unique steam railway runs a daily service from Haverthwaite to Lakeside from March to October. Travelling through the Leven Valley, passengers can enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the region, and also enjoy lunch or a snack at the station restaurant. Tours may also include a visit to the engine sheds, the souvenir shop and picnic area, plus visitors can see the steam and diesel train exhibitions.

5. 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. Opening times vary, according to the time of year, but all facilities are open when the trains are running.

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