Suggested Itinerary for the Green Cruise
Our Green Cruise route may very well be the perfect day out for children who like to go an exciting adventures… Explore the lake, dress-up like a fearsome knight, swing through the trees and explore under the ground – all in this epic day out! And the best part – there are places to buy ice-cream at all three destinations!
After breakfast, feed the ducks at Ambleside’s Waterhead pier before catching one of our launches at 9.50am. This fun, 15 minute journey takes you across the lake and down along its western shore, to the National Trust-operated site, Wray Castle.
Situated on the peaceful western shore of Windermere, the Victorian neo-gothic Wray Castle and scenic grounds aren’t what you might expect… Free of traditional furnishings, Wray Castle is overflowing with fun activities for children who can try their hand at building their very own castle, have fun dressing-up as brave knights, playing on rope swings and burning off energy in abundance in the surrounding gardens. For the grown-ups, castle tours are also available – and of course, National Trust members can enjoy free entry.
Having slayed the (admittedly, imaginary) dragon, knights, princesses and their families can get back onto one of Windermere Lake Cruises’ launches approximately every 70 minutes, but for this day-out, we suggest catching the 12.25pm service back across the lake to Brockhole, on the eastern shore. Brockhole, the Lake District Visitors Centre, is operated by the Lake District National Park Authority, and entry via boat is free.
Upon arrival, you can enjoy easy access to the water’s edge for paddling, swimming, or even a spot of canoeing or kayaking.
There’s also a huge traditional play area and additional ‘paid-for’ attractions on-site including the underground ‘Brave the Cave’ experience. That’s not all, though! For the fearless, there’s an opportunity to make your way from tree to tree, high up from the wooden floor, at Treetop Trek – ending with a thrilling 250 metre-long triple zipwire for family and friends to zoom down, side-by-side. Meanwhile, there’s also a two-hour Treetop Nets experience, giving you all the chance to bounce around in fully-enclosed nets, high in the trees.
Plus, there’s a 10% discount for Windermere Lake Cruises e-ticket holders. There’s also plenty of space in large green open spaces for games.
Make your way back to the pier and catch the 4.25pm boat back up to Ambleside, the original starting-point for your day of fun, where your boat will arrive at around 4.45pm. Once back at our Waterhead Pier, why not take a self-drive boat out and create your own route around the northern reaches of the lake?
If you fancy a freebie to wash down your day of fun, just wave your Windermere Lake Cruises e-ticket at the team at Waterhead Boutique Hotel & Dining and claim your complimentary tipple of choice when ordering a Waterhead Classic main course or pizza from the all-day menu.