Join a Discovery Cruise this August

Join a Discovery Cruise this August

Visitors to Windermere and Ambleside can uncover some of the Lake District’s hidden wonders this August, with a special series of ‘Discovery Cruises’ on England’s largest natural lake.

Running aboard an historic ‘steamer’, Windermere Lake Cruises’ Discovery Cruises will include live commentaries from a Lake District National Park Lake Ranger.

With no fixed script, the Rangers will be based on the top deck of either the MV Swan or MV Teal and will focus on what’s happening in the landscape ‘right now’. That includes an array of interesting stories and quirky facts, from Windermere’s creation in the Ice Age to its more recent development as a tourist destination.

Windermere’s lakeshore wetlands are a nationally important wildlife habitat, so passengers will be poised to spot some of the 1000+ resident ducks, geese and swans, as well as the impressive cormorant colony living on the islands in the centre of the lake. Along the way, experts will be on hand to talk about the threats and challenges facing this unique natural habitat, and how people of all ages can help protect it for future generations.

Passengers can join the cruises for all or part of the 180 minute tours on board one of the lake’s resident ‘steamers’, MV Swan or MV Teal. The full dates are 5, 12 and 19 August 2015.

Ronnie Muggridge, Lake Ranger for the Lake District National Park, said: “The Lake Ranger team are afloat 364 days a year so can provide a unique perspective of the lake, its wildlife, its history and the challenges that come with ensuring its many visitors enjoy Windermere safely.”

The Discovery Cruises will set sail from Windermere Lake Cruises’ Steamer Pier at Bowness at 12.20pm. To explore the southern half of the lake, passengers can join the boat on its way back down Windermere at 1.50pm. These are all scheduled sailings and tickets can be booked in advance online by choosing a Red Cruise ticket (Bowness-Ambleside) or a Freedom of the Lake ticket (Bowness-Lakeside) for 5,12 or 19 August.

Prices are £10.30 per adult Bowness-Ambleside return (12.20pm for 70mins), £10.80 Bowness-Lakeside return (1.50pm for 90mins) or £19.00 for the full circuit of the lake (lasting 160mins).

There is no extra cost to hear the Ranger talks.

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