Follow in the footsteps of William Wordsworth with this unique Lake District journey.

Follow in the footsteps of William Wordsworth with this unique Lake District journey.

Wordsworth Wanderer

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Train ride, lake cruise and a visit to Rydal Mount – the former home of William Wordsworth

Wordsworth Wanderer Includes:

  • A single train journey from Haverthwaite station to Lakeside Pier on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
  • A single half lake cruise from Lakeside to Bowness on the Yellow Cruise (full length of lake option from Lakeside Pier to Ambleside Pier)
  • Entry into Rydal Mount house and gardens, the historic home of English romantic poet William Wordsworth.
  • (This journey can be made in reverse if required).

A great day out for literary buffs or anyone interested in the life of one of England’s greatest poets. This package explores the scenery and natural beauty that inspired the writing of William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850).

Start your journey along the beautiful Leven Valley via steam train to Lakeside Pier, simply cross the platform from the train to reach our pier. Travelling north on the lake by ‘steamer’ or modern launch, you’ll take in the views of the Lakeland fells that Wordsworth would have known so well. He wrote of the mountains: "in the combinations which they make, towering above each other, or lifting themselves in ridges like the waves of a tumultuous sea, and in the beauty and variety of their surfaces and colours, they are surpassed by none".

Wordsworth’s ‘Guide through the District of the Lakes’, written in 1820 reflected his passion for the area and arguably prompted the Lake District tourism boom, ironically despised by Wordsworth in later life.

After your cruise, travel north to Rydal Mount, a distance of 2.5 miles and explore the poet’s former home and gardens. The home and original features give a fascinating insight into a Lakeland home and how this writer lived and worked there. As well as the impressive house, the stunning landscaped gardens designed by Wordsworth himself are well worth a visit. In addition to the house and gardens, Rydal Mount has a gift shop, and tea room serving a delicious selection of local and freshly prepared food.

Useful information

  • Transport from Bowness Pier to Rydal Mount is not included in this ticket. Please make your own way there via your coach or public transport is available. ( Number 599 bus – journey takes 40 minutes)
  • Find out more about Rydal Mount on their website (external link)

Prices (Valid until 6 April 2019)

Prices for this package start from (see table below). Contact us for more information.


Coach Drivers

For great incentives and useful information for tour operators and drivers call 015394 43360. Windermere Lake Cruises has ample parking for coaches at both Lakeside and Bowness piers and there is space for dropping off at Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier. View our interactive map with information about parking, piers and their location around the lake.

On-Board Facilities

Toilets are available on all of our ‘Steamers’ and modern launches (check for disabled access). Many of our Vessels have licensed bars and/or tea bars.

Facilities for Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call and confirm which vessel is operating which service. Our ‘Steamers’ are suitable for wheelchair users but onboard toilet facilities can only be reached by means of stairs. However there are adapted toilets at Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside, and ‘Radar’ facilities close to Ambleside and Bowness Piers. The Main saloons are wheelchair accessible on the Teal and the Swan but not on the Tern (although there is ample covered accommodation).