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The Queen and The Princess Royal sail on board historic Windermere steamer

Published: 17th July 2013

One of Windermere’s historic steamers has today, Wednesday 17 July, welcomed two very special visitors; Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. MV Teal, the largest steamer ever built for the lake, hosted the two Royal guests on a cruise from Bowness-on-Windermere up the lake to Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre. It is the second time The Queen has travelled on board the Teal, having previously sailed from Ambleside to Bowness with The Duke of Edinburgh back in August 1956.

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South Cumbrian businesses come together to provide free summer travel for all

Published: 9th July 2013

A free bus service linking up a range of visitor destinations across South Lakes is back bigger and better than ever before, thanks to support from the GoLakes Travel programme and a unique collaboration of local businesses. The South Lakes FreeRider has proved popular with visitors and residents over the past two years, and this summer will see the route extended to Grange-over-Sands and Grizedale Forest. That means passengers not only have easier access to the coastal village of Grange and the Cartmel Peninsula, but a range of activities at Grizedale Visitor Centre including mountain biking, Go Ape! and walking trails boasting sixty impressive sculptures to discover across the forest.

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New Windermere ‘Bike Boat’ to go daily

Published: 2nd July 2013
Categories: Cycling

A newly launched ‘Bike Boat’ - providing a special ferry service for cyclists across England’s longest lake - will go daily for the school summer holidays. Windermere Lake Cruises has specially adapted a traditional wooden vessel, Sunflower, to carry up to 12 bikes and passengers across the lake and back. Running approximately every 20 minutes, it will act as a ferry service for cyclists travelling between Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, on the eastern side of the lake and Wray, on Windermere’s tranquil western shore.

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New Windermere ‘Bike Boat’ to go daily

‘Ranger boats’ offer a fresh look at the wonders of Windermere

Published: 17th June 2013

Sit back and enjoy a fresh look at Windermere this summer aboard one of the special ‘Ranger Boats’ setting sail on England’s largest lake. Complete with live commentary from dedicated Lake District National Park Rangers, these three hour sailings aboard the lake’s historic steamers will run in July, August and September and will provide a unique perspective of the lake, its wildlife and its history.

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'Park and Sail' to the UK's biggest outdoor Swimming Event

Published: 22nd May 2013

Spectators heading to the Great North Swim this summer (14-16 June 2013) can escape the traffic and bag themselves a truly unique viewpoint for one of the summer’s most exciting sporting spectacles with Windermere Lake Cruises.

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New Directors appointed for first time in ten years

Published: 21st May 2013

Windermere Lake Cruises has unveiled the appointment of two new Directors for the first time in a decade. The news coincides with the twentieth anniversary of Bowness Bay Boating Co. purchasing The Windermere Iron Steamboat Company in May 1993 to form Windermere Lake Cruises.

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Summer Evening Jazz Cruises set against the dramatic Lakeland Fells

Published: 2nd May 2013

Visitors to England’s largest lake can enjoy the lighter, longer evenings and take in iconic Lake District scenery with special Jazz Cruises aboard one of Windermere’s majestic steamers this summer. A series of 20+ Summer Evening Jazz Cruises – combining good food, stunning views and great music - get underway from Saturday 1st June 2013 and run through to the end of August.

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New Bus Loop to Wray Castle extends ‘Cross Lakes Experience’

Published: 28th March 2013

It’s now even easier to explore the South and Central Lakes completely car-free, with the launch of a bus link to the Victorian, gothic-style Wray Castle on the western shore of Windermere. The new bus loop between Hawkshead and Wray Castle is part of the newly-extended ‘Cross Lakes Experience’ which enables passengers to travel easily between a range of popular visitor attractions across a wide area spanning Windermere, Coniston and Grizedale Forest.

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Older Generation to enjoy 75% saving on the Lake District's most popular Tourist Attraction

Published: 6th March 2013

Pensioners Days launched for April and May 2013. From Lancaster to Carlisle, Workington to Penrith, pensioners from throughout Cumbria and North Lancashire can enjoy a day out on Windermere for under a fiver this Spring,

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‘Cross Lakes Experience’ gets underway for February half-term

Published: 8th February 2013

Families can leave the hassle of driving at home this February half term, with the launch of the ‘Cross Lakes Experience’ ticket in the heart of the English Lake District. Windermere Lake Cruises has teamed up with tour specialists Mountain Goat and The National Trust to bring the service to the shores of Windermere and beyond. With daily services from Sat 16 – Sun 24 February, the Cross Lakes Experience links up England’s largest lake with Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s House and Hawkshead, two of the locations most synonymous with one of the Lake District’s best loved inhabitants, children’s author Beatrix Potter.

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