Set sail on a ‘Discovery Cruise’ this summer with a National Park Ranger

Set sail on a ‘Discovery Cruise’ this summer with a National Park Ranger

Published: 14th July 2014

Warning omage This an archived news article from 2014. Please see our Days Out & Events section for current events on Windermere,

Families can uncover some of Windermere’s hidden wildlife wonders this summer, with a series of ‘Discovery Cruises’ on England’s longest lake.

At 10.5 miles long and 200 feet deep, Windermere’s lakeshore wetlands are a nationally important habitat with more than a thousand ducks, geese and swans throughout the year, including occasional rarer visitors such as the black swan and long-tailed duck. Families of elusive otters have also been spotted out on the lake in recent years, while an impressive cormorant colony roosts on the islands out in the middle of Windermere.

Running in July, August and September, Windermere Lake Cruises’ nature-themed sailings will include live commentary from a Lake District National Park Ranger, who will provide a unique perspective of the lake, its wildlife and its history.

Passengers can join the cruises for all or part of the 160 minute tours on board one of the lake’s aptly-named steamers, Swan or Teal. Along the way, they will take in secluded bays, ancient woodlands and the towering silhouettes of the Langdale Pikes and other surrounding fells.

The Rangers will be based on the historic vessel’s top deck and with no fixed script, they 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. It will also be an opportunity for people of all ages to find out more some of the threats and challenges facing this unique natural habitat, and how they can help protect it for future generations.

The Discovery Cruises will set sail for Ambleside from Windermere Lake Cruises’ Steamer Pier at Bowness at 12.20pm on regular dates in July, August and September 2014. To explore the southern half of the lake, passengers can join the boat on its way back down Windermere at 1.50pm.

The cruise will be taking place on:

  • Wednesdays 16, 23 and 30 July
  • Wednesdays 6, 13 and 20 August
  • Wednesday 3 September

These are all scheduled sailings. For more information please call 015394 43360 or to buy tickets, please see below:

There is no extra cost to hear the Ranger talks.


Notes to Editors:

For more information or hi res images, please contact: Heather Sewell, 01539 825002 / 07795 487003 /

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