Sunset on Windermere

Watch the sun go down with Evening Cruises on England’s longest lake

Published: 21st June 2017

Visitors heading to the heart of the Lake District can take in a glorious Lakeland panorama set against the backdrop of the setting sun this summer, with special ‘Sunset Cruises’ on England’s longest lake.

Passengers travelling with Windermere Lake Cruises can now enjoy 75 minute evening sailings, which co-incide with the twilight hours and sail wherever the sun sets best. In June and early July, that’s the southern end of lake. Later in the summer, the focus switches to Windermere’s central and northern basins.

The evening cruises will run throughout the summer months until late August and are the perfect way to wind down after a day out exploring one of the UK’s most iconic landscapes.

From silhouettes of the dramatic Langdale Pikes and quirky lakeside landmarks like the neo-gothic Wray Castle, to unique views of Windermere’s many tiny islands dotted along its 10.5 mile length, passengers can sit back and enjoy a spectrum of reds and oranges painted across Mother Nature's canvas.

Visitors can make the most of the spectacular colour spectrum on the open deck of a ‘modern launch’, usually the aptly-named Miss Lakeland. Or if it’s a little cooler, they can step inside and take in nature’s splendour from the warmth and comfort of the boat’s spacious cabin, complete with a licensed bar. There are also hot drinks and snacks on offer.

Tickets for the 2017 ‘Sunset Cruises’ are £10.80 for adults and £6.50 for children. Family tickets (for 2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15) are also available for £31.00. Under 5s sail for free.

Please check departure times before sailing, as these differ slightly depending on the setting sun.

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