Whilst we were holidaying in the lake district we took a boat trip with Windermere lake cruises. We combined it with the trip to Wray castle which I blogged about last week and a trip to Brockhole (blog post coming soon).
Windermere lake cruises offer quite a few different boat trips which you can find more information about on their website. The trip we took was the green cruise. This trip starts at Ambleside pier and stops first at Wray castle and then at Brockhole, before returning to Ambleside.
We joined the boat at Ambleside and F was very excited to be going on her first boat trip. The boat was this blue one and only had one level which was a shame as this was the only ride out of the three where it wasn’t raining. F really enjoyed seeing the other boats on the lake and the boat ride in general. We got off at Wray castle and enjoyed a few hours playing and exploring. If you are not familiar with Wray castle make sure you read my post and see why it is one of the most child friendly National trust properties).
After lunch and we returned to the pier and waited for the second boat. We arrived early and quiet a lot of people had the same idea. Fortunately, everyone managed to get on the boat but only just.
Again we all enjoyed the short ride to Brockhole. I’ll blog more soon about Brockhole as it is another great family friendly destination in the lakes. We made sure we were back at the pier in plenty of time for the boat back to Ambleside.
Unlike the previous 2 boats, the boat that we joined at Brockhole had space on the open top, second deck. Unfortunately, though the rain continued so we sat downstairs with E in the covered area. My mum decided she would sit with F on the top deck (they were the only ones up there). Apparently, they had lots of fun singing and watching the lake and shore. F thought it was a real adventure.
The three boats combined takes around 50 minutes. You can stay on or get off at either or both of the two attractions. We did find it a bit much getting on and off the boat 3 times with a 4 month old baby and our 3 year old. Nether the less we had a lovely day exploring lake Windermere.
Our top tips for Windermere lake cruises:
- Arrive at Ambleside pier early to make sure you get a ticket as boats can fill up quick.
- Pushchairs and prams are welcome on the boats but they will need to be collapsed and storage is limited. Baby wearing definitely helps on these trips.
- The green cruise ticket price includes 10% off entry at Wray castle and free entry into Brockhole.
- You could easily spend a full day at Wray castle or Brockhole so either pick one to visit or be prepared to seem a smaller amount of time at both sites.
- There are things to do in all weathers at both Wray castle and Brockhole. Wray castle is probably better on wet days and Brockhole on dry.
- Both Wray castle and Brockhole have cafes and toilet, baby change facilities.
- There are toilets in the pay and display car park at Ambleside pier, Waterhead.
- Waterhead coffee shop does the most delicious cakes.