To my shame I haven't been out and about with the children this week except for the school run and an unphotographed scoot to church as we have just been too busy! So instead this is something we did last summer and I really must do again. One grey and damp afternoon I purchased each of us a day trip ticket for the Windermere steamers and we set off to see how much use we could get out of it. First up was a sail on Tern from Lakeside up to Bowness:
She is a beautiful old vessel and we enjoy our trips on her. It was such a shame that as we boat hopped the weather was pretty damp and we spent a lot of time inside the cabins:
The children were brave enough to pose for photographs out on deck a couple of times:
My favourite part of the journey was the little launch from Waterhead over to Wray Castle:
On this occasion we didn't get out to explore the castle but its well worth a visit.
These are my top tips for spending a day on the Windermere steamers:
- Start early to get as much in as you can and actually stop and explore
- Use timetables to work out the way you want to go
- Take plenty of warm/waterproof gear as its chilly out on the water
- To keep costs down take a picnic (wish I'd had a flask of coffee or hot chocolate on this trip!)
I really must try a winter trip as we get a 50% discount as locals!