After all the driving and walking of our first day, we decided to just cruise around Windermere and relax. We were near to Lakeside ferry pier, so started our journey from there on the ‘Teal’ to Bowness-on-Windermere. We bought our ‘Freedom of the Lake’ ticket at Lakeside Pier for £18.50. Although on Fridays the price is reduced to £14.80, the boats are probably packed on this day. Parking is available for £3.50 for the day – and has to be paid by all vehicles even if a Blue Badge holder.
Heading North from Lakeside Pier
As we were on the first sailing of the day the ship was relatively empty. This was to change later as we sailed to the more populous area of the lake. A very pleasant 40 minute cruise to Bowness, taking a few photos along the way whilst avoiding the SLR mega-zoom camera owner who seemed to want the best viewing position to himself all the time. Then just before I went to swear at him he offered to take our photo, and then shot quite possibly the most boring view of the Lake. Idiot.
This ship had a café in the lower deck that did a nice cup of tea or coffee, so we were told. We thought we would get a drink later as we had a bottle of squash with us. A great idea with just two flaws, we just assumed the same ship would sail the same route all day (wrong!) and even if another ship was used coming back to Lakeside it would also have a nice café (wrong!).
So we disembarked at Bowness, the popularity of Lake District was all too apparent in this bustling port town, even in June. We just waited for our connection on another two boats to Wray castle via Ambleside.
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