5 Boat and Train Rides near Windermere

Travelling by boat and train rides near Windermere is an obvious way to get around the Lake District without a car. Especially if you’re travelling on a budget and staying at a cheap hotel in Windermere.

Windermere Lake Cruises

It wouldn’t be a holiday in the Lake District without a trip on the Windermere Lake Cruises. As well as being one of the most popular destinations in the Lake District, Lake Windermere is England’s largest natural lake.

While on holiday in Windermere you can take a cruise almost any time you like. In fact, Windermere Lake Cruises cater for all occasions. Throughout the year there are dinner cruises, lively musical events, or simply a relaxing cruise along the water.

Ullswater Steamers

The beauty of boat and train rides near Windermere is they come with some amazing scenery along the way. However, Ullswater Steamers comes with a huge back history too. First setting sail in 1877, the Lady of the Lake is believed to be one of the oldest passenger ferries in the world.

Originally designed to be much more than just a way of getting from A to B, Ullswater Steamers used to carry commercial goods and equipment to the local mines. These days however, it’s a chance to ride the water in style.

Coniston Launch

If you’re staying in Windermere, you can always try Windermere Lake Cruises one day and Coniston Launch the next. Only with Coniston Launch, you can also use it to your advantage for getting around the Lake District.

There are numerous stops throughout the journey, giving you the chance to reach the shores next to the Old Man of Coniston. Ideal for a popular walk in the Lake District. Alternatively, jump out at Brantwood House, once home to renowned art critic and philanthropist John Ruskin.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Many of the boat and train rides near Windermere offer combination tickets, as such you really can get around without a car. Especially if you’ve already found a place to stay near Windermere Train Station.

Another mode of transport with strong links to the mining days of the Lake District, the Ravenglass and Esdale Railway is particularly popular with steam train enthusiasts. Whereby the service runs throughout the year, although check the official website before you travel.

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

While you could catch the train further afield, Lakeside and Haverthwaite is the ideal way to embrace the beautiful Cumbrian countryside. The traditional steam railway is just that, preserved in time, a chance to smell the coals burning as the train whistle sounds.

It’s certainly the easiest way to travel in style while on a budget. With stops near the Lakes Aquarium, the Lakeland Motorhome and Lake Windermere itself, it’s an ideal opportunity to make the most of those combination tickets to save money.

Cheap Hotel in Windermere

Staying in Windermere on a budget doesn’t mean your cheap hotel has to cut corners on quality. As such our Windermere Guesthouse and Hostel provides a quiet and comfortable place to stay near Windermere Train Station.