Bowness, Lake Windermere Cruise & Railway
Duration: 9 1/4 hours
Tour Code: LPL-011
Travel through the bucolic Lake District on a steam train and steamer boat before enjoying free time in Bowness on the shore of England’s longest lake.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely drive north into the Lake District National Park, a natural wonderland that is home to England’s highest mountain and longest lake. The abundance of lakes and smaller tarns is due to the volcanic rock just below the surface that prevents water seepage.
Upon arriving in Haverthwaite, you will board a vintage steam train and ride through the Leven River Valley. As the train puffs along the 3-mile railway, expect extraordinary views. The railway was built in the 1850s at the height of the Industrial Revolution to carry iron ore. It became a passenger line in the 1970s and was lovingly restored to its original condition.
In time, you will pull into Lakeside at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, where you will board a steamer. Although motor-powered, the boat is still known as a steamer in light of its original source of power. The gorgeous scenery continues as you cruise up the long, narrow lake to the Victorian-influenced village of Bowness.
During free time in Bowness, you may browse the shops lining the narrow streets, enjoy a pint in a 17th-century pub and tour St. Martin’s Church in an even older part of town called Lowside. Then following lunch at a local restaurant, you will return to the pier via coach, offering a different, yet equally scenic route.
Please note: This tour is largely panoramic in nature; with walking mostly optional and at the guests’ discretion during free time in Bowness. There will be steep steps to negotiate to board the train and cobblestone surfaces in some areas of Bowness. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Public toilet facilities may require local currency. The tour sequence may vary.