The Lake District has 19 major Lakes so with all that water around it would be a shame not to spend some time on it. Many of the lakes offer Boat trips in various different crafts and give you the chance to see the beautiful surroundings from a different viewpoint to that on dry land.

Steam yacht Gondola Tel: 015394 41533

First launched in 1859 Gondola sailed from the southern end of Coniston Water to the north daily from 1859 till her decommission in 1936. From 1946 until the early 1960s she spent her life as a houseboat at the southern most tip of Coniston Water until she was beached following a violent storm which wrenched her from her moorings. In the early 70s, a group of National Trust enthusiasts decided that Gondola should be saved for the nation and in 1980 a pristine Gondola was launched and a new era began. The rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht will transport you back to an era of peace and tranquility. It sails every day (weather permitting) with round trips taking approximately 45 minutes from Coniston, calling at Brantwood jetty.

Coniston Launch Coniston Tel: 015394 36216

For the more environmentally conscious amongst you the Coniston launch is a solar electric boat and travels to seven jetties around the lake. Boats leave Coniston daily at half past every hour from 10.30am, with regular trips across to Brantwood. Special cruises include "Swallows and Amazons" and "Campbells on Coniston".

Windermere Lake Cruises Windermere Tel: 015394 43360

Windermere is Englands largest Lake and Windermere Lake Cruises have 3 boats in service to take you on a tour of it. The vessels Swan Teal & Tern were built in 1938,1936 and 1891 and have plied their trade ever since and were even owned by Sealink in the early 80's. They operate from Lakeside up to Bowness and Ambleside with the first sailing at 9.15. The Lake Cruises are the most popular attraction in Cumbria with over a million people enjoying it every year so bear in mind it can get extremely busy in Summer.

Ullswater Steamers Ullswater Tel: 017684 82229

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning Lake District attraction celebrating their 150th year of sailing. They currently have four vessels operating lake cruises on Ullswater; Lady of the Lake originally launched in 1877 and Raven in 1889. Lady Dorothy joined in 2001 and Lady Wakefield in 2007. Ullswater Steamers offer the perfect way to enjoy the area and Ullswater itself, one of Englands most beautiful lakes.

Keswick Launch Company Keswick Tel: 017687 72263

Located on the lake shore of Derwentwater near to the Lakeland market town of Keswick, the launch company offers Lake District cruises around Derwentwater throughout the year.The launches start their journey from the Keswick boat landings and cruise around the lake stopping at seven lakeshore jetties where you may embark or join the various boats. Alternatively, stay on the boat and enjoy the 50 minute trip around Derwentwater.

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