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  • Damson Dene Hotel
    Near Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Riverside Hotel
    Located in Kendal town centre
  • Newby Bridge Hotel
    Overlooking Lake Windermere
  • Cuckoo Brow Inn
    Close to Lake Windermere
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'Seas' the day with a Lake Cruise...
 
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Windermere Lake Cruises – The most popular attraction in Cumbria! Offering cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours, you have plenty of time to soak up dazzling views of mountain scenery and cast your eye on secluded bays and wooded islands. Windermere Lakes Cruises also offer a Freedom of the Lake ticket, which means you can spend all day on or around the Lake. You can begin your journey at either Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside, with the opportunity to ‘break your journey’ with a host of excellent attractions. Well behaved dogs can travel free of charge. View timetables, ticket prices and plan your ideal cruise here.
 
Ullswater SteamersUllswater Steamers is celebrating over 150 years of operating on England’s most beautiful lake. They are an award-winning environmentally accredited lake District attraction, offering their visitors an unforgettable experience, 363 days of the year. Catch views of Wordsworth’s Daffodils on the west shore in Spring, and experience the all-embracing landscape of Lakelands highest mountains. Timetable connections vary between Glenridding, Howtown, and Pooley Bridge piers. Dogs are welcome on board, although small charges may apply. View timetables and ticket prices here.
 
Coniston Launch – Beautiful boat cruises on Coniston Water in the Lake District. Regular scheduled services are available, which cover two different circular routes on Coniston Water where you can either stay on the boat for a full cruise or stop off at any of the jetties and catch a later boat back. Coniston Launch offer special cruises such as the Swallows and Amazons cruise – a 90-minute voyage where you’re invited to see through the eyes of Arthur Ransome. They also offer the Campbells on Coniston cruise, which is a comprehensive talk about speed record attempts on Coniston water from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Dogs are welcome on board but small charges may apply. View timetables and ticket prices here.
 
Keswick Launch Company – Start your journey from the Keswick boat landings and explore 7 lakeshore jetties around the beautiful Derwentwater. Keswick Launch provides a convenient way to explore the Northern Lake District – Explorer tickets are available so you are able to hop on and off the boat as you please. Well behaved dogs are most welcome and free of charge!
 
Windermere Car Ferry – The ferry departs from Bowness and travels to Sawrey, which is approximately 15 minutes walking distance or a short drive from the Cuckoo Brow Inn. For more information, see here.
 
All aboard...
 
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Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – Take a trip through glorious countryside on one of Alfred Wainwrights favourite journeys. The journey begins at Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, with 7 request stops and finishing at Dalegarth (Boot station). The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, and is also known as ‘La’al Ratty’ (little railway). It’s a cosy and comfortable 40-minute journey with miles of spectacular scenery to endure. Dogs are more than welcome although small charges may apply. To view timetables and fares see here.
 
Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway – Travel back in time with Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Board the train at Haverthwaite Station and enjoy views from your carriage up to Lakeside; the southern tip of Lake Windermere and a stone’s throw from Newby Bridge Hotel which is part of the South Lakes Group. Combine your journey aboard a Windermere Steamer to Bowness or Ambleside. Well-behaved dogs can travel free of charge! See timetables here.
 
Other stations – Riverside Hotel is just a short walk from Kendal train station, with direct links to Windermere and Oxenholme, and Oxenholme train station is a short drive from the hotel with direct links to Glasgow Central and London Euston, Manchester Airport and Edinburgh.
 
Local Bus Services

Please visit Stagecoach Bus or Cumbria County Council for more information regarding local bus services and timetables.
There are bus stops directly outside Newby Bridge Hotel travelling to and from Barrow in Furness and Kendal (X6).
Kendal Bus Station is a short walk from Riverside Hotel, with direct links to Barrow in Furness (X6), to and from Keswick and Lancaster (555) and other local services around the Kendal area.
 

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  • Damson Dene Hotel - 015395 68676
  • Riverside Hotel - 01539 734861
  • Newby Bridge Hotel - 015395 31222
  • Cuckoo Brow - 015394 43425
  • Bay Villa - 015395 36793

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