Today we set up another new offer with one of the biggest attractions in the Cumbrian Lakes – Windermere Lake Cruises ( I am particularly excited about this as many guests who visit like a trip on the ferries that ply the 10.5 miles of Lake Windermere. For guests who stay at Blenheim Lodge, we can offer an exclusive 10% discount off a Windermere Lake cruise.

There are four villages which are particularly well-accessed by ferry on Lake Windermere: Bowness on Windermere; Ambleside; Lakeside and Hawkshead. Of these, only Bowness and Lakeside truly sit by the side of the Lake, but the other two villages are located about a mile from their ferry points. These are villages popular with locals and visitors alike and offer a variety of activities.

Bowness on Windermere, which is the main hub of Windermere Lake Cruises, offers attractions such as The World of Beatrix Potter ( and the Steamboat Museum ( There are also a good number of boutique shops that you would not normally find on the high street. A mile inland from Bowness is Windermere village, where there are more shops to browse for that special gift. Bowness and Windermere are well provided for in terms of restaurants, pubs, cafes, and other essential amenities such as banks, post offices, bakeries, delicatessens, a theatre and a cinema, chemists, hair and beauty salons and spas.

Hop off the ferry at Waterhead and walk inland to Ambleside. Like Bowness on Windermere, Ambleside is a thriving village with the usual essential amenities and more that guests look for. Ambleside, like Keswick, is particularly good for walkers or climbers looking to buy some gear. There is a waterfall in Ambleside that can be accessed up a path next to Barclays Bank.

Lakeside is a little paradise for kids. There is a steam train that runs to Haverthwaite( and also an aquarium ( It is possible to buy a cruise ticket to include train rides and/or aquarium entry fees. Sometimes the steam trains put on a theme, taking us all back to that memory lane where so many kids met Thomas the Tank Engine.

Hawkshead is an uphill walk from Ferry House. This village is also well served with the requisite local and tourist amenities. The gem in this village is Beatrix Potter’s collection of drawings, which is a major attraction. Beatrix Potter’s house, Hilltop (, is only a short distance from Hawkshead

For us at Blenheim Lodge, we are particularly pleased that we are able to offer our guests  this exclusive 10% discount for cruises on Lake Windermere. Aside from the ferry stops mentioned above, the cruise company also has other tour options, such as round-trip rides around the Lake, tickets that include walks to Wray Castle ( which is situated on a tiny island in the Lake, as well as Summer buffet cruises, among others.

Blenheim Lodge is situated an easy 5-7 minutes walk to the pier in Bowness Bay, where guests can catch any of the cruises mentioned above. For guests who do not wish to drive or who do not have private transport, the ferries provide an effective and attractive means of visiting many attractions in this part of the Lakes. For example, guests can either hop on a ferry to visit Ambleside or they can take a bus or drive the five miles there. In any case, Blenheim Lodge is so well situated to local and national transport links that it is an easy matter to enjoy the charms of the Lake District whilst using our B&B as a convenient and comfortable base.

If you would like to find out more about this and other offers exclusive to guests at Blenheim Lodge, please do get in touch with us by phone or email. We would be delighted to help with your enquiry and to welcome you to an enjoyable stay at our guest house.

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