One of the nicest things to do in the Lake District is to watch the sun set at the end of a lovely sunny day. I am sitting in our lounge at present looking at the ball of bright light diffused amongst white clouds as the sun gets ready to slowly disappear off the horizon. The days are longer now that Spring is here and it does not get dark until after 8 pm. Later on in the year, it will be well after 10 pm before night falls.

Sunset over Lake Windermere
A lovely sunset serenades the end of the day as seen from The Fairfield room at Blenheim Lodge. A glorious setting sun over the mountains surrounding Lake Windermere, which is just visible beyond the vegetation in the foreground.

I love the colours of sunset, particularly the reds and oranges that backlight the skies. From mid-May onwards, we will be able to offer sunset cruises on board a yacht, where guests may enjoy nibbles of cheese and wine whilst sailing Windermere. Sunset cruises only go on a Sunday night, but we also do dinner cruises on board a yacht almost every day of the week, where guests can admire spectacular sunsets against the backdrop of leafy fells whilst sailing Windermere.

Windermere is the largest lake in the Lake District and is home to many watercraft. Windermere Lake Cruises which operates the ferry services on the Lake also offers dinner and sunset cruises in Summer. In fact, one can enjoy a buffet meal with a live jazz band on board these cruises. Lake Windermere is only a 5-minute walk from our Bed and Breakfast, Blenheim Lodge, so it is no hardship to walk the few minutes to the pier from which these cruises leave.

A yacht in the calm waters of Lake Windermere
Calm descends on the yacht at sunset on Lake Windermere. Why not combine your visit to Blenheim Lodge with a dinner sail or only cheese and wine if you prefer and sail into the sunset? Photo courtesy of

Over the last three weeks, we have been enjoying fantastic sunny weather in Bowness-on-Windermere, which is great weather for viewing sunsets. Indeed, in the South Central Lakes, of which Bowness is a part, there has been nothing but excellent weather, albeit a little chilly as it is still early Spring. For this reason, if you are thinking of visiting the Lakes, it is probably a good idea to bring some warm clothing with you.

The newspapers have forecast April showers in a fortnight’s time for the UK. If the weathermen are right, then it might also be wise to bring wet weather gear when visiting the Lake District in late April. As for me, I’ll take it as it comes. After all, the Lake District will still be beautiful irregardless of rain, sun, sleet or snow.

brant fell windermere lake district
Don’t you think this sunset is gorgeous? A striation of pale blue grey sky, red and orange streaks of sun setting, purple blue mountains, almost colourless water, and a dark landmass in the foreground, which is Brantfell viewpoint, accessed from the farm gate at the back of Blenheim Lodge, our Bowness-on-Windermere guest house. (Photo courtesy of

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