The Lake District is an absolutely stunning location for a holiday any time of the year, but in the summer, with the addition of extra transport options through the Cross Lakes Experience, a summer break in the Lakes gets even better for visitors who prefer to travel without private transport. The Cross Lakes Experience enables people to explore the Lake District by bus, boat, bicycle or on foot. According to the Lake District National Park website, ‘The Cross Lakes Experience lets you explore Windermere, Coniston Water and the breathtaking countryside between without the car. Try by boat, bus, bike or boot instead!’ (

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Cruise Lake Windermere. This photo of a ferry cruising Lake Windermere was taken from one of lake-facing bedrooms at Blenheim Lodge.

Guests staying at Blenheim Lodge can easily access the modes of transport suggested in the Cross Lakes Experience timetable. The ferries and buses are only a short 5-7 minute walk from our guest house and bicycle hire is available at a kiosk by the Lake. Of course guests can also bring their own bikes, and we can offer secure storage for these.

One of the best ways of discovering the Lakes is to enjoy the scenery without having to worry about driving on the correct side of the road (for international visitors), navigating, or, indeed, trying to negotiate some of Lakeland’s narrow lanes whilst a large bus is coming towards one’s own vehicle. This is when taking advantage of the Cross Lakes Experience project comes into its own. One can enjoy one’s self and let another person take care of the nitty gritty of getting one to one’s destination!

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Lakeland scenery: Scafell Pike (Photo courtesy of

The ferry routes across Lake Windermere form part of the Cross Lakes Experience. However, there is also much to do around the Lake. Bowness-on-Windemere is centrally located on Lake Windermere, and the ferries that ply the Lake offer visitors opportunities to stay on board or to hop on and off various stopping off points. One could spend a day or more using the ferries on the Lake to visit places like Ambleside, Lakeside, Wray Castle, Brockhole and so on.

'This is not a real castle but a private house built in in the Gothic Revival Style in 1840. . . . You can explore the Castle inside and out in all weather. Find your way from James and Margaret Dawson’s grand living spaces to narrow winding passages used by their servants. . . . Wander the Castle's elaborate hall, rooms with towers, turrets and arrow slots. There’s plenty for younger visitors too - building cardboard castles, dressing up or following trails. . . . The grounds are well worth visiting for the sake of the specimen trees - wellingtonia, redwood, gingkoa, weeping lime and varieties of beech. There is a mulberry tree planted by William Wordsworth in 1845. Watbarrow Wood is the wooded bank between the castle and the lake, and has several pleasant paths leading through it to the water's edge. There are spectacular views across Windermere.' (Words and photo courtesy of
Wray Castle. (Photo courtesy of

Blenheim Lodge is well situated for touring the Lake District. Our central Lakes location means that even the areas of the Lake District that are furthest from our doorstep are no more than about 45-60 minutes’ ride away. However, as we are handily located in Bowness-on-Windermere with all the local amenities, transport links and even walks and viewpoints no more than a short stroll or walk away, it makes it even easier for guests staying with us to get around. Guests who drive to the Lakes will also be able to park in our on-site car park.

At Blenheim Lodge, we always have at least one ongoing special offer even during the summer months. The best offer is based on a week’s stay of 7 nights or more outside public holiday long weekends and dates, where our rates drop below our winter tariffs if guests make a direct booking with us by phone or email. Why not visit peaceful Blenheim Lodge for all types of breaks? Stay with us for a romantic interlude, an activity holiday, a sightseeing break, or a quiet retreat. You will always be made to feel welcome in our Bed and Breakfast guest house.

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Stunning lake and mountain views as seen here from The Langdale 4-poster room at Blenheim Lodge.

Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’

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