Guests booking direct at Holmlea can take advantage of a discounted red and yellow cruise when purchasing a ticket from us during your stay.
Take a cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises
Elegant Lake cruisers depart from Bowness pier, a short walk from our bed and breakfast accommodation. Take a return journey to the pretty village of Ambleside (at the northern end of the lake) or Lakeside (at the southern end of the lake). At Lakeside you can visit the Aquarium of the Lakes and ride on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway. A great way to see the lake and take in those breathtaking views.
Windermere Lake Cruises offer regular sailings throughout the year to Bowness and Brockhole on their red cruise. A full lake cruise will take you to Lakeside Pier on their yellow cruise. In the summer season, the green cruise sails from Waterhead (Ambleside) to Wray Castle and a convenient walker’s ticket allows you to explore the quiet western shore of the lake.
There’s loads of great attractions that are accessible from Windermere Lake Cruises. You can break up the journey by stopping off at any pier to return on a later boat. Brockhole (on the red cruise) is home to the Lake District Visitor’s centre with exciting family activities such as Treetop Nets and Treetop Trek plus scenic walks, exhibitions and events. Bustling Bowness (on the red cruise) is packed full of pubs, cafes and great family attractions such as the World of Beatrix Potter. Lakeside Pier (on the yellow cruise) is a scenic 90 minute full lake trip away and is home to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway, Lakeland Motor Museum and The Lakes Aquarium.
If you wish to visit Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Home, take Windermere Lake Cruises traditional Lake Shuttle launch from Pier 3 at Bowness to Ferry House on the other side of the Lake. The boat combines with a bus service when you arrive at Ferry House. The bus from Ferry House takes a further 10 minutes to Hill Top.