THE LAKE ESCAPE
National Geographic Traveller (UK)|September - October 2020
THE LAKE ESCAPE
Heading to the Lake District? Pack your walking gear and embrace the great outdoors to make the most of a family getaway around Lake Windermere
MARIA PIERI

On the water

Set off on a cruise and take in one of the bestknown lakes by boat. Windermere Cruises runs a number of (at the time of writing, socially distanced) cruises from Lakeside Pier, at the southern end of Lake Windermere. Alternatively, there’s the fun Lakeside Circular Cruise & Steam Train tour, which departs from Haverthwaite railway station and chugs its way to Lakeside Pier; or the Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside circular cruises, each of which lasts around an hour. windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

King of the castle

Head to Wray Castle, a gothic revival National Trust property on the western shore of Windermere. Little ones can dream themselves away to a fantasy world by exploring the castle’s elaborate hall, towers and turrets. The beautiful surrounding countryside also enchanted a certain Beatrix Potter, whose tales come to life inside in the former servants’ quarters, now the CBeebies Peter Rabbit Adventure rooms. nationaltrust.org.uk

A step back in time

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