Friday 12 November 2010

Cross lake ferry

At 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, Windermere is England's largest natural lake. It is fed by numerous rivers and has three major settlements, in Bowness (on the east shore), Ambleside (to the north) and Pooley Bridge (to the south). Windermere attracts numerous tourists both because of its size and because of its location. Being at the southern end of the Lake District makes it more readily accessible to the industrial conurbations of Lancashire, Merseyside and South & West Yorkshire.

The shape of the lake poses a bit of a problem for west-east travel; the 10 mile length running from north to south and creating an effective barrier.  A partial solution exists in the form of the cross lake ferry, which runs between the Ferry Nab and Far Sawrey terminals. In the summer, there can be a bit of a queue, but in late October, it is much less busy!

Typically, we arrived at Ferry Nab to see a ready loaded ferry about to leave :(

...but at least that gave me the chance to take a few photos :)

...before our turn came.


  1. Now you've gone and done it. Here am I just back from holiday and you make me want to pack the cases again and head up to the Lakes. There seems such a stillness about it - but perhaps it is not quite as still today.

  2. I'm in love with the picture of the single boat. Nice. :)

  3. We do a lot of ferry traveling, but never on a lake. The water looks so still and clear.

  4. What a beautiful landscape !! It's a real pity that the weather is like in Belgium and not like in Italy !

  5. beautiful landscape ! nice day to you.

  6. Love the top photo. It's as if you had captured the moment when the earth is just waking up.