A visit to the Lakes hardly seems complete without a boat trip on Lake Windermere. After all, it's a fictionalised version of Windermere which is depicted in Arthur Ransome's book, Swallows and Amazons. Whether you choose to hire a rowing boat or prefer to opt for a Lake Cruise, there's nothing like getting out on the water of the largest natural lake in England.
The Lake District is most obviously associated with boats, so some people may be surprised to learn that there are also attractions for rail and car enthusiasts. If you catch the Lakes Steamer from Bowness south to Lakeside Pier, you disembark just a few steps from the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, a preserved line which runs through the picturesque Leven Valley. It was originally part of the Furness Railway, used primarily for transporting freight, such as coal, for the lake's steamers, but the line was closed in the 1960s. The preservation railway reopened in 1973, operating a steam service for tourists.
A visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum is not to be missed for vintage car enthusiasts. If you're staying at the Hawksmoor Lakeland Guest House, a luxury B&B in Windermere, you can travel to the Lakeland Motor Museum by car, bus or bike. Alternatively, catch the boat then take the bus service from Lakeside Pier to the museum. From Fords to Fiats, Buicks to Bentleys, you'll find vehicles representing over 100 years of motoring history. Don't miss the Campbell Bluebird exhibition which celebrates the remarkable achievements of Sir Malcolm Campbell and his son Donald.
If you simply can't choose a favourite form of transport, buy a combined ticket for a lake cruise, the railway and the motor museum. As for planes, well you can't catch one here, but you might just see one of the low-flying military aircraft, such as Hawks or Typhoons, on RAF training exercises in the area.
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