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Ullswater or Derwentwater lake tour in June

We are a large extended family gathering in the Lake District in early June. We are based in Keswick and would like to do a hop on-hop off lake tour. Likely taking the full day to explore as we go.
A less crowded and quieter experience is preferable (I know I know-it's the Lake District in June.).
Any thoughts on one verses the other are greatly appreciated

Posted by
5818 posts

Take a trip on an Ullswater Steamer and cruise the length of the lake
from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding, or a Windermere Lake Cruise from
Lakeside to Waterhead, both are great ways of getting from A to B
whilst you relax and take in the spectacular views. New evening
cruise every Thursday, departing at Pooley Bridge at 6.30pm, offering
a round trip to Howtown.

Cruises are also available on Derwentwater and Coniston Water.

We took the Windermere ferry to cross the lake from the Hilltop House side of the lake back to the Windermere side:

The ferry takes people, vehicles, horses and cycles across the lake,
reducing traffic on the surrounding narrow roads and easing congestion
and pollution. It also links the busy eastern shore of the lake and
the peaceful countryside between Windermere and Coniston on the west,
where there are many attractions and facilities for walking, riding
and cycling.

Posted by
2286 posts

they are both beautiful but there are more options to hop off in Derwentwater. As for crowds it also depends on the weather and midweek or weekends - I wouldn't be too concerned just go with the flow.

Posted by
33 posts

Thanks to all for the information and web links. The ferry information is useful as we are planning on a car rental and Hill Top.
After a bit of review of the other sites I'm leaning toward Ullswater. Does anyone know if there are small private boat rentals on Ullswater? Not having them would be a plus in my mind.
Thank you so much for the information