Windermere Ferry - Far Sawrey, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 54° 21.192 W 002° 56.330
30U E 503975 N 6022821
Quick Description: This ferry crosses the middle of Lake Windermere and can carry upto 18 vehicles and 100 passengers.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/21/2014 1:57:50 PM
Waymark Code: WMMPT3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
The Windermere Ferry has been operating for more than 500 years. The original craft were rowed across the lake, later ferries were steam driven and the most recent ones have had diesel engines. The current ferry 'Mallard' is the largest so far; a modern craft which carries up to 18 cars and over 100 passengers.

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.

In the summer months there is a minibus service between Ferry House and Hawkshead, calling at Beatrix Potter's Hilltop House. The ferry offers the opportunity to leave the car behind, cross the lake on foot and catch the bus, relaxing all the while and enjoying the scenery while someone else does all the work. link

This landing and the co-ordinate location is at the western side of the lake.

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England.[1] It is a ribbon lake formed in a glacial trough after the retreat of ice at the start of the current interglacial. It has been one of the country's most popular places for holidays and summer homes since the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere Railway's branch line in 1847. It is in the county of Cumbria and entirely within the Lake District National Park. link

There is only a landing stage at the location and the ferry operates on a quick turn around basis. There is a notice board at the same road with the prices of the ferry. As of October 2014 the prices shown were as follows.
Ferry Fares
(All Single)

Pedestrians
50p
Pedal Cycle
£ 1.00
Moped / Motorcycle / Horse
£ 1.60
Cars & Light Goods Vehicles to 1.5T or 15ft / 4.6m
£ 4.40
Caravan / Trailer
£ 4.40
Goods Vehicles 1.5T to 8T Max or 26ft / 8m Max
£ 7.80
Minibus / Coach to 16 Passengers
£ 7.80
PMinibus / Coach over 16 Passengers to 8T Max or 26ft/8m Max
£16.30
Body of water served: Lake Windermere

Places served:
The ferry links the town of Bowness-on-Windermere on the east side of the lake with Far Sawrey on the west side. There are more facilities in Bowness-on-Windermere, whilst the western side of the lake has many opportunities for walking and cycling etc. The minibus on the western side gives the opportunity to get to the attractions on the west side, with only narrow roads whilst leaving a car in Bowness-on-Windermere on the eatsern side.


Terminal / landing address:
Ferry House
Far Sawrey, Cumbria United Kingdom


Seasonal: no

Dining room / cafeteria: no

Gift shop: no

Hours of operation (non-scheduled ferry service): Not listed

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