WINDERMERE Lake Cruises will be welcoming passengers back onboard its 17-strong fleet from next month, with the launch of its seasonal timetable on December 2. As the November lockdown comes to an end, the company will operate timetabled passenger services throughout the remainder of the autumn, winter and spring, subject to continued compliance with government legislation, on three of the most popular routes on Windermere – some of which will be helmed by six new Boat Masters. The attraction’s winter fleet, including the brand new ‘MV Swift’, will continue to operate every day, apart from Christmas Day, between Bowness and Ambleside and the Islands Cruise. The service between Bowness and Lakeside, will also operate, apart from Christmas Day and not on weekdays between January 4 and February 5 2021 inclusive. The company will also be operating its self-drive motorboats from Bowness beach. As ever, all services will operate subject to weather permitting.

Sailings will continue to be operated in a Covid-Secure manner, in accordance with legislation and guidance applicable to public transport, with the requirement to book tickets on-line prior to travel in order to maintain social distancing.

The Mail: (Left to right) Richard Snape of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with Windermere Lake Cruises Boat Masters Xavier Staub, Jon Oddie & Sam Badger(Left to right) Richard Snape of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with Windermere Lake Cruises Boat Masters Xavier Staub, Jon Oddie & Sam Badger

Windermere Lake Cruises Managing Director, Nigel Wilkinson, said: “We are pleased that we are once again able to operate and our colleagues, many of whom live in the local communities around the lake, are able to return to work. It’s been well documented in recent months that thousands of jobs and businesses across the wider area rely heavily on the support of local residents, particularly during quieter times of the year, so our message really is for our communities to enjoy the winter delights that can be experienced on their doorsteps. “Throughout 2020 we all learned to explore the local area more thoroughly than we had perhaps done in the past, and it’s now more important than ever to delve even deeper into the county that so many of us call home. Our local residents are just as important to Cumbria’s economy as our visitors from further afield, so we’d love to see them taking short breaks and day-trips right here. By doing this, they will not only be supporting local businesses and directly contributing to the economic recovery but helping to conserve our communities. “Personally, I’m also excited that our new vessel ‘MV Swift’ will be back out on the water after only a handful of sailings so far this year. It’s a great chance for passengers to be among the first to sail on her, and what better time of year to do it? With socially-distanced seating, it’s a wonderful chance to breathe-in some fresh, winter air while surrounded by our 21st century comforts.”