Boating history enthusiasts now have the chance to glimpse into Windermere's past, as old cine film footage is released online for the first time.

The footage provides a nostalgic look at the area's boating legacy, offering an exclusive peek at life as a boatman and the arrival of Windermere Lake Cruises' waterbus vessels on England's longest lake.

Filmed from the 1970s to the 1980s, the footage captures some dramatic moments like a fire at Ambleside Boathouse around 50 years ago.

The films were the creation of Raymond Dennison, a cine film enthusiast and former Chairman of Windermere Lake Cruises, who passed away in 2007.

A selection of Raymond's vintage content has now been digitised and shared online by Windermere Lake Cruises.

Rob Beale, Boat Master with Windermere Lake Cruises and boating historian, said: "The films might never have been seen in public had Raymond’s family not realised their historical interest.

"We are very grateful they handed them over to us.

“They give a glimpse into the past and document the development of transport and tourism on Windermere.”

Among the digitised content is a film depicting the arrival of the first true waterbus class vessel on Windermere, Ladyholme.

Ladyholme arrived in 1973, and was 39ft long and weighed 20 tonnes.

Mr Beale said: "The waterbus vessels are often overlooked.

"But they were the workhorses of the fleet and generated income.

"Without that income it might have been impossible to preserve the more famous old "steamers" which are such an iconic image on Windermere."The Mail: Raymond Dennison on holiday in Canada in 1978 - his son said he always seemed to have a camera in hand.Raymond Dennison on holiday in Canada in 1978 - his son said he always seemed to have a camera in hand. (Image: Raymond Dennison)

Raymond Dennison's son, Martin Dennison, reflected on his father's passion for film and his lifelong connection with Windemere's boating industry.

He said: "Dad loved filming and editing and always seemed to have a camera held to his eye.

"I’m sure he would be delighted his old films are going on public display and will give people a glimpse into Windermere’s past."

Mr Beale encouraged readers to enjoy the online journey into yesteryears. He said: "I hope people look at the footage on our website and enjoy the trip back in time.

"They might even recognise their younger selves among the many people enjoying cruises on our boats."

There are still reels yet to be digitised, which are believed to show a range of historic events, such as a Sunderland Flying Boat landing on Windermere, a big freeze in the early 1980s, and the launch of Windermere’s car ferry, The Mallard, in the early 1990s.

The footage can be viewed here: