A very calming ride up and down the lake. Punctual and professionally run by people who seem to enjoy handling boats and welcoming visitors aboard. Its very comforting in a way - a bit like a big hug from your favourite granny. You know, that warm, enveloping embrace and a whiff of diesel. If your granny is wood-panelled, you'll know what I mean.
It's a shame the only service from Pooley Bridge at this time of year gives you just half an hour in Glenridding before the run back up the lake. I suppose the answer is to go back again in summer when there is more light and more boats on the move.
M.Y. Raven is a very attractive vessel - a bit gondola-like and sits nice and stable in the water. Lovely views at all stages of the journey, though we didn't stop at Howtown due to the very high water levels - the lake had escaped onto the road in a couple of places as we found out on a drive the previous day.
A good way to spend a couple of hours - and don't forget your camera as you'll see the hills from a different angle.
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