We used the steamer to return to Glenridding from Howtown, a small hamlet part way down the
lake. We walked on the outward journey - a pleasant and scenic walk with quite a bit of undulating climb that takes about 3 hours (plus or minus 30 minutes, depending on your fitness and walking speed).
We walked from Glenridding as we had seen the weather forecast and this made it less likely we'd have to walk in the rain and was also downwind. Most people take the steamer and walk back.
The trip back was pleasant enough with a warm undercabin with a bar serving alcoholic and soft drinks. On deck it was cold and damp, although thankfully we could still see much of the sceneery as we glided smoothly westward.
A great way to take in the scenery, especially on a fine day when you can sit outside on the upper deck.
Parking at Glenridding is expensive (£5 or £7) so parking at Howtown (limited) or Pooley Bridge is a cheaper option.
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