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A beautiful day for a cruise on Lake Windermere!

A beautiful day for a cruise on Lake Windermere!

Ticket office and cruise departure point from Bowness-on-Windermere which is a town in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England.

Ticket office and cruise departure point from Bowness-on-Windermere which is a town in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England.

Looking back toward the town as we leave the dock.

Looking back toward the town as we leave the dock.

During the 19th century, Bowness grew from a small fishing village to a town living almost entirely off tourism and holiday homes.

During the 19th century, Bowness grew from a small fishing village to a town living almost entirely off tourism and holiday homes.

Scenes from the cruise, the lake is part of the Lake District National Park.

Scenes from the cruise, the lake is part of the Lake District National Park.

The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this unique corner of England, encouraging people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here.

The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this unique corner of England, encouraging people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here.

The Authority staff includes rangers and field workers, advisers at the visitor centers, planners and ecologists.

The Authority staff includes rangers and field workers, advisers at the visitor centers, planners and ecologists.

End point of Lake Windermere cruise where we catch the train to the hotel.

End point of  Lake Windermere cruise where we catch the train to the hotel.

The engine for our train on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

The engine for our train on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

View of the countryside during the train ride.

View of the countryside during the train ride.

Conductor giving directions as to the stopping point at Newby Bridge Halt on our train ride around Lake Windermere.

Conductor giving directions as to the stopping point at Newby Bridge Halt on our train ride around Lake Windermere.

Jim climbing the walkover to take pictures of our train after the ride.

Jim climbing the walkover to take pictures of our train after the ride.

Watching the locomotive switch from the walkover, it went right beneath us.

Watching the locomotive switch from the walkover, it went right beneath us.

Backing up to the cars to repeat the trip in reverse.

Backing up to the cars to repeat the trip in reverse.

Emblem on engine. The railway was developed during the 1850s and 1860s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

Emblem on engine. The railway was developed during the 1850s and 1860s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

The railway eventually fell into disrepair. After much hard work to repair and restore the line it re-opened on May 2, 1973.

The railway eventually fell into disrepair. After much hard work to repair and restore the line it re-opened on May 2, 1973.

Late afternoon view of the lake from in front of our hotel. The small cannon at the end is used to show the effect of echos over the lake.

Late afternoon view of the lake from in front of our hotel.  The small cannon at the end is used to show the effect of echos over the lake.

We stayed that night at the Low Wood Hotel on the lake. Lots of up/down and around the corner on the way to and from our room!

We stayed that night at the Low Wood Hotel on the lake.  Lots of up/down and around the corner on the way to and from our room!

In front of the hotel were more beautiful examples of English flower baskets.

In front of the hotel were more beautiful examples of  English flower  baskets.