Cumbria and the Lake District have sadly experienced some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the UK, and there are many anxieties related to this (e.g. the Lake District National Park Authority has expressed concern for the welfare of Mountain Rescue Team members, volunteers who often work for front line services).
I am also deeply concerned about the welfare of visitors, with many local walks containing ‘bottle necks’ such as stiles, gates and narrow walled paths, which will not allow for social distancing.
All visitor attractions, cafes and non-essential shops are currently closed in line with government rules.
If you’ve been following the blog for a while now, you may remember that I’ve written on a couple of occasions about a new visitor attraction due to open on the eastern shore of Windermere – the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. And after much anticipation, this £20 million attraction finally opens its doors to the public this Saturday 23rd March 2019.
I went along to the press preview event to find out more, and to take a few photos to share with you on the blog. I hope some of these images will tempt you to pay a visit for yourself in the next few weeks, or during your next stay in the Lakes, as it really is well worth seeing.
And if you didn’t read my first, more in-depth article about the history of the site and the significance of the collection of boating heritage being preserved at the Windermere Jetty, you can take a look here.
It is so lovely to see the Windermere Jetty project completed, and to be able to visit the stunning collection of boats on display there. And although it was a grey, misty day on which to take photographs, that can only mean that there will be even more to see when you visit!
Windermere Jetty is located on the edge of the popular town of Bowness-on-Windermere, on Rayrigg Road. Admission at the time of writing costs £9 per adult, with child and family ticket options available too. A trip on the heritage steam boat Osprey costs an additional £10 per person (pre-booking advised). On-site parking is £4 (£10 if you don’t buy an admission ticket), or you can take the short walk from one of the town’s car parks. Alternatively you can reach the Windermere Jetty on board some services with Windermere Lake Cruises, to make an even more special day out.
Do you have memories of the previous Windermere Steamboat Museum? Have you visited the newly opened Windermere Jetty for yourself? If so, it’s always lovely to hear from you, so let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.