Enjoy the stunning Lake Windermere and its striking Lake District frame from the ultimate vantage point – the basket of a hot air balloon! With brooding fells and shimmering waters, this captivating corner of the country will do just that, captivate and uplift you!

Windermere Lake District Weekday Morning Balloon Flights


Let the morning Lake District breeze enliven your day on a balloon flight from Witherslack and Windermere. You also get a champagne toast, 3-4 hour experience, a luxury gift wallet and a personalised flight certificate.

Virgin Balloons 



Windermere Balloon Flight over the Lake District


Watch the changing colours creep across the Lake District on either a morning of evening flight. This glorious 3-4 hour experience with champagne toast, luxury wallet and personalised flight certificate will bring a smile to any face!

Virgin Balloons 



Lake Windermere and Lake District Morning and Evening Balloon Flights


Your choice of flying anytime you like during the week and weekends. This awesome open choice champagne balloon ride comes with a luxury gift wallet, a personalised flight certificate and a 3-4 hour experience enjoying the best of ballooning.

Virgin Balloons 



If you’re going to go ballooning, you may as well do it over one of the most striking corners of the country! From rolling green fields to brown/orange fells that are cut by steep crevices, to the captivating glistening of the abundant water, a balloon ride over the Lake District will ignite your imagination like very few other places can ever hope to do.

And where better than in the vicinity of England’s biggest lake, Lake Windermere! With balloons going aloft from Witherslack (at the Derby Arms Hotel), the scale of the beauty swiftly opens up before you as you climb high over ever changing landscapes.

No matter whether you choose a morning or evening flight, you can expect the eclectic scenery to be matched in drama by the changing light as the sun creeps higher, or fades slowly away for the day. With the breeze as your guide and the wind in your hair, embrace the sense of freedom for a magical experience that is like no other.

Belle Isle in Lake Windermere

About Windermere

It is little surprise that England’s biggest lake, Lake Windermere  (5.69 sq miles), has been used for transportation and trade, as well as being an important destination for strategic and leisure purposes.

A ferry service has operated on the lake since the 15th century, traversing the water at it narrowest point, between Bowness and Ferry House. This ferry transported people, woollen cloth, stone, minerals and charcoal and was in important logistic options for traders of the day. During the earliest period, when it was mainly people and animals aboard rowing boats, the passengers were expected to muck in and assist with the rowing!

Times change and in 1870 a ferry powered by underwater cables was introduced to the lake – a 20 minute crossing now handled by the Mallard ferry.

Lake Windermere has 18 islands, with the Belle Isle being the largest (0.6 miles) and the only one to have ever been inhabited. Formerly known as Longholm, the Roman governor of Ambleside built a villa on the island and in 1250, it served as the seat for the Lord of the Manor as well as serving as a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War.

Belle Isle House was built in 1774; consideration unusual in its design due to being circular, built of brick, and boasting three stories and a four column portico. The house and island were subsequently sold to the Curwen family who renamed the island after their daughter, Isabella. It would remain in the Curwen family until 1996, with decedents of Isabella living there until 1993.

By the onset of the 19th century, wealthy urban businessmen had started regarding the Lakes as a destination for retreat and tranquility. Nowadays it is a scenic escape for all many other people, including local and international tourists who come to soak up the beauty of the region. And the best way to do that? On a hot air balloon floating silently overhead of course!

Dalemain Mansion and Gardens for Balloon Flights near Ullswater

Whether you’re going to enjoy a morning or evening balloon ride, visiting for a day, weekend or longer, there is plenty of things to see and do on and around Windermere.

Naturally we think ballooning should be the number one thing on your to-do list – as nothing else opens up the incredible landscape, stunning views and scale of the beauty quite like it, but’s that not to say you shouldn’t consider doing something on the ground too!

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk – official government Lake District website, where you can explore the region, plan for your visit and learn about the conservation work being done.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.witherslack.org – community homepage of the village of Witherslack, with an area map and a handy business directory.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.ainscoughs.co.uk – homepage of the Derby Arms, the actual ballooning launch location. If you’re thinking of meal or staying the night, the info is here.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.golakes.co.uk – comprehensive Lake District website where you can see upcoming events, things to do and find out more about the area.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.virginballoonflights.co.uk – homepage of Virgin Balloon Rides who will be taking care of you during your balloon adventure over Dalemain and Ullswater.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttps://www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk – explore Lake Windermere from an awesome waterside vantage point aboard a cruise – combine with ballooning for perfection!

If a weekend break, or longer stay in the Lake District is part of the travel plans, then Lakes Cottage Holidays is a company firmly rooted in the Lakes. With over 25 years experience holiday letting in the area and extensive local knowledge, Lakes Cottage Holidays will find a great holiday cottage in the Lake District for you.

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