This vehicular cable ferry still uses a centuries-old route across Lake Windermere in Cumbria near the Scottish border in northwestern England. Rowboats were the first ferries across the lake, likely long before the first documented instance in the 16th century. Steam ferries and the cable were brought in during the middle of the 19th century. The 460 metre (1500 feet) crossing, officially part of the B5285 road, is at the lake’s midpoint, connecting Far Sawrey to Ferry Nab in Bowness-on-Windermere. The alternative is a 24 kilometre (15 mile) detour around the lake. Service currently runs from dawn to a hour or so after dusk. Eighteen vehicles and over a hundred passengers can be carried per trip.

Windermere Ferry