WINDERMERE Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, won a merit award at the British Guild of Travel Writers' International Tourism Awards 2019.

Local travel writer Kirstie Pelling nominated the attraction, and said it "looks like it’s been beamed in from Scandinavia, but has been designed with its Lake District location firmly in mind".

She added: "The museum currently has 40 reconditioned vessels, each with its own conservation plan; some offering heritage rides on the lake, others populating an interactive museum that includes Beatrix Potter’s rowing boat and luxury steam launch Branksome.”

The British Guild of Travel Writers has 300 members, from writers to editors, photographers and broadcasters. They have given out International Tourism Awards for 41 years.

In 2018, the Being Brunel exhibit in Bristol won the UK & Ireland category; the Electric Hybrid Cruise Boat, championing responsible tourism in France, won in the Europe category; while the Waitukubuli National Trail in Dominica won in the Wider World category.

Merit awards are given after a membership-wide vote. This year's three finalists will be revealed at a gala dinner on November 3, 2019, at the Savoy Hotel, London on the eve of World Travel Market.