No matter where you start your journey, be it Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside the spectacular voyage gives the traveller magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands.

Add to this the opportuinity to break your journey and you have the makings of a perfect day out.



You can download any of our timetables by clicking on contact & brochures on the left hand side and then double clicking on the applicable PDF icon.




Our steamers which are in black on the timetable are wheelchair accessible.....we have a ramp that goes from the boat to the pier and the main cabin which is under cover is on the same level on Swan & Teal but the cabins on Tern are down a number of steps but the main deck is covered overhead but open at the sides.  Unfortunately the toilets are down a number of steps on all the boats but we do have accessible toilets at all our piers.


The times in black are normally operated by our 'Steamers'  Swan, Teal and Tern, but for operational reasons it may sometimes be necessary to substitute a smaller vessel so if you want to be sure on the day please ring our office on 015394 43360.





Bowness is the ‘heart’ of the Lake District, a holiday town with every sort of shop you can imagine with cafes and restaurants, just five minutes walk from the pier is The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

Ambleside is set amongst breathtaking majestic mountains and gentle rolling fells, this distinctive and very attractive Lakeland village is always a popular point to leave the vessel before returning on a later boat.  The village of Ambleside is about 1 mile away from our piers.

Lakeside at the most southern end of the lake is the home of the award-winning freshwater Lakes Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Over 30 fascinating displays featuring the UK’s largest collection of freshwater fish as well as mischievous otters and diving ducks.  The railway is on the opposite side to our jetty and connects with our large steamers and takes you by the river scenery of the beautiful Leven Valley.


The Lakeland Motor Museum is now also at the south end of the lake, now located at Backbarrow by the River Leven, about 10 mins drive away from our piers.  In the summer months we have a connecting bus at Lakeside piers to take you to the Motor Museum.


In the winter months the bus runs only at weekends.  Please ring this office on 015394 43360 for bus times. 

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Freedom of the Lake

Around the lake from any of our three main Steamer piers.

Prices valid until  April 2015.



Evening Cruise (Summer only)

A one and a quarter hour cruise to catch the sun set over Lake Windermere.  Operating during the height of the summer months and starting times vary depending on the time of year to coincide with the sun setting.

Please note this cruise is weather dependant so cannot be pre-booked.  Just turn up on the day and check with our ticket office staff.


Red Cruise

Bowness to Ambleside or Vice Versa. Prices valid until April 2015


Return Fare Prices



Yellow Cruise

Bowness to Lakeside or vice versa. Prices valid until April 2015.


Return Fare Prices



Blue Cruise

Islands Cruise from Bowness
Prices valid until April 2015.



Combined tickets with other attractions

View tickets which combine a cruise with other local attractions.


Green Cruise (Brockhole/Summer only)

45 minute cruise from Waterhead (Ambleside, the North end of the Lake) calling at Wray Castle and Brockhole. Prices valid until April 2015.


Normal full daily service recommences 5th April 2014.


Walkers Ticket (Daily Summer service- see below for Spring details)

Starting/Finishing Bowness, Brockhole or Ambleside.

Normal full daily service starts 5th April 2014.


Bowness to Ferry House (Summer only)

Sail from Pier 3 at Bowness across the lake to Ferry House or vice versa. Prices valid until April 2015.

Daily service recommences 5th April 2014.


Dogs Travel Free

All well-behaved dogs travel free on our scheduled sailings as long as you sail with them!

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