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Walkers Ticket

Explore the beautiful western shore at your own pace on foot.

Combine a stroll along the peaceful western shore with a cruise across Windermere. This convenient ticket allows walkers to create a circular walking loop and can start/finish at Bowness, Brockhole or Ambleside.

map of walkers ticket

Ambleside > Wray Castle > Walk to Ferry House (4 miles) >  Bowness > Ambleside

Starting at Ambleside you take a traditional wooden launch to Wray Castle jetty.  Before you begin your walk you could visit Wray Castle which is owned by the National Trust and is now open to the public, but please note that the entrance fee is not included in our ticket price. You then take the path left of the boathouse to follow the lake shore south to Ferry House.  Catch the Cross Lakes Shuttle back from Ferry House to Bowness where you can stop off for a cup tea and slice of cake at the Pier Cafe before catching the third boat of the day back to Ambleside.

Bowness > Ambleside > Wray Castle > Walk to Ferry House (4 miles) > Bowness

Alternatively you can start at Bowness, sail north to Ambleside and catch the traditional wooden launch to Wray Castle Jetty and then follow the lake shore south to Ferry House as above. Catch the Cross Lakes Shuttle back to Bowness for your third boat trip of the day. 

Standard Ticket Prices (valid until Sunday 2nd November 2014)

Tickets for cruises sailing today must be purchased at one of our booking offices. Tickets for popular cruises (red, green, yellow and islands) plus freedom tickets and combination tickets can be booked in advance by selecting a date below.

Adult Child
Valid for children aged 5 - 15. Under 5's travel free.
Family
Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 3 children.
£9.90 £5.70 £27.70

Additional Information

Enjoy The Lakes on foot

Enjoy The Lakes on foot

Walking is popular way to explore the Lake District. Travel further with Windermere Lake Cruises and our Walkers Ticket.

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  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5 - 15 years. Children under 5 travel free.
  • Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 3 children.

Timetable

Ambleside to Wray Castle departures - < Sorry, live timetable below is currently unavailable >

09:50, 10:10, 10:55, 11:30*, 12:10, 12:40*, 13:30, 13:50* and 14:40 (last boat trip if starting your journey at Ambleside).

* Departure time operates 26 - 30 May & 21 July - 29 August

Ferry House to Bowness departures

12:20, 13:00, 14:20, 15:00, 15:40, 16:20 and 17:00^

^ Departure time does not operate after 25 October

Todays sailings from Bowness

Depart Bowness Arrive Ambleside Vessel type
10:10 10:40 Steamer
10:30 11:05 Launch
11:10 11:40 Steamer
11:25 12:00 Launch
11:50 12:25 Launch
12:20 12:50 Steamer
13:00 13:35 Launch
13:25 13:55 Steamer
14:00 14:35 Launch
14:30 15:00 Steamer
15:00 15:35 Launch
15:35 16:05 Steamer
16:00 16:35 Launch
16:35 17:05 Steamer

Todays sailings from Ambleside

Depart Ambleside Arrive Bowness Vessel type

Additional Information

Service Status

Plain Sailing On Windermere?

All of our cruises are running to schedule today.

Access & Facilities

Disabled Access

Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call us to confirm which vessel is operating on which service as not all of our vessels are suitable for wheelchair users, particularly in poor weather conditions. On board toilet facilities on all vessels can only be reached by means of the stairs, however there are adapted toilets at Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside Piers.

Our most wheelchair-friendly vessels are ‘steamers’ (marked in black on the timetable) that can be accessed by a ramp from the pier and the main cabin which is under cover and is on the same level. Our other vessels have limited access for wheelchairs but sometimes can be accommodated on board.  Please call us to discuss your access requirements.


On-Board Facilities

Toilets are available on all our ‘steamers’ and launches (check for disabled access) but not our traditional launches. Many of our vessels have licensed bars and/or tea bars. So whilst enjoying the marvellous panoramic views, why not treat yourself to a tipple of your choice.


Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage which can be found on our homepage under ‘About Us’.


No Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers and crew, Windermere Lake Cruises Ltd operates a no smoking policy on-board its vessels, piers and shore premises. This includes electronic cigarettes.

Dogs

All well behaved dogs are welcome on board and travel for free.

Bikes

Bikes are welcome on board our larger vessels if space is available. Each bike will cost £1 per journey pier to pier payable on the day of travel.

Upgrade This Cruise

Did you know that you can make more of your cruise by upgrading it? Why not combine your cruise with a local attraction, or enjoy a full day on Windermere with the Freedom of the Lake.