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48 Hour Freedom of the Lake

A great value ticket for 2 days on Lake Windermere

Our best value ticket is only available during the winter season and gives you 48 hour's worth of travel on our red cruise, yellow cruise and the islands cruise.

It's ideal for anyone wanting to explore Windermere at their own pace or who's visiting the Lake District on a weekend or short break. This ticket is valid for 48 hours from the first time that you use it and can be used on any 2 days of the week.

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Monday 30th October 2023 until Friday 22nd March 2024)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
Adults Children Families

Additional Information

  • Well behaved dogs travel free
  • * Please note that yellow cruises do not operate Monday-Friday in January.
  • ** Please note that green cruises do not operate during the winter season.
Unlimited boat travel for 48 hours

Unlimited boat travel for 48 hours

Enjoy two days worth of travel on Windermere and have time to explore the full length of the lake.

Book Your Cruise

Select a date to view prices and sailing times.

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


Our '48 hour Freedom of the Lake' ticket is valid on all of our scheduled sailings for a period of 48 hours. We are unable to show all the timetable options for this great value ticket on one page, please refer back to our cruises page for details or download a printed version of our brochures.

Additional Information

Service Status


🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness ↔ Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
🟡 YELLOW CRUISE Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK


Bowness → Windermere Jetty (Museum) → Bowness

✔️ Services OK
🚤MOTOR BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach Hire Point ONLY

✔️ Services OK

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Waterhead Waterhead Hire Point (nr. Ambleside Pier)✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our winter timetable. More routes and services available after Easter 2024.

Route Map

Load Map

Access and Facilities

♿ Disabled Access

Four different types of vessels operate our services with varying accessibility.

  • ♿ MV Swift - (marked with a green wheelchair icon on our timetables): our most accessible vessel - step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating & accessible toilet
  • ♿ 'Steamers' MV Swan/Teal - (marked with black wheelchair icon on our timetables) - step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating. Toilets down steep steps.
  • ❌ 'Steamer' Tern & modern launches like Miss Cumbria/Miss Lakeland - are not recommended for customers with limited mobility
  • ❌ Traditional wooden launches like Queen of the Lake - are not recommended for customers with limited mobility

Please visit our Accessibility section for more information.

Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call us to confirm which vessel is operating on which service, particularly in poor weather conditions. As on rare occasions, the vessels operating each route can change.