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Yellow Service and Steam Train (with allocated seats)

Enjoy a half lake boat journey with a nostalgic train ride.

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Book online for up to Sun 27 June 2021 (inclusive)

📆 Later dates added soon. Tickets go on sale about 7-10 days in advance.
👪 Maximum 6 in a group booking, as per current UK law.
🎫 Book with confidence. If we can't sail due to COVID-19, you'll get a full refund
😷 Our cruises have changed to keep everyone safe

Bowness Pier ← ⛴ → Lakeside Pier/Station ← 🚂 → Haverthwaite Station

🕘 2 hours+ return / 70 minutes one way

  • This ticket includes a scenic boat service between Bowness and Lakeside and a trip on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite heritage railway.
  • Start from either Haverthwaite Railway Station, Lakeside Railway Station/Pier or Bowness Pier. You can do the boat or train portion of your journey first. Your ticket allows you get off at each stop and choose to get a later departure back. See options.
  • Each boat service includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest surrounding Windermere.
  • This is a special ticket during COVID-19 ✔️ online booking only ✔️ Social distancing ✔️ ticketed seating ✔️ enhanced cleaning | Find out more

🚢 On a smaller, modern launch such as Miss Lakeland or MV Swift (depending on day of travel). Your boat will be clearly marked when booking or on the timetable for that day (see timetable below).


Map of the location of Haverthwaite Station and Bowness Pier (start or end points of this route)

Flexible Ticket Options - book 4 legs to your journey

When booking, you can choose to start from Bowness, Lakeside or Haverthwaite to complete your boat/train journey:

Start from Bowness Pier

  • Travel by boat from Bowness to Lakeside (40 mins), cross the platform (2 mins walk) and take the steam train from Lakeside to Haverthwaite Station (18 mins). Return by steam train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside and catch the boat back to Bowness.

Start from Haverthwaite Station

  • Travel by steam train from Haverthwaite Station to Lakeside (18 mins), cross the platform (2 mins walk) and take the boat from Lakeside to Bowness (40mins). Return by boat from Bowness to Lakeside and catch the train back to Haverthwaite.

Start from Lakeside Pier/Station

  • Boat first - Travel by boat from Lakeside Pier to Bowness (40 mins), explore Bowness and get a boat back to Lakeside Pier. Cross the platform (2 mins) to catch the steam train to Haverthwaite Station (18 mins).
  • Steam train first - Travel by steam train from Lakeside Station to Haverthwaite Station (18 mins) and then get a return steam train back to Lakeside Pier. Cross the platform at Lakeside (2 mins) to catch the boat from Lakeside to Bowness (40 mins). Explore Bowness and get a boat back to Lakeside Pier (40 mins).

Get off and explore each stop

Whatever boat/train combination you choose, simply pick a later departure on each leg when booking to spend more time at each stop.

This ticket includes a journey on a steam train and boat service between Bowness and Haverthwaite

Ticketed Seating
To keep everyone safe on board and to maintain a good distance between all customers this cruise will have ticketed seating.

  • Choose from either a single or return journey by choosing the 4 legs of your journey.
  • You must book a seat for the outward and return legs of your journey for everyone in your group
  • Infants (under 3s) who don't need a seat (who can travel on a parents knee) can travel for free.
  • Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway will contact you shortly after booking to

seatig plans of the vessels

On the boat

  • Choose between indoor or outdoor seating when booking. Your colour-coded seat will be allocated to you and clearly marked on your e-ticket.
  • Coloured seating zones and our friendly staff will guide you to your seats when boarding the boat.
  • Every person on board needs a seat (except under 3s who sit on a parents knee).

The steam train and boat are a 1 minutes walk from each other at Lakesde Pier

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 27th March 2021 until Sunday 31st October 2021)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Choose a Route' box below.

Additional Information

A steamer arriving at Lakeside Pier with a steam train at Lakeside platform

A steamer arriving at Lakeside Pier with a steam train at Lakeside platform

Enjoy a stunning journey through the heart of The Lake District on board a historic 'steamer' and heritage railway.

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This ticket can be used to start from either Bowness or Haverthwaite Station. Choose a single or return ticket. Launches (smaller boats) are marked in red and steamers (larger boats) are marked in black on the timetable below.

⚠ Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time for your booking, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Choose a Route

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  • To ensure compliance with Government legislation/roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown, please only complete this booking if you are adhering to the most recent Government guidance.
  • Bookings are limited to a maximum group size of six, a valid ticket must be purchased for every person traveling, including children of any age.
  • Child prices are valid for children aged 15 and under.
  • Infants (Under 3s) who can sit on a parents knee travel free.

Today's trains from Haverthwaite

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Today's sailings from Bowness

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Service Status


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Beat the crowds

Service Status

🔴 RED SERVICE Bowness ↔ Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead → Bowness

✔️ Services OK

Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

Haverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness
✔️ Services OK
Ambleside Waterhead ↔ Bowness ↔ Lakeside
✔️ Services OK

Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻
✔️ Services OK
🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻
✔️ Services OK

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Access and Facilities

COVID-19 Special arrangements

All passengers are requested to maintain social distancing at all times and keep alert to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Thanks for your understanding and your help in helping us keep everyone on board safe.

Ticketed Seating

You must sit on the seat you have been allocated within the booking process. This strict layout of coloured seating allows us to maintain the safe social distance between all passengers. This cruise will either be on a steamer (larger white historic vessel such as Swan, Teal or Tern) or modern launch (smaller blue boat such as a Miss Lakeland or Miss Cumbria class).

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 to 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.

Concessions for Disabled Customers

If a disabled adult in your group needs a carer, then the carer travels free. For more information about this scheme and to see all the terms and conditions, please read our company policy for disabled passengers. Please call us on 015394 43360 to book your wheelchair and carer place on board the boat.

On-Board Facilities

Toilets are available on all our ‘steamers’ and launches with enhanced regular cleaning. Socially-distanced cafes will be operating on steamers. Sorry, no cafe facilities onboard during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage.

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.


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


Sorry, there is no room for bikes on these special cruises during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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