Ambleside Circular Cruise with Social Distancing

More space to enjoy the views on the northern half of Windermere

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This cruise can be booked from today until Sunday 26 July
If our trial is successful, more dates will be added later. Pick a date and time in the Book Your Cruise section below.

Ambleside → Ambleside | See route map below

🕘 60 minutes return

  • A beautiful round trip from Ambleside covering the northern half of Lake Windermere
  • Stunning Lake District views with a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest on the lake-shore.
  • This is a special cruise during COVID-19 ✔️ online booking only ✔️ Social distancing ✔️ ticketed seating ✔️ enhanced cleaning | Find out more

🚢 On a modern launch such as Miss Cumbria III or Miss Lakeland II

Miss Lakeland a launch enjoying the views around Ambleside.

Ticketed Seating

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

  • 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.
  • Children under 5 who can sit on parents knees can travel free.

📄 See plans of the indoor and outdoor seating for the boats on this cruise.

A seating layout of a modern launch with ticketed seating

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 4th April 2020 until Thursday 1st October 2020)


Additional Information

A modern launch on the Ambleside Circular Cruise

A modern launch on the Ambleside Circular Cruise

Combine stunning scenery with this cruise on the north of Windermere.

Photos of cruises around Ambleside

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  • Child prices are valid for children aged 15 and under.
  • Children under 5 who can sit on parents knees will not need a seat ticket.


This ticket can only be used to start from Ambleside and is only valid on the timetabled sailing and coloured seat that you have booked.

Times normally operated by our 'steamers' Swan, Teal or Tern, may sometimes be substituted for a smaller vessel for operational reasons. Prices and timetable information are subject to change without notice.

Todays sailings from Ambleside

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✔️ Scenic cruises (OPEN TODAY)

Book online now for 1-hour circular cruises from Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside.

⚠️ We're doing things differently to keep everyone safe. More information >

✔️ Self-drive boat hire (Socially-distanced, of course)

Book your boat now for 1 or 2 hours from Bowness (Beach/Dock) or Ambleside (Waterhead).

Boats can be hired from Bowness & Ambleside for dates up to 31 July as part of a trial. Online bookings only and if popular, more dates and more piers will be added.
⚠️ We're doing things differently to keep everyone safe. More information >

✔️ On-shore cafes (OPEN TODAY)

Boatman's Cafe in Bowness and The Pier Cafe Bar (Waterhead) are now open.
Special arrangements will be in place so that customers and staff can safely keep social-distance.

Route Map

Load Map

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 be on a modern launch.

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.

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 the launches 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.

Upgrade This Cruise

Sorry, there are no upgrades available for this cruise.