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Bowness to Ash Landing (Cross Lakes Shuttle)

Shuttle service from the heart of Bowness village to the western shore & National Trust attractions

A map illustrating the route between Ash Landing and Bowness

The Bowness to Ash Landing service is a convenient way to access the western shore of Windermere.

It's ideal for:

A Mountain Goat bus on route from Ash Landing to Hawkshead.

Exploring The Lake District without your car.

Our service connects with the 525 Mountain Goat bus service at Ash Landing and nearby Ferry House. The bus connects with our boat arrivals and departures and gives you easy access to Hill Top, Hawkshead and beyond via the Cross Lakes transport hub. From our ticket offices, you can buy combined boat & bus tickets from Bowness to Hill Top and Hawkshead.

Hill Top

Visiting Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter.

Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse is a time-capsule of her life. Explore the famous author's former home, inspirational garden, second-hand bookshop, cafe & more.

🚌 Catch the convenient bus to Hill Top or 🚶 walk the 1.6miles (2.5km) on the gravel path. Bus/boat customers get priority access to the attraction (open Saturday to Thursdays).

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Exploring the quiet western shore by foot.

Our walker’s ticket includes boat travel and a scenic 4 mile walk along Windermere’s western shore. The Bowness to Ferry House service provides one of the boats you’ll need to enjoy this great circular walk.

Ash Landing - a new location for 2024

Our Cross Lake Shuttle is now landing on a new location on the Western Shore of Windermere. It's only about 0.5 miles from our old location at Ferry House (near the Windermere Car Ferry).

A map showing the location of Ash Landing

Timetable (25 May - 3 Nov 2024)

📄 Download printed timetable | 📄 See timetable for 25 May onwards

Bowness Pier 3 → Ash Landing Departures
(20 mins duration)
Ash Landing → Bowness Pier 3 Departures
(20 mins duration)
*ends 26 October*ends 26 October

Buying tickets

Sorry, this ticket cannot be booked online, simply purchase your ticket from Bowness Pier on day of travel (customers can also board at Ash Landing and pay on board).

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 23rd March 2024 until Sunday 3rd November 2024)

  • Prices below are return fares
Adults Children Families

Additional Information

  • Single fares - Adult £4.80, Child £2.90, Family £13.80.
  • Well behaved dogs travel free.
  • Sorry, no bikes on this service. Foot passengers only.
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A traditional launch on the Bownesss to Ash Landing route

A traditional launch on the Bownesss to Ash Landing route

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Service Status


Today's Service Status

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness → W'Mere Jetty Museum →Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead → Bowness

✔️ Services OK

🟡 YELLOW CRUISEBowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK


Bowness → Bowness

✔️ Services OK
🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻

✔️ Services OK

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

✔️ Services OK

🟤 YELLOW CRUISE & STEAM TRAINHaverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness

✔️ Services OK

🟢 GREEN CRUISEAmbleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside

✔️ Services OK

🚶 WALKERS TICKETBowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk → Ash Landing → Bowness✔️ Services OK
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻

⚠️ Closed due to rain

🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

⚠️ Closed due to rain


Bowness ↔ Ash Landing✔️ Services OK
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our peak season timetable.

Route Map

Load Map

Access and Facilities

♿ Disabled Access

This service is one of the least accessible routes we offer and is operated by tradiational launches:

  • 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.

🧑‍🦽 Carer goes free policy

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

  • Sorry, no facilities on board

🎫 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.

🐶 Dogs

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

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