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Bowness To Ferry House (Cross Lakes Shuttle)

Cross the lake with ease and gain access to the western shore, Hill Top and the Lake District National Park.

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To maintain social-distancing and keep everyone on board safe, we've had to cancel some of our cruises this summer. We are currently only running limited cruises.


⚠ The information below is for reference only. Please keep checking back to find out when we are re-opening fully.

A map illustrating the route of boat and bus on the Cross Lakes Experience ticket.

The Bowness to Ferry House service is a convenient way to access the western shore of Windermere, or beyond using the Cross Lakes transport hub.

This cruise is ideal for:

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Exploring The Lake District without your car.

Our service connects with the Mountain Goat bus service at Ferry House and gives you easy access to Hill Top, Hawkshead and beyond via the Cross Lakes transport hub.

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Visiting Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter.

Either walk from Ferry House Jetty (2.5 miles and clearly signposted) or hop on the waiting Mountain Goat bus service when you arrive by boat.

Combined Mountain Goat and boat tickets to Hill Top are available.

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Visiting Claife Viewing Station.

This fascinating Victorian building built in 1790 has a colourful history and offers stunning views of the lake.

The station is a short uphill walk from our Ferry House jetty and is well worth a visit with historical information and courtyard café.

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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.

Timetable (4 April - 1 November 2020)

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Bowness Boat Departures
(15 mins duration)
Ferry House Boat Departures
(15 mins duration)
16:40 *17:00 *

* Does not operate after 24 October

We're sorry but this ticket cannot be booked online, simply purchase your ticket from Bowness Pier on day of travel (customers can also board at Ferry House and pay when they arrive in Bowness if required).


4 April to 1 November 2020

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Additional Information

  • Well behaved dogs travel free.
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Explore the Lakes by boat, bus, bike or boot.

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Service Status


Open every day except Christmas Day

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

✔️ Services OK


Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻
✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our winter timetable. 📄: Download the PDF (1.5Mb)

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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 to the main cabin which is under cover and is on the same level. These boats operate on our popular red cruise and yellow cruise. 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 (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.

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.


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

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