Freedom Of The Lake ®
Unlimited boat travel for 24 hours on all routes | ⚓ See the full lake on this ticket: Lakeside ↔ Bowness ↔ Ambleside in 🕑 3 hours
For a great day out why not explore The Lake District by bus and boat?
This convenient ticket gets you a single boat journey on our red cruise from Bowness Pier to Waterhead Pier (Ambleside) or vice versa, plus unlimited bus travel in the surrounding area. Why not enjoy the beautiful Lakeland scenery from the open deck of a steamer on Lake Windermere and then hop on the famous open-top 599 bus from Waterhead Pier (Ambleside) back to Bowness?
This ticket gets you unlimited Stagecoach bus travel in the Central Lakes Zone (see basic map below). For a ticket that includes bus travel across Cumbria and North Lancashire, please purchase a Bus & Boat (Explorer Zone).
The Central Lakes Zone where this ticket covers.
For a more detailed map and bus route information, please see the full route map.
We're sorry, but this ticket cannot currently be booked online. Please purchase your ticket on any Stagecoach bus service.
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💨 Sunday 26th June page last updated Sunday 12.00pm)
Windy weather is causing us problems on some of our services:
( keep checking back as this page will be updated throughout the day)
|🔴 RED CRUISE||Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead||✔️ Services OK|
|🟡 YELLOW CRUISE||Bowness ↔ Lakeside|
✔️ Services OK
|🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE|
|✔️ Services OK|
|🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Bowness||Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻|
❌ Wind - no boats
|🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Waterhead||Waterhead (near Ambleside) ↻|
❌ Wind - no boats
|🟤 YELLOW CRUISE & STEAM TRAIN||Haverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness||✔️ Services OK|
|🟢 GREEN CRUISE||Ambleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside||✔️ Services OK|
|🚶 WALKERS TICKET||Bowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk ↻ ||❌ Wind - Service cancelled|
|🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from Bowness||Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻||❌ Wind - no boats|
|🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from Waterhead||Waterhead (near Ambleside) ↻||❌ Wind - no boats|
|Bowness ↔ Ferry House||❌ Sorry, not running|
|⚫ FELL FOOT FERRY||Lakeside ↔ Fell Foot||❌ Sorry, not running|
🕑: We are now running to our Summer timetable
Four different types of vessels operate our services with varying accessibility.
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.
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.
Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage.
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 payable on the day of travel.
Get unlimited boat travel by upgrading your ticket to a 'Freedom of the Lake' ticket entitling you to 24 hours worth of travel.