Freedom Of The Lake ®
Sail around the lake on any of our cruises. Valid For 24hrs from first use.
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.
All our services are operating as normal as per our winter timetable
🔴 Red Cruise (Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside → Bowness)
🟡 Yellow Cruise (Bowness ↔ Lakeside) Weekends only in January
🔵 Islands Cruise (Bowness ↺)
Winter closures in January 2020
January is one of the quietest months on and around Lake Windermere. We sail every day, but customers should be aware of the following restrictions:
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.
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.
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.
Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage. Where tickets are issued solely on behalf of, or combined with other attractions or operators, Windermere Lake Cruises Limited is acting as agent for the relevant attraction/operator in all cases.
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.
Get unlimited boat travel by upgrading your ticket to a 'Freedom of the Lake' ticket entitling you to 24 hours worth of travel.