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Cross Lakes Shuttle & 525 bus

A combined boat and bus ticket for travel between Bowness and Hawkshead/surrounding villages.

A map of the boat and bus stops

For a great day out, why not explore the Lake District by boat and bus?

This convenient boat and bus ticket allows you to park the car and explore the quieter side of Windermere and the villages and countryside from the western shore. Travel from Bowness to Ash Landing on our regular Cross Lakes Shuttle and then take the bus on to destinations such as Hill Top, Far Sawrey and Hawkshead.

Your ticket includes:

Ash Landing

Bowness to Ash Landing by boat (every day)

The regular shuttle from Bowness Pier 3 whisks you to Ash Landing and your awaiting 525 bus. Enjoy stunning views of woodlands, historic buildings an islands along the way.

The journey takes approximately 20 minutes.

Mountain Goat

Onward travel via Mountain Goat 525 bus (every day except Fridays)

The Mountain Goat 525 bus conveniently picks you up right next to the pier at Ash Landing. From there, the bus takes you on route to Hawkshead. This service provides easy access to Hill Top, Far Sawrey and Hawkshead.

You can get off at any stop and return on a later bus/boat back to Bowness later in the day.

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Travelling to Hill Top - the former home of Beatrix Potter?

We also offer a combined boat and bus ticket that includes entry into this National Trust property. More Information >

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

  • Prices below are return fares
Adults Children Families

Additional Information

  • You can't purchase this ticket online - simply purchase your ticket at Bowness Pier. Show your boat ticket to the bus driver to get on board the 525 bus.
  • 🐕 Well-behaved dogs travel free
  • Your tickets is valid on any departure of the day
A traditional launch on the Bownesss to Ash Landing route

A traditional launch on the Bownesss to Ash Landing route

Gallery of images

Additional Information

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 ↻

✔️ Services OK

🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

✔️ Services OK


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.

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