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Freedom Of The Lake & Steam Train

Enjoy a days worth of boat travel and a trip on a traditional steam railway

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STARTING FROM HAVERTHWAITE? - Just buy on the day from Haverthwaite ticket office.
Online tickets can only be redeemed at Ambleside (Waterhead), Bowness or Lakeside piers.

Explore the best of Lakeland scenery on board traditional 'steamers', launches, and a nostalgic steam train.

This ticket is great value and gives you access to all of our scheduled of sailings (includes blue (Islands), red, yellow and green cruises) for a period of 24 hours and includes a return trip on the historic Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. The railway is a minutes' walk from our Lakeside Pier and is a perfect way to explore the stunning Levens Valley at the south of Windermere.

Important Information

  • You can only redeem this ticket at Windermere Lake Cruises' pier ticket offices. You can't start your day at Haverthwaite Railway Station. To Start your day At Haverthwaite, simply purchase joint tickets at Haverthwaite Station ticket office on the day.
  • The train journey can only be taken on the day that the tickets are bought. Only the boat travel is valid for the full 24 hours.
  • Having an e-ticket bought in advance does not guarantee a seat on the steam train.

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

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
Adults Children Families

Additional Information

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Train

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Train

Enjoy views from your carriage up to Lakeside; the southern tip of Lake Windermere.

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  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5-15 years. Children under 5 travel free.
  • Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children.


As this is a Freedom of the Lake ticket, we are unable to display all the timetable options for this ticket - its valid on any sailing for 24 hours. Plan your day out with a timetable from the timetable section.

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) ↻

⚠️ Back Late April.
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Bowness ↔ Ash Landing✔️ Services OK
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot⚠️ Starts 25 May

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

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Access & Facilities

♿ Disabled Access

Three different types of vessels operate on this route with varying accessibility.

  • ♿ MV Swift - (marked with a green wheelchair icon on our timetables): our most accessible vessel - step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating & accessible toilet
  • ♿ 'Steamers' MV Swan/Teal - (marked with black wheelchair icon on our timetables) - step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating. Toilets down steep steps.
  • ❌ 'Steamer' Tern & modern launches like Miss Cumbria/Miss Lakeland - are not recommended for customers with limited mobility
  • ❌ 'Traditional launches like Queen of the Lake - are 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.

Upgrade This Cruise

Did you know that you can make more of your cruise by upgrading it? Why not combine your cruise with a local attraction, or enjoy a full day on Windermere with the Freedom of the Lake.

Freedom of the Lake, Steam Train & Motor Museum

Freedom of the Lake, Steam Train & Motor Museum

Spend a day exploring the lake and visit two local attractions | ⚓ Unlimited boats + 🚂 Steam Train + 🚗 Museum 🕑 5 hours +

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