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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This ticket returns on 4 April 2020.

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway only operates during the peak summer season (April - end of October) and isn't running at the moment.

The information below is for reference only and for booking tickets from 4 April 2020 onwards.

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.

*Please note that the train journey can only be taken on the day that the tickets are redeemed. Only the boat travel is valid for the full 24 hours.

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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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Book Your Cruise

Select a date to view prices and sailing times.

  • Save online with advance tickets on our main cruises (book by midnight the night before).
  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5 - 15 years. Children under 5 travel free.
  • Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 3 children.


Train departures from Haverthwaite: 9:40* 10:45, 11:50, 13:00, 14:05, 15:10 and 16:15^

Train departures from Lakeside: 11:15, 12:30, 13:35, 14:40, 15:45, 16:50^ and 17:48*

* This departure operates 25 May to 31 May & 22 July to 30 August

^ This departure does not operate after 26 October

Additional Information

Service Status


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 ↺)

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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:

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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. 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 which can be found on our homepage under ‘About Us’. 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.

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.

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.