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Full Lake (with allocated seating)

See the full length of Lake Windermere from Ambleside in the north to Lakeside in the south.

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Book today for 24 April 2021 (inclusive).

📆 Later dates added soon. Tickets go on sale about 7-10 days in advance.
👪 Maximum 6 in a group booking, as per current UK law.
🎫 Book with confidence. If we can't sail due to COVID-19, you'll get a full refund
😷 Our cruises have changed to keep everyone safe.

Lakeside via Bowness ↔ Ambleside (Waterhead) | See route map below

🕘 85 minutes (1hour 25mins) each way to do full length of the lake (Lakeside ⇌ Ambleside (Waterhead))

  • Board at any pier - Ambleside (Waterhead), Bowness or Lakeside and complete a full circuit of Lake Windermere
  • Your ticket allows you get off at any pier and get a later boat back. Alternatively stay on board the same boat for a 2.5 hour return journey.
  • Each journey includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest surrounding Windermere.
  • During COVID-19 we have the following measures in place: ✔️ online booking only ✔️ Social distancing ✔️ ticketed seating ✔️ enhanced cleaning | Find out more

🚢 On a historic 'Steamer' (larger vessel) or MV Swift (new vessel for 2020♿)


See the full length of Windermere (10.5 miles) long with this ticket.

How to Book

  • When booking pick each leg of your journey between 2 piers (see map below).
  • Follow the steps on our booking system - book 4 legs to complete your full lake journey.
  • When booking each leg, pick the first departure time shown to remain on the same boat.
  • e.g For a return route from Ambleside, book Ambleside to Bowness (D), Bowness to Lakeside (A), Lakeside to Bowness (B), Bowness to Ambleside (C)
  • e.g. For a return route from Bowness (north first), book Bowness to Ambleside (D), Ambleside to Bowness (C), Bowness to Lakeside (B) and Lakeside to Bowness (A)

Book 4 legs for your journey

Ticketed Seating
To keep everyone safe on board and to maintain a good distance between all customers, all our boats have ticketed seating.

  • Choose from either a single or return journey from either Bowness, Ambleside (Waterhead) or Lakeside.
  • You must book a seat for the outward and return legs of your journey for everyone in your group.
  • Infants (under 3s) who don't need a seat (who can travel on a parents knee) can travel for free.

📄 View our vessel seating plans

seating plans of the vessels

On the boat

  • Choose between indoor or outdoor seating when booking. Your colour-coded seat will be allocated to you and clearly marked on your e-ticket.
  • Coloured seating zones and our friendly staff will guide you to your seats when boarding the boat.

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 27th March 2021 until Sunday 31st October 2021)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Choose a Route' box below.

Additional Information

MV Swift heading north from Bowness to Ambleside (Waterhead)

MV Swift heading north from Bowness to Ambleside (Waterhead)

This ticket can be used to start from either Ambleside (Waterhead), Bowness or Lakeside. Choose a single or return ticket.

⚠ Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time for your booking, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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  • To ensure compliance with Government legislation please only complete your reservation if your party consists of no more than one household or support bubble, and you are adhering to the guidance for the local restriction tier in which you reside.
  • Bookings are limited to a maximum group size of six, a valid ticket must be purchased for every person traveling, including children of any age.
  • Child prices are valid for children aged 15 and under.
  • Infants (Under 3s) who can sit on a parents knee travel free.

Today's sailings from Lakeside

Depart LakesideArrive AmblesideVessel type
11:2012:00MV Swift
14:4015:20MV Swift

Today's sailings from Ambleside

Depart AmblesideArrive LakesideVessel type
13:0513:35MV Swift
16:1516:45MV Swift

Service Status


✔️ Passenger services between Ambleside (Waterhead), Bowness & Lakeside

⚠️ We're doing things differently to keep everyone safe. More information >

✔️ Self-drive boat hire (Socially-distanced, of course)

  • Boats available to hire for 1 or 2 hours from Bowness Beach or Waterhead (Ambleside) plus Bowness Dock at weekends. Online Booking only

⚠️ We're doing things differently to keep everyone safe. More information >

🎫 Book with confidence - if we cannot open due to COVID-19, you will get a full refund.

🕑 Timetables can be downloaded from our timetable library

Access & Facilities

COVID-19 Special arrangements

All passengers are requested to maintain social distancing at all times and keep alert to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Thanks for your understanding and your help in helping us keep everyone on board safe.

Ticketed Seating

You must sit on the seat you have been allocated within the booking process. This strict layout of coloured seating allows us to maintain the safe social distance between all passengers. This journey will either be on a steamer (larger white historic vessel such as Swan, Teal or Tern) or MV Swift (modern ship with good accessibility).

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. Please call us on 015394 43360 to book your wheelchair and carer place on board the boat.

On-Board Facilities

Toilets are available on all our ‘steamers’ and launches with enhanced regular cleaning. Sorry, no cafe facilities onboard our vessels during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage.

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.


All well behaved dogs are welcome on board and travel for free.


Sorry, there is no room for bikes on these special services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upgrade to a private skippered cruise

Why not treat you and your family to a private cruise? Depart from either Bowness or Ambleside (Waterhead) at a time that suits you. Let our Skipper give you a personalised cruise and commentary just for you.

Perfect for family groups or social bubbles of 1-6 passengers.

Private Circular Cruise

Private Circular Cruise

Enjoy a skippered private cruise on Lake Windermere for your family or social bubble.