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Private Circular Cruise

A private 1 hour cruise on a traditional wooden launch

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Our Private Circular Cruises can be hired by calling 015394 43360. Currently, this is limited to a maximum of 6 passengers.

As lockdown lifts and we return to normal we should be able to accommodate larger groups. Larger boats can also be hired, see our charter pack for more information.

Start your private cruise from Bowness or Ambleside

🕘 60 minutes return

  • An exclusive 1-hour circular cruise for you and your family/social bubble
  • Let our skipper take care of everything on board, they can provide commentary or let you sit back, relax and enjoy the finest Lake District views from your outdoor seating
  • You pick the departure point and departure time
  • This is a special cruise during COVID-19 ✔️ telephone booking only ✔️ Social distancing between your group and our crew ✔️ enhanced cleaning | Find out more

🚢 Traditional wooden launch such as Queen of the Lake or Muriel II.

A traditional wooden launch on Lake Windermere


Private 1-hour cruise for 1-6 people from Bowness or Ambleside (Waterhead) piers*

Private 1-hour cruise for 1 -6 people from any pier to any pier. (Normal charter price)*£350

*Our boats can normally take more passengers, but we are currently following UK legislation with a maximum of 6 people able to meet at one time.

How to Book

📞To book simply call us on 015394 43360 and let us know your departure pier and what time you'd like to book.
We will confirm availability and take payment over the phone.

Virtual Tour

Use your mouse to have a look around the vessel and click on the red hotspots to jump around the boat.

Additional Information

  • 👪 : Maximum 6 people in your group allowed on board
  • 🚳 Sorry, no bikes allowed on these special cruises
  • 🚫 Sorry, no Local Resident Card / discount cards can be used on these special cruises
  • ♿ Sorry, this boat is not wheelchair accessible. See Access section for more details
  • 🐕 Well-behaved dogs travel free (please keep them close to you at all times)
A couple enjoy the views from their private 1-hour cruise

A couple enjoy the views from their private 1-hour cruise

Service Status


Sunday 9 May

Service Status:

🔴 RED SERVICE Bowness ↔ Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead → Bowness✔️ Services OK
Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

Haverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness
✔️ Services OK
Ambleside Waterhead ↔ Bowness ↔ Lakeside
✔️ Services OK
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock at weekends ↻
✔️ Services OK
🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻
✔️ Services OK

Map of route if taken from Bowness

Load Map

Access & Facilities

Disabled Access

This cruise takes place on a traditional wooden vessel with a few steps to get in /out of the boat. We're sorry, but this boat is not wheelchair accessible.

On-Board Facilities

Traditional wooden launches have indoor and outdoor seating. They do not have toilets or cafe/bars on board.

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.

Conditions of Carriage

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.

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.