Freedom Of The Lake ®
Unlimited boat travel for 24 hours on all routes | ⚓ See the full lake on this ticket: Lakeside ↔ Bowness ↔ Ambleside in 🕑 3 hours
Bowness → Windermere Jetty (Museum) → Brockhole → Ambleside (Waterhead) → Bowness | See route map below
🕘 75 minutes return / 30-35 minutes one way
Our smaller boats called modern launches (marked red on the timetable below) stop at Windermere Jetty (Museum) & Brockhole on the eastern side of the lake on their way up to Ambleside. Visit the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole that includes attractions for the whole family. Boat passengers enjoy free entry to the grounds.
Please note that the red cruise does not stop at Windermere Jetty/Brockhole when travelling southbound from Ambleside, simply return from Windermere Jetty/Brockhole to Bowness via Ambleside.
Our larger boats called 'steamers' do not stop at Windermere Jetty/Brockhole and travel straight to Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier.
Launch services departing Bowness stop at Windermere Jetty (Museum)/Brockhole and before continuing to Ambleside. Southbound is direct Ambleside to Bowness.
Times normally operated by our 'steamers' Swan, Teal or Tern or MV Swift may sometimes be substituted for a smaller vessel for operational reasons. Prices and timetable information are subject to change without notice.
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|🔴 RED CRUISE||Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead||✔️ Services OK|
|🟡 YELLOW CRUISE||Bowness ↔ Lakeside|
✔️ Services OK
|🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE|
|✔️ Services OK|
|🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Bowness||Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻||✔️ Services OK|
|🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Waterhead||Waterhead (near Ambleside) ↻|
✔️ Services OK
|🟤 YELLOW CRUISE & STEAM TRAIN||Haverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness||✔️ Services OK|
|🟢 GREEN CRUISE||Ambleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside||✔️ Services OK|
|🚶 WALKERS TICKET||Bowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk ↻ ||✔️ Services OK|
|🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from Bowness||Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻||✔️ Services OK|
|🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from Waterhead||Waterhead (near Ambleside) ↻||✔️ Services OK|
|Bowness ↔ Ferry House||❌ Sorry, not running|
|⚫ FELL FOOT FERRY||Lakeside ↔ Fell Foot||❌ Sorry, not running|
🕑: We are now running to our Summer timetable
Three different types of vessels operate on this route with varying accessibility.
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.
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.
Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage.
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.
Bikes are welcome on board our larger vessels if space is available. Each bike will cost £1 per journey pier to pier payable on the day of travel.
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.