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Red Cruise

Sail from Bowness to Ambleside or vice versa

This beautiful round trip from Bowness can be taken as a 70 minute non-landing cruise.
Alternatively you may disembark at either Ambleside, Brockhole or Bowness Piers and return on a later boat.
Each cruise includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest surrounding Windermere.

Bowness > Brockhole > Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier > Bowness
Our modern launches on this route (marked red on timetable below) stop at Brockhole on the eastern side of the lake on their way up to Ambleside. Alight here for the Lake District Visitor Centre that includes attractions for the whole family and boat passengers enjoy free entry. Please note that the red cruise does not stop at Brockhole when travelling southbound from Ambleside, simply return from Brockhole to Bowness via Ambleside.

Standard Ticket Prices (valid until Friday 23rd March 2018)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book a ticket in advance by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
  • Tickets for today must be purchased at one of our booking offices
AdultChild
Valid for children aged 5 - 15. Under 5's travel free.
Family
Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 3 children.
£10.80£6.50£31.00

Additional Information

  • Single fares can be purchased from our bookings offices. See our fare finder for more information.
  • Well behaved dogs travel free.
  • Bring your bike on the boat for just £1 (payable on day of travel, subject to availability).
  • The Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier is a pleasant 15 minute (0.8mile) walk from the centre of Ambleside village.
  • The Pier Cafe Bar on Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier combines a delicious range of food and refreshments with some amazing views across the water.
Our 'steamer' MV Teal on the Red Cruise

Our 'steamer' MV Teal on the Red Cruise

Combine stunning scenery with this cruise on the north of Windermere.

Red Cruise Photos & Videos

Book Your Cruise

Select a date to view prices and sailing times.

  • Save online by booking in advance.
  • 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.

Timetable

This ticket can be used to start from either Bowness, Ambleside or Brockhole and is valid on all scheduled Red Cruise departure times and is not time specific.

Launch services departing Bowness stop at Brockhole before continuing to Ambleside. The journey takes 20 minutes from Bowness to Brockhole.

Times normally operated by our 'steamers' Swan, Teal or Tern, may sometimes be substituted for a smaller vessel for operational reasons. Prices and timetable information are subject to change without notice.

Todays sailings from Bowness

Depart BownessArrive AmblesideVessel type
10:0010:35Launch
10:4511:20Launch
11:3012:05Launch
12:1512:50Launch
13:0013:35Launch
13:4514:20Launch
14:1514:50Launch
14:4515:20Launch
15:1015:45Launch
15:4516:20Launch

Todays sailings from Ambleside

Depart AmblesideArrive BownessVessel type
09:5010:20Launch
10:4511:15Launch
11:3012:00Launch
12:1512:45Launch
13:0013:30Launch
13:4514:15Launch
14:3015:00Launch
15:0015:30Launch
15:3016:00Launch
15:5016:20Launch

Additional Information

Route Map

Load Map

Service Status

green

All services are operating as normal.

We are currently using our winter timetable. 


Access and 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’.

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.

Dogs

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

Bikes

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.