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 board at either Ambleside or Brockhole and return on a later boat. Your ticket allows you get off at each stop and get a later boat back.

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.

Our 'steamer' services do not stop at Brockhole and travel straight to Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier.

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Change to timetable

Brockhole is closed between 6th January and 13th February 2020, except on weekends, as they undergo maintenance to make the site greener.
Our boats will only call in at weekends between these dates on the Red Cruise.

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Friday 1st November 2019 until Friday 3rd April 2020)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
Adults Children Families

Additional Information

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 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.


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 and before continuing to Ambleside. Southbound is direct Ambleside to Bowness.

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

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Todays sailings from Ambleside

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Additional Information

Service Status


All our services are operating as schedule

🔴 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 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.


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.