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Sail from Bowness to Ambleside or vice versa

Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside (Waterhead) → Bowness | See route map below

🕘 75 minutes return / 30-35 minutes one way

  • This beautiful round trip from Bowness can be taken as a 75 minute non-landing cruise.
  • Alternatively, you may board at either Ambleside or Brockhole and return on a later boat from Bowness. 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.

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Temporary closure

We’re following governmental advice and doing our bit to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
Sorry, but there are no cruises today.

Keep an eye on social media and our service status page for up-to-date information.

Our smaller boats called modern launches (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 larger boats called 'steamers' do not stop at Brockhole and travel straight to Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier.

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

  • Prices below are return fares
Adults Children Families
£11.80£7.10£34.00

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

Additional Information

Service Status

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Sorry, all our services are temporarily closed

The Board of Windermere Lake Cruises had previously taken the decision to suspend all cruises from end of business on Sunday 22nd March.

However in light of the government decision on March 20th , we have taken the decision to suspend all cruises and self-drive boat hire immediately until further notice.

The whole team at Windermere Lake Cruises continue to monitor the situation closely and further updates will be published on this website when necessary.

Already booked?

We will be contacting all of our pre-booked customers later today to arrange refunds on your tickets.

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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.

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.