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Red Cruise

Sail from Bowness to Ambleside or vice versa

Bowness Windermere Jetty (Museum) 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, Windermere Jetty (Museum) or Brockhole and return on a later boat from Bowness. Your ticket allows you to get off at each stop and catch a later boat back.
  • Each cruise includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest surrounding Windermere.

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.

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 2nd April 2022 until Sunday 30th October 2022)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
Adults Children Families
£14.30£8.60£41.00

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

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Select a date to view prices and sailing times.

  • 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 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.

Today's sailings from Bowness

Depart BownessArrive AmblesideVessel type
09:5010:25Launch
10:2010:50Steamer
10:4011:20Launch
11:1011:40Steamer
11:3012:10Launch
12:2012:50Steamer
13:0013:40Launch
13:3014:00Steamer
14:0014:40Launch
14:3015:00Steamer
14:5015:30Launch
15:3516:05Steamer
16:0016:40Launch
16:4017:10Steamer
17:1017:45Launch
17:5518:30Launch

Today's sailings from Ambleside

Depart AmblesideArrive BownessVessel type
09:5010:20Launch
10:3511:05Launch
11:0011:30Steamer
11:3012:00Launch
12:0012:30Steamer
12:2012:50Launch
13:1013:40Steamer
13:5014:20Launch
14:1514:45Steamer
14:5015:20Launch
15:1515:45Steamer
15:4016:10Launch
16:2016:50Steamer
16:5017:20Launch
17:1517:45Steamer
17:5018:20Launch

Additional Information

Service Status

amber

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💨 Sunday 26th June page last updated Sunday 12.00pm)

Windy weather is causing us problems on some of our services:

  • Row boats - Suspended due to the adverse weather conditions
  • Motor boats - Suspended due to the adverse weather conditions
  • Cruises - Due to the strong southerly winds, we are unable to operate our "steamer" vessels between Bowness and Ambleside this afternoon. Services between Bowness and Ambleside and vice versa will be operated by our smaller launch vessels and the MV Swift. Wheelchair users are strongly advised to ring 015394 43360 to confirm which vessel is operating on which service.

( keep checking back as this page will be updated throughout the day)

Service Status

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
🟡 YELLOW CRUISE
Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻

❌ Wind - no boats

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

❌ Wind - no boats

🟤 YELLOW CRUISE & STEAM TRAINHaverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness✔️ Services OK
🟢 GREEN CRUISEAmbleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside
✔️ Services OK
🚶 WALKERS TICKETBowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk ↻
❌ Wind - Service cancelled
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻❌ Wind - no boats
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻❌ Wind - no boats

CROSS LAKES SHUTTLE

Bowness ↔ Ferry House❌ Sorry, not running
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot
❌ Sorry, not running

🕑: We are now running to our Summer timetable

Route Map

Load Map

Access and Facilities

♿ Disabled Access

Three different types of vessels operate on this route with varying accessibility.

  • ♿ MV Swift - (marked with a green wheelchair icon on our timetables): our most accessible vessel - step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating & accessible toilet
  • ♿ 'Steamers' MV Swan/Teal - (marked with black wheelchair icon on our timetables) - step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating. Toilets down steep steps.
  • ❌ 'Steamer' Tern & modern launches like Miss Cumbria/Miss Lakeland - are not recommended for customers with limited mobility

Please visit our Accessibility section for more information.

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.


🧑‍🦽 Carer goes free policy

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

  • MV Swift - ☕ 🍺🍷🥪Full bar with hot/cold drinks, draught beer/lager & sandwiches/snacks | 🚾Toilets including accessible toilet | 💺Indoor & outdoor seats
  • 'Steamers' Swan/Teal/Tern - ☕ 🍺🍷🥪 Full bar with hot/cold drinks, draught beer/lager & sandwiches/snacks | 🚾 Multiple toilets | 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats
  • Launches like Miss Cumbria/Miss Lakeland - 🍾 Bottle bar with hot/cold drinks/snacks | 🚾 Single toilets | 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats

🎫 Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage.


🚭 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.

Upgrade This Cruise

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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

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