Freedom Of The Lake ®
Sail around the lake on any of our cruises. Valid For 24hrs from first use.
COVID-19 - Re-opening
On Monday 19 May we returned to our regular cruises:
Bowness → 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 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 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.
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 or MV Swift may sometimes be substituted for a smaller vessel for operational reasons. Prices and timetable information are subject to change without notice.
Beat the crowds
|🔴 RED CRUISE||Bowness ↔ Ambleside Waterhead||✔️ Services OK|
|🟡 YELLOW CRUISE||Bowness ↔ Lakeside|
✔️ Services OK
|🟤 YELLOW SERVICE & STEAM TRAIN||Haverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness||✔️ Services OK|
|🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE|
|✔️ Services OK|
|🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from Bowness||Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻||✔️ Services OK|
|🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from Waterhead||Waterhead (near Ambleside) ↻||✔️ Services OK|
|🟢 GREEN CRUISE||Ambleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside||✔️ Services OK - PRE-BOOK ONLY|
|Bowness ↔ Ferry House||❌ Not in service (Covid-19)|
|⚫ FELL FOOT FERRY||Lakeside ↔ Fell Foot||❌ Not in service (Covid-19)|
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.
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.
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.
Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage which can be found on our homepage under ‘About Us’.
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.