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Red Cruise

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 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 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.

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 27th March 2021 until Sunday 31st October 2021)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
Adults Children Families
£13.00£7.80£37.50

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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  • 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 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
09:5010:25MV Swift
10:2010:50Steamer
10:4011:15Launch
11:1011:40Steamer
11:3512:10MV Swift
12:2012:50Steamer
13:0013:35MV Swift
13:3014:00Steamer
14:0014:35Launch
14:3015:00Steamer
14:5015:25MV Swift
15:3516:05Steamer
16:0016:35Launch
16:4017:10Steamer
17:2017:55MV Swift

Today's sailings from Ambleside

Depart AmblesideArrive BownessVessel type
09:5010:20Launch
10:3511:05MV Swift
11:0011:30Steamer
11:2511:55Launch
12:0012:30Steamer
12:2012:50MV Swift
13:0513:35Steamer
13:5514:25MV Swift
14:1514:45Steamer
14:4515:15Launch
15:1515:45Steamer
15:3516:05MV Swift
16:2016:50Steamer
16:4517:15Launch
17:1517:45Steamer

Additional Information

Service Status

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Service Status

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

✔️ Services OK

🟤 YELLOW SERVICE & STEAM TRAIN
Haverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness
✔️ Services OK
🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻
✔️ Services OK
🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻
✔️ Services OK
🟢 GREEN CRUISEAmbleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside
✔️ Services OK
🚶 WALKERS TICKETBowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk ↻
✔️ Services OK

CROSS LAKES SHUTTLE

Bowness ↔ Ferry House❌ Not in service (Covid-19)
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot
❌ Not in service (Covid-19)


Route Map

Load Map

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.

Upgrade This Cruise

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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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