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Red Cruise (with allocated seating)

Sail from Bowness to Ambleside or vice versa

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Book today for up until Sunday 23 August (inclusive).
If the trial of this new socially-distanced cruises is successful, later dates will be added.

Bowness ↔ Ambleside (Waterhead) | See route map below

🕘 80 + minutes return / 30 minutes one way

  • This beautiful round trip from Bowness can be taken as a 80-minute return cruise.
  • Alternatively, you may board at Ambleside (Waterhead) and return on a later boat from Bowness. Your ticket allows you get off and get a later boat back.
  • Each cruise includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest surrounding Windermere.
  • This is a special cruise during COVID-19 ✔️ online booking only ✔️ Social distancing ✔️ ticketed seating ✔️ enhanced cleaning | Find out more

🚢 On a smaller, modern launch such as Miss Cumbria or Miss Lakeland or historic 'Steamer' (larger vessel)

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Ticketed Seating
To keep everyone safe on board and to maintain a good distance between all customers this cruise will have ticketed seating.

  • Choose from either a single or return journey from either Bowness or Ambleside
  • You must book a seat for the outward and return legs of your journey

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seating plans of the vessels

On the boat

  • Choose between indoor or outdoor seating when booking. Your colour-coded seat will be allocated to you and clearly marked on your e-ticket.
  • Coloured seating zones and our friendly staff will guide you to your seats when boarding the boat.
  • Children under 5 who can sit on parents knees can travel free.

A steamer heading north departing Ambleside on the Red Cruise

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 4th April 2020 until Sunday 1st November 2020)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
AdultsChildren
£12.40£6.20

Additional Information

'Steamer' MV Swan departing Bowness Pier on the Red Cruise

'Steamer' MV Swan departing Bowness Pier on the Red Cruise

Enjoy the the finest views from our most scenic cruise on Lake Windermere

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This ticket can be used to start from either Bowness or Ambleside (Waterhead). Choose a single or return ticket. Launches (smaller boats) are marked in red and steamers (larger boats) are marked in black on the timetable below.

⚠ Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time for your booking, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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£12.40

£6.20

  • Child prices are valid for children aged 15 and under.
  • Children under 5 who can sit on parents knees will not need a seat ticket.

Todays sailings from Bowness

Depart BownessArrive AmblesideVessel type
10:0010:30Steamer
10:3011:00Launch
11:1011:40Launch
11:3012:00Launch
11:5012:20Launch
12:2012:50Steamer
12:5013:20Launch
13:2513:55Steamer
13:5014:20Launch
14:1014:40Launch
14:3015:00Launch
14:5015:20Launch
15:4016:10Steamer
16:0016:30Launch
16:4517:15Steamer
17:0517:35Launch
18:0518:35Launch

Todays sailings from Ambleside

Depart AmblesideArrive BownessVessel type
09:4010:10Launch
10:1510:45Launch
10:5011:20Steamer
11:2011:50Launch
12:0012:30Launch
12:0012:30Steamer
12:1512:45Launch
12:4013:10Launch
13:0513:35Steamer
13:4014:10Launch
13:5514:25Launch
14:1014:40Steamer
14:4015:10Launch
15:0015:30Launch
15:2015:50Launch
15:2015:50Steamer
15:4016:10Launch
16:0016:30Launch
16:2516:55Steamer
16:5017:20Launch
17:2517:55Steamer
17:5018:20Launch

Service Status

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✔️ Scenic cruises

Red Cruise
(Bowness ↔ Ambleside), Yellow Cruise (Bowness ↔ Lakeside) & Islands Cruise (Bowness ↺)

⚠️ We're doing things differently to keep everyone safe. More information >


✔️ Self-drive boat hire (Socially-distanced, of course)

Book your boat now for 1 or 2 hours from Bowness (Beach/Dock) or Ambleside (Waterhead).

Boats can be hired from Bowness & Ambleside for dates up to 31 August as part of a trial. Online bookings only and if popular, more dates and more piers will be added.
⚠️ We're doing things differently to keep everyone safe. More information >


✔️ On-shore cafes

Boatman's Cafe in Bowness and The Pier Cafe Bar (Waterhead) are now open.
Special arrangements will be in place so that customers and staff can safely keep social-distance.

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Access & Facilities

COVID-19 Special arrangements

All passengers are requested to maintain social distancing at all times and keep alert to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Thanks for your understanding and your help in helping us keep everyone on board safe.

Ticketed Seating

You must sit on the seat you have been allocated within the booking process. This strict layout of coloured seating allows us to maintain the safe social distance between all passengers. This cruise will either be on a steamer (larger white historic vessel such as Swan, Teal or Tern) or modern launch (smaller blue boat such as a Miss Lakeland or Miss Cumbria class).

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. Please call us on 015394 43360 to book your wheelchair and carer place on board the boat.

On-Board Facilities

Toilets are available on all our ‘steamers’ and launches with enhanced regular cleaning. Socially-distanced cafes will be operating on steamers. Sorry, no cafe facilities onboard the launches during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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

Sorry, there is no room for bikes on these special cruises during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upgrade This Cruise

Why not treat you and your family to a private cruise? Depart from either Bowness or Ambleside (Waterhead) at a time that suits you. Let our Skipper give you a personalised cruise and commentary just for you.

Perfect for family groups or social bubbles of 1-25 passengers.