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Walkers Ticket

Explore the beautiful western shore at your own pace on foot.

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This cruise only operates during our peak season (Easter - October). It will return in Easter 2022.

⚠ The information below is for reference only. Please keep checking back to find out when we are re-opening fully.

A map of the route of the Walkers Ticket using boats and the lakeside footpath.


Combine a stroll along the peaceful western shore with a cruise across Windermere.

This convenient ticket allows walkers to create a circular walking loop and can start/finish at Bowness, Windermere Jetty (Museum), Brockhole or Ambleside.

Your route options

Ambleside → Wray Castle → Walk to Ferry House (4 miles) → Bowness → Ambleside

  • Starting at Ambleside you take a traditional wooden launch to Wray Castle jetty. Before you begin your walk you could visit National Trust Wray Castle (please note that the entrance fee is not included in our ticket price).
  • Take the path left of the boathouse to follow the lake shore south to Ferry House.
  • Take a slight 5 minutes detour to visit National Trust Claife Station (free to visit)
  • Catch the Cross Lakes Shuttle back from Ferry House to Bowness where you can stop off for a cup tea and slice of cake at the Pier Cafe before catching the third boat of the day back to Ambleside.

Bowness → Ambleside → Wray Castle → Walk to Ferry House (4 miles) → Bowness

  • Alternatively, you can start at Bowness, sail north to Ambleside and catch the traditional wooden launch to Wray Castle Jetty and then follow the lake shore south to Ferry House as above. Catch the Cross Lakes Shuttle back to Bowness for your third boat trip of the day.

Start at Brockhole or Windermere Jetty (Museum)

  • You can also start your circuit at Windermere Jetty (Museum) or Brockhole, but please note that there is limited car parking at these venues/piers.

So much to see on your walk along the western shore:

  • Claife Viewing Station (pictured) - National Trust - FREE
  • Wray Castle - National Trust - Entry fee applies
  • Bark Barn Jetty - stunning lake views from our most remote pier.

Additional Information

Enjoy The Lakes on foot

Enjoy The Lakes on foot

Walking is popular way to explore the Lake District. Travel further with Windermere Lake Cruises and our Walkers Ticket.

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Additional Information

Service Status


Open every day except Christmas Day

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

✔️ Services OK


Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻
✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our winter timetable. 📄: Download the PDF (1.5Mb)

Route Map

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Access & 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 and 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.

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.


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.

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