Freedom Of The Lake ®
Sail around the lake on any of our cruises. Valid For 24hrs from first use.
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, Brockhole or Ambleside.
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 Wray Castle which is owned by the National Trust and is now open to the public, but please note that the entrance fee is not included in our ticket price. You then take the path left of the boathouse to follow the lake shore south to Ferry House. 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.
With every purchase of a Walkers Ticket, we give a donation to Nurture Lakeland to help maintain the beauty of the Lake District National Park.
(Adults 20p, Children 10p and Family 60p). To find out more about Visit Give Protect please visit the Nuture Lakeland website.
Valid for children aged 5 - 15. Under 5's travel free.
Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 3 children.
The following times are ideal STARTING times for your walk and all boat journeys, leaving enough time to return to your starting point. You can view all times for boats in our timetable section.
Starting from Bowness
Starting from Brockhole
Starting from Ambleside
^ Operates only between 23 July - 1 September
+ Operates only between 28 May - 1 June and 23 July to 31 August
Windermere Car Ferry provided by Cumbria County Council is not in operation today.
As an alternative, we have extra services on our Ferry House service for foot passengers and cyclists from Bowness to Ferry House.
All sailings will accept foot passengers, and some departures will take cyclists too. This will change on a day-to-day basis and cyclists are advised to plan their route in advance to ensure they can find a bike-friendly departure. At weekends, we recommend cyclists take the Bike Boat service from Brockhole < > Bark Barn
|Bowness Departure (🚲- Bike Friendly)||Ferry House departure (🚲 - Bike Friendly)|
* Please note there is a maximum of 6 bikes allowed on each boat.
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.
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.
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.