Freedom Of The Lake ®
Sail around the lake on any of our cruises. Valid For 24hrs from first use.
This ticket returns on 4 April 2020.
The Green Cruise that takes you to the start of the walk only operates during our peak summer season (April - end of October). Currently, there is no way you can purchase this ticket.
The information below is for reference only and for booking tickets from 4 April 2020 onwards.
This convenient ticket allows walkers to create a circular walking loop and can start/finish at Bowness, Windermere Jetty (Museum), Brockhole or Ambleside.
Ambleside > Wray Castle > Walk to Ferry House (4 miles) > Bowness > Ambleside
Bowness > Ambleside > Wray Castle > Walk to Ferry House (4 miles) > Bowness
Start at Brockhole or Windermere Jetty (Museum)
The following times are ideal STARTING times for your walk and all boat journeys, leaving enough time to return to your starting point.
Starting from Ambleside
Starting from Bowness
Starting from Brockhole
Starting from Windermere Jetty (Museum)
^ Operates between 22 July - 31 August only | + Operates 27 - 31 May & 22 July - 30 August only.
All services operating as schedule
🔴 Red Cruise (Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside → Bowness)
🟡 Yellow Cruise (Bowness ↔ Lakeside) Weekends only in January
🔵 Islands Cruise (Bowness ↺)
Winter closures in January 2020
January is one of the quietest months on and around Lake Windermere. We sail every day, but customers should be aware of the following restrictions:
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.