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Walkers Ticket

A stunning circular route of Windermere by boat & lakeshore walk

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STARTS AGAIN THIS SUMMER

This service only operates during our peak season and will start again on 23 March 2024. The information below will be updated in Spring 2024.

A map of the route of the Walker's Ticket using boats and the lakeside footpath.

Leave the car behind and enjoy a beautiful walk around Windermere. The walker's ticket combines 3 boat cruises with a stunning 4 mile walk along the quiet western shore and is a great day out for the whole family.

Get treated to breath-taking views of the lake and lush woodland before returning to your starting position later in the day.

Please allow over 4 hours to enjoy this day out and bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Ticket Price (includes all boats and walk)

AdultChild (5-15)Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)
£16.50£9.90£47.50

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A couple set out on the Walker's Ticket from Brockhole

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

How it works

You can choose to start your circular route from Bowness, Ambleside, Brockhole or Windermere Jetty Museum (click to jump to that section).


🕑 Suggested timings are listed below:


Starting in Bowness

  • Join your 1st boat of the day, Red Cruise to Ambleside, then change at Ambleside for Green Cruise to Wray Castle:
(1) 🛳️ Leave Bowness on Red Cruise
(2) 🛳️ Leave Ambleside on Green Cruise
(3) 🚶 Start your walk from Wray to Ferry House
(4) 🛳️ Return to Bowness on the Cross Lakes Shuttle
START AT 09:50
(arrive 10:25)
11:00

(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Faster walk 13:15 (arrive 13:30)
Slower walk 14:30 (arrive 14:45)
START AT 10:20

(arrive 10:50)

11:00
(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Faster walk 13:15 (arrive 13:30)
Slower walk 14:30 (arrive 14:45)
START AT 10:40
(arrive 11:20)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Faster walk 14:30 (arrive 14:45)
Slower walk 15:10 (arrive 15:25)
START AT 11:10
(arrive 11:40)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Faster walk 14:30 (arrive 14:45)
Slower walk 15:10 (arrive 15:25)
  • (3) Start your gentle 4 mile walk to Ferry House along the scenic lake-shore forest path. 📄 Download map (PDF)

Follow the clearly-marked path from Wray Castle to Ferry House

Starting in Brockhole

  • Join your 1st boat of the day to Ambleside, then change at Ambleside for Green Cruise to Wray Castle, walk and then 2 boats back to Brockhole:
(1) 🛳️ Leave Brockhole for Ambleside
(2) 🛳️ Leave Ambleside for Wray on Green Cruise
(3) 🚶 Start your walk from Wray to Ferry House
(4) 🛳️ Leave Ferry House for Bowness on Cross Lakes Shuttle(5) 🛳️ Leave Bowness on Red Cruise to Brockhole
START AT 10:10 - Red Cruise >
(arrive 10:25)
11:00

(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)
14:30
(arrive 14:45)
14:50
(arrive Brockhole 15:15)
START AT 10:20 - Green Cruise >

(arrive 10:40)

11:00
(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)
14:30
(arrive 14:45)
14:50
(arrive Brockhole 15:15)
START AT 11:05 - Red Cruise >
(arrive 11:20)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
15:10
(arrive 15:25)
16:00
(arrive Brockhole 16:25)
START AT 11:30 - Green Cruise >
(arrive 11:50)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
15:10
(arrive 15:25)
16:00
(arrive Brockhole 16:25)
START AT 11:55 - Red Cruise >
(arrive 12:10)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
15:10
(arrive 15:25)
16:00
(arrive Brockhole 16:25)
  • (3) Start your gentle 4 mile walk to Ferry House along the scenic lake-shore forest path 📄 Download map (PDF)

A traditional wooden launch operates on the Cross Lakes Shuttle, between Bowness and Ferry House, right next to the council-run car ferry.

Starting in Ambleside (Waterhead)

  • Join your 1st boat of the day to Wray Castle, enjoy your walk to Ferry House and then head back to Bowness for your boat back to Ambleside:
(1) 🛳️ Leave Ambleside for Wray on Green Cruise
(2) 🚶 Start your walk from Wray to Ferry House
(3) 🛳️Leave Ferry House on Cross Lakes Shuttle to Bowness
(4) 🛳️ Return to Ambleside on the Red Cruise from Bowness
START AT 9:50
(arrive 10:05)
10:10

(walk takes 2hrs+)

12:35
(arrive 12:50)

13:00
(arrive 13:40)
START AT 11:00

(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)

14:30
(arrive 14:45)
14:50
(arrive 15:30)
START AT 12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
15:10
(arrive 15:25)
15:35
(arrive 16:05)
START AT 13:45
(arrive 14:00)
14:05
(walk takes 2hrs+)
16:30
(arrive 16:45)
17:10
(arrive 17:45)

Customers awaiting the Green Cruise boat from Wray Castle Pier

Starting at Windermere Jetty Museum

  • Join your 1st boat of the day to Ambleside, then change at Ambleside for Green Cruise to Wray Castle, walk to Ferry House and catch the boat back to Bowness and change for boat to Windermere Jetty Museum:
(1) 🛳️ Depart Windermere Jetty for Ambleside on Red Cruise
(2) 🛳️ Depart Ambleside for Wray on Green Cruise
(3) 🚶 Start your walk from Wray to Ferry House
(4) 🛳️ Depart Ferry House for Bowness on Cross Lakes Shuttle(5) 🛳️ Depart Bowness for Windermere Jetty on Red Cruise
START AT 10:50
(arrive 11:20)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
15:10
(arrive 15:25)
16:00
(arrive Windermere Jetty 16:10)

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

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

✔️ Services OK

🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness → Windermere Jetty (Museum) → Bowness

✔️ Services OK
🚤MOTOR BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach Hire Point ONLY

✔️ Services OK

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Waterhead Waterhead Hire Point (nr. Ambleside Pier)✔️ Services OK


🕑: We are now running to our winter timetable. More routes and services available after Easter 2024.

Route Map

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Access & Facilities

♿ Disabled Access

This service is operated by traditional wooden launches and modern launches, both are not recommended for customers with limited mobility

Please visit our Accessibility section for more information.


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