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Walkers Ticket

A stunning circular route of Windermere by boat & lakeshore walk

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 4.5 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.

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:

Your route options

Ambleside → Wray Castle → Walk to Ash Landing (4.5 miles/7.2km) → 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 Estate (free to visit).
  • Take the path left of the boathouse to follow the lake shore south to Ash Landing.
  • Take a slight 5 minutes detour to visit National Trust Claife Station (free to visit)
  • Catch the Cross Lakes Shuttle back from Ash Landing to Bowness where you can stop off for a cup of tea and slice of cake at the Pier Cafe before catching the third boat of the day back to Ambleside.

Bowness → Ambleside → Wray CastleWalk to Ash Landing (4.5 miles/7.2km) → Bowness

  • Alternatively, you can start at Bowness, sail north to Ambleside and catch the traditional wooden launch to Wray Jetty and then follow the lake shore south to Ash Landing 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.
Ash landing tiny

Ash Landing - where's that?

We sadly lost our landing rights to Ferry House (near the car ferry), but we're using a new jetty that's 10 minute's walk further south.

A family following the gravel path along the lakeshore

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 Ash Landing
(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 13:00 (arrive 13:20)
Slower walk 14:25 (arrive 14:45)
START AT 10:20

(arrive 10:50)

11:00
(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Faster walk 13:00 (arrive 13:15)
Slower walk 14:25 (arrive 14:45)
START AT 10:40
(arrive 11:20)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Faster walk 14:25 (arrive 14:45)
Slower walk 15:00 (arrive 15:20)
START AT 11:10
(arrive 11:40)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Faster walk 14:25 (arrive 14:45)
Slower walk 15:15 (arrive 15:35)
  • (3) Start your gentle 4.5 mile walk to Ash Landing along the scenic lake-shore forest path. 📄 Download map (PDF)

Follow the clearly-marked path from Wray Castle to Ash Landing

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 Ash Landing
(4) 🛳️ Leave Ash Landing 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+)
14:25
(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+)
14:25
(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+)
15:15
(arrive 15:35)
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+)
15:15
(arrive 15:35)
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+)
15:15
(arrive 15:35)
16:00
(arrive Brockhole 16:25)
  • (3) Start your gentle 4.5 mile walk to Ash Landing along the scenic lake-shore forest path 📄 Download map (PDF)

A traditional wooden launch operates on the Cross Lakes Shuttle, between Bowness and Ash Landing, 10mins walk south of the council-run car ferry.

Starting in Ambleside (Waterhead)

  • Join your 1st boat of the day to Wray Castle, enjoy your walk to Ash Landing 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 Ash Landing
(3) 🛳️Leave Ash Landing 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+)

12:10
(arrive 12:30)

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

(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)

14:25
(arrive 14:45)
14:50
(arrive 15:30)
START AT 12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
15:15
(arrive 15:35)
15:35
(arrive 16:05)
START AT 13:45
(arrive 14:00)
14:05
(walk takes 2hrs+)
16:20
(arrive 16:40)
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 Ash Landing 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 Ash Landing 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+)
15:15
(arrive 15:35)
16:00
(arrive Windermere Jetty 16:10)

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 23rd March 2024 until Sunday 3rd November 2024)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
Adults Children Families
£17.50£10.50£50.00

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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Select a date to view prices and sailing times.

  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5-15 years. Children under 5 travel free.
  • Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children.

Timetable

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

  • 9:50 | 11:00 | 12:15 | 13:45

Starting from Bowness

  • 9:50 | 10:15 | 10:40 | 11:10

Starting from Brockhole

  • 10:10 | 10:20 | 11:05 | 11:30 | 11:55

Starting from Windermere Jetty (Museum)

  • 10:50

Additional Information

Service Status

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Today's Service Status

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness → W'Mere Jetty Museum →Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead → Bowness

✔️ Services OK

🟡 YELLOW CRUISEBowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness → Bowness

✔️ Services OK
🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻

✔️ Services OK

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

✔️ Services OK

🟤 YELLOW CRUISE & STEAM TRAINHaverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness

✔️ Services OK

🟢 GREEN CRUISEAmbleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside

✔️ Services OK

🚶 WALKERS TICKETBowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk → Ash Landing → Bowness✔️ Services OK
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻

⚠️ Closed due to rain

🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

⚠️ Closed due to rain

CROSS LAKES SHUTTLE

Bowness ↔ Ash Landing✔️ Services OK
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our peak season timetable.

Route Map

Load Map

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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