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Walker's Ticket (using Windermere Car Ferry)

A stunning circular route of Windermere by boat & lakeshore walk

A map of the route on the walkers ticket

Leave the car behind and enjoy a beautiful walk around Windermere. The walker's ticket combines 2 boat cruises and the car ferry 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 with the help of the Windermere Car Ferry.

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

Price & booking

AdultChild (5-15)
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)
£14.30 + £1 for car ferry
£8.60 + £1 for car ferry
£41.00 + £1 for car ferry
  • You can't buy this ticket online - just buy at the pier when you arrive

A couple set out on the Walkers Ticket from Brockhole

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
(4) ⛴️ 🚶Car ferry & then walk to Bowness
09:50
(arrive 10:25)
11:00

(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
10:20

(arrive 10:50)

11:00

(arrive 11:15)
11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
10:40
(arrive 11:20)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
11:10
(arrive 11:40)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)

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 boat back to Brockhole:
(1) 🛳️ Leave Brockhole for Ambleside
(2) 🛳️ Leave Ambleside for Wray
(3) 🚶 Start your walk from Wray
(4) ⛴️+ 🚶 Car ferry & then walk to Bowness
(5) 🛳️ Leave Bowness on Red Cruise to Brockhole
10:10
(arrive 10:25)
11:00

(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
14:00
(arrive Brockhole 14:25)
10:20

(arrive 10:40)

11:00
(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
14:00
(arrive Brockhole 14:25)
11:05
(arrive 11:20)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
14:50
(arrive Brockhole 15:15)
11:30
(arrive 11:50)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
14:50
(arrive Brockhole 15:10)
11:55
(arrive 12:10)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
14:50
(arrive Brockhole 15:10)

Using the Windermere Car Ferry to complete the circulat boat/walk route

Starting in Ambleside (Waterhead)

  • Join your 1st boat of the day to Wray Castle, enjoy your walk to the car ferry 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

(3) ⛴️+ 🚶 🛳️Car ferry & then walk to Bowness
(4) 🛳️ Leave Bowness for Ambleside
9:50
(arrive 10:05)
10:10

(walk takes 2hrs+)

Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)


12:20
(arrive 12:50)
11:00

(arrive 11:15)

11:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)

Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
14:00
(arrive 14:40)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
14:50
(arrive 15:30)
13:45
(arrive 14:00)
14:05
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
16:40
(arrive 17:10)

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 and then boat back to Brockhole:
(1) 🛳️ Leave Windermere Jetty for Ambleside
(2) 🛳️ Leave Ambleside for Wray
(3) 🚶 Start your walk from Wray
(4) ⛴️+ 🚶 Car ferry & then walk to Bowness
(5) 🛳️ Leave Bowness on Red Cruise to Brockhole
10:50
(arrive 11:20)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:35
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
16:00
(arrive Windermere Jetty 16:10)

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

You can't buy this ticket online, so just purchase your ticket at Bowness, Brockhole or Ambleside ticket offices.

Price: Adult: £14.30 | Child: £7.60 | Family: £41.00

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 2nd April 2022 until Sunday 30th October 2022)

  • Prices below are return fares
Adults Children Families
£14.30£8.60£41.00

Additional Information

Walkers ticket

Walkers ticket

A fabulous circuit of Windermere by boat and boot (with a little help from the car ferry)

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Additional Information

Service Status

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Service Status

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

✔️ Services OK

🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

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 ↻
✔️ Services OK
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻✔️ Services OK
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻✔️ Services OK

CROSS LAKES SHUTTLE

Bowness ↔ Ferry House❌ Sorry, not running
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot
❌ Sorry, not running

🕑: We are now running to our Summer 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.


🧑‍🦽 Carer goes free policy

If a disabled adult in your group needs a carer, then the carer travels free. For more information about this scheme and to see all the terms and conditions, please read our company policy for disabled passengers.


☕ On-Board Facilities

  • Launches like Miss Cumbria/Miss Lakeland - 🍾 Bottle bar with hot/cold drinks/snacks | 🚾 Single toilets | 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats
  • Traditional wooden launches - 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats

🎫 Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage.


🚭 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.


🐶 Dogs

All well behaved dogs are welcome on board and travel for free.


🚲 Bikes

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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