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Walker's Ticket (using Windermere Car Ferry)

Enjoy a beautiful circular walk around Windermere

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

A couple set out on the Walkers Ticket from Brockhole

How it works

You can choose to start your circular route from Bowness, Ambleside or Brockhole (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 11:15)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:20
(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)
12:20
(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
10:15
(arrive 10:35)
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 14:20)
11:00

(arrive 11:15)

12:15
(arrive 12:30)

12:20
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
14:50
(arrive Brockhole 15:10)
11:30
(arrive 11:50)
12:15
(arrive 12:30)
12:20
(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)
12:20
(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
9:45
(arrive 10:00)
10:05

(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 14:35)
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 15:25)
13:30
(arrive 13:45)
13:50
(walk takes 2hrs+)
Car Ferry every 20 minutes
(15 mins walk back to our pier)
16:00
(arrive 16:35

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

  • Claife Viewing Station (pictured) - National Trust - FREE
  • Wray Castle - National Trust - Entry fee applies
  • Bark Barn Jetty - stunning lake views from our most remote pier.

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

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 27th March 2021 until Sunday 31st October 2021)

  • Prices below are return fares
Adults Children Families
£12.00£6.80£32.50

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

✔️ Services OK

🟤 YELLOW SERVICE & STEAM TRAIN
Haverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness
✔️ Services OK
🎫 Buy tickets at the pier only
🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻
✔️ Services OK
🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻
✔️ Services OK
🟢 GREEN CRUISEAmbleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside
✔️ Services OK
🚶 WALKERS TICKETBowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk ↻
✔️ Services OK

CROSS LAKES SHUTTLE

Bowness ↔ Ferry House❌ Not in service (Covid-19)
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot
❌ Not in service (Covid-19)


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Access & Facilities

Disabled Access

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 to 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.

Concessions for Disabled Customers

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

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.

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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