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How To Get To Our Piers

Below are directions to each of our piers, by car, train and bus. We have also provided a handy Google Map of our pier locations and nearby car parks. Don't forget about Park & Sail that offers great value all day parking at our Lakeside Pier.

By Car

M6 Traffic use junction 36. Follow signs for south Lakes and for Windermere Lake Cruises A590 to Lakeside , A591 for Bowness and Ambleside.


Car Parking

Bowness Pier
Postcode: LA23 3HQ   View large map

Once you have reached the pier follow signs for the long stay car park at Braithwaite Fold (400 spaces).

Ambleside Pier (Waterhead)
Postcode: LA22 0EY  View large map

Our customers' car park has 21 spaces and costs £5.00 to park all day. In addition, there are 200 spaces in a public pay and display car park close to the pier.

Lakeside Pier
Postcode: LA12 8AS View large map

There are 300 spaces within just a few metres of our pier and offer up to 10 hours parking for just £4.00.
Please note that passengers wishing to include steam train from Haverthwaite should note that there are an additional 150 spaces at Haverthwaite station.


By Train

Travel to Windermere Railway Station via Oxenholme - Lake District  (on the main line between London and Glasgow). Bowness Pier is a 25 minute walk away or you can catch a regular bus/taxi service from outside Windermere station.  


By Bus

Stagecoach operate a 6/X6 service that links Barrow, Ulverston and Windermere to Bowness Pier, the service also calls at Newby Bridge (a 1 mile walk to Lakeside Pier.) Alternatively, they call at Haverthwaite where the steam train begins its journey to Lakeside. The 599 Service links Grasmere, Rydal and Ambleside Pier.

Load Map

Park & Sail

Save time, money and hassle by using our park and sail option at our Ambleside and Lakeside Piers.

During busy periods, the roads around Windermere can get congested and car parking can be a premium. Why not leave the car behind, save money and reduce your carbon footprint by exploring Windermere by boat?

Our Ambleside Pier has 21 spaces and costs £5.00 all day (other public pay and display car parks are nearby). Our Lakeside car park has 300 spaces and costs £4.00 all day.

Many customers find parking at Lakeside extremely convenient as it is also the home to the Lakes Aquarium and a boarding point for the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway. The Lakeside site is also convenient for the Lakeland Motor Museum and a brief ferry trip to Fell Foot woodland trail, picnic area and adventure playground. This service runs in the summer every half hour from 11am to 5pm.