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How To Get To Our Piers

🚗 By Car

  • M6 motorway traffic should use junction 36.
  • Follow signs for south Lakes and then brown signs to Windermere Lake Cruises (on the A590 to Lakeside) or (A591 for Bowness and Ambleside).

🅿️ Car Parking

Bowness Pier
Postcode: LA23 3HQ

Once you have reached the pier follow signs for car parking.
🗺️ There are 6 car parks within 15 mins walk.

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

🗺️ There are 5 car parks close by to Ambleside pier.

Our customers' car park has 21 spaces and costs £6.00 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 £5.00.
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

Travel by Stagecoach Bus to BOWNESS PIER (LIVE DEPARTURES) on the following services:


Travel by Stagecoach Bus to AMBLESIDE PIER (Waterhead) & BROCKHOLE PIER (LIVE DEPARTURES) on the following services:


Travel by Stagecoach Bus to LAKESIDE PIER (alight at Swan at Newby Bridge (LIVE DEPARTURES) stop & walk the 1 mile) on the following services:

Load Map

Park & Sail

Car drivers - 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 a small car park and costs £6.00 all day (other public pay and display car parks are nearby). Our Lakeside car park has 300 spaces and costs £5.00 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.