Practical Information for Tour / Group Leaders / Coach Drivers
🎞️ A simple practical guide to visiting us
Windermere Lake Cruises has ample parking for coaches at both Lakeside and Bowness piers and there is space for dropping off at Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier. View our interactive map with information about parking, piers and their location around the lake.
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Bowness Coach Park is OPEN
Our Coach Park is now accepting coaches again as the regulations regarding social-distancing are relaxed.
- Coaches can park for free for up to 4 hours if you have customers pre-booked on our cruises.
- Coaches can also park for free if coach passengers are interested in travelling on the boats - we will happily come on board to explain the different cruises we have on offer.
- Space is still a premium, so please let us know what time you are planning to arrive beforehand.
- Sorry, but at the moment we cannot accept coaches arriving ad hoc and unplanned.
Coach parking Pre-booking essential
At the time of booking your passengers onto a cruise, you must also pre-book your coach into the coach park.
We cannot park any coaches that are not pre-booked, or do not have passengers sailing with us.
We are operating a special timetable available from Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside only.
This is so we can control the number of passengers onboard and clean the boats after every trip.
Group rates still apply to all our cruises:
- Red Cruise (Bowness ↔ Ambleside Waterhead)
- Yellow Cruise (Bowness ↔ Lakeside)
- Islands Cruise (Bowness ↺)
You can pay on the day, pay in advance over the phone or upon prior agreement we can invoice you.
Keeping distance on board
Friendly reminders around the boat will help your passengers to keep your distance on board our boats. Please keep your fellow passengers and our colleagues safe by maintaining a '1-metre plus' distance at all times.
Toilets are available on all of our ‘Steamers’ and modern launches (check for disabled access). Our 'steamers' have a full bar selling alcoholic drinks on tap plus hot/cold beverages and sandwiches/snacks. Our modern launches have bars selling bottled alcoholic drinks and hot drinks/snacks.
Facilities for Wheelchair Users
Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call and confirm which vessel is operating which service. Our ‘Steamers’ are suitable for wheelchair users but onboard toilet facilities can only be reached by means of stairs. However there are adapted toilets at Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside, and ‘Radar’ facilities close to Ambleside and Bowness Piers. The Main saloons are wheelchair accessible on the Teal and the Swan but not on the Tern (although there is ample covered accommodation).