Cyclists arriving at Bark Ban Jetty on the Windermere Bike Boat

Cyclists praise return of “fantastic” Windermere Lake Cruises ‘Bike Boat’ Service

Published: 22nd August 2018

PRESS RELEASE - 06/08/18

Cyclists are praising the increasingly popular ‘Bike Boat’ scheme offered by Windermere Lake Cruises throughout the summer school holiday period, which last month returned to operating a daily service with eight crossings each-way, seven days a week.

The ‘Bike Boat’ operates between Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre and Bark Barn jetty on the traffic-free western shore of Windermere, accessed by the Wray Castle– Ferry House bridleway, every day until Sunday 2nd September.

Jennifer, a cyclist we spoke to during one of the service’s regular crossings, said: “We’re visiting from Yorkshire, specifically for a cycling holiday. We’ve had a gorgeous cycle today after boarding at Brockhole and going across to the western side of the lake. We cycled to Hill Top farm, around to Hawkshead, then down to Wray Castle before heading back to the Bike Boat.

“The hills are just about the right kind of challenge and there have been some really fun bits too. We especially enjoyed ‘track 6’ on the suggested route leaflet on the way back. It was lovely and bumpy through the fields with a few wet bits to go through, which was really enjoyable. Hawkshead was beautiful. We had a lovely lunch there and looked in the shops and had a really good day.”

Jennifer’s partner Steve added: “There’s been quite a bit of investment on a cycle path over on that side of the lake too, making it feel a lot safer.”


‘Bike Boat’ Skipper Daniel Barlow says, “It’s been very popular with the hot weather this year and has really helped people get to the west side of the lake where there are so many opportunities to go walking and biking. All the cyclists really enjoy it, and many have told me personally how much they value it. We’ve got leaflets that highlight all the best routes from Bark Barn too, where we drop people off.”

Nick Thompson, Operations Manager at Ambleside says, “The return of the ‘Bike Boat’ has proved to be so popular, we’ve actually had to increase the number of crossings at times. We put an extra service on last night because at one stage there were no fewer than 60 cyclists all waiting to get back across at the same time. We’d never leave anyone stranded!”

Single and return tickets for the ‘Bike Boat’ are available, with holders of a Windermere Lake Cruises’ Local Residents Discount card being offered a 20% discount on the regular ticket prices. Foot passengers are also welcome to use the service, but priority will be given to cyclists for each crossing.

For foot passengers wishing to cross from the western shore of Windermere to Brockhole, a passenger only service also operates from Wray Castle.

Further details are online at

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