Two cyclists bringing bikes on board the Cross Lakes service.

Cyclists welcomed onboard cross-lake shuttle service

Published: 6th September 2018

Cyclists will again be able to continue to cross Windermere between Bowness and Ferry House from 3 September 2018, thanks to Windermere Lake Cruises’ cross-lake shuttle service.

Costing just £1 more than the usual foot passenger ticket price, ten scheduled departures which can accommodate cyclists will sail each way between Ferry House and Bowness Pier 3, seven days a week.

With the final ‘Bike Boat’ summer crossing scheduled between Brockhole and Bark Barn for 2 September 2018, cyclists will instead be able to travel across the lake on the regular cross-lake shuttle service between Bowness Pier 3 and Ferry House from 3 September 2018 until 28 October 2018.

While cyclists are welcome to use the service, priority will be given to foot-passengers for each crossing.

Managing Director of Windermere Lake Cruises, Nigel Wilkinson says, “We’re pleased to be able to continue to help cyclists cross the lake following the unexpected problems with the Windermere car ferry earlier this year. We are glad cyclists have enjoyed using our Bike Boat service between Brockhole and Bark Barn during the summer holidays and we look forward to the Windermere car ferry returning to service as soon as possible.

“Immediately following the problems with the car ferry, we supplemented the Bowness to Ferry House passenger service, whenever we had boats available, to provide an alternative for cyclists, which we know has been appreciated by the cycling community. We are delighted to be able to reinstate this service back after a successful summer season with the Bike Boat helping cyclists cross the lake via the alternative route between Brockhole and Bark Barn.”

Meanwhile, as a gesture of goodwill until 28th October 2018 - or until the car ferry returns to service if sooner, passengers holding a Windermere Lake Cruises’ Residents Discount Card who cross from Bowness Pier 3 to Ferry House or vice versa, will be charged 50 pence each way, the same rate as they would have paid on the Windermere car ferry.

(Please note this is an archived press release from 3 September 2018)

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