Windermere Lake Cruises

Ambleside – Waterhead / Bowness-on-Windermere / Lakeside – Newby Bridge

 

Windermere Lake Cruises has a large fleet of modern and traditional launches and ‘steamers’, which operate the full length of Windermere, calling at WaterheadBowness and Lakeside. A return cruise between Bowness and Waterhead takes about 1.25 hours. A return cruise between Bowness and Lakeside takes about 1.5 hours, and a return cruise round the whole lake takes about 3 hours. Some boats also stop at the pier at Brockhole, the National Park Visitor Centre. Scroll down for timetables, fares, landings and “steamer” details.

Alternative Lake Cruises

While Windermere Lake Cruises, on some of their larger “steamers”, can sometimes feel a little “corporate” or as though you are on a cross Channel ferry, more intimate and relaxing boat trips are available on nearby Coniston Water with the glorious Steam Yacht Gondola ( a real steam yacht) and the Coniston Launch.
 
Other delightful boat trips and cruises can be taken on Derwentwater, near Keswick, with the Keswick Launch and on Ullswater, near Penrith, with Ullswater Steamers.
 
The Windermere Lake Cruises pier at Bowness-on-Windermere
image of the bowness pier for windermere lake cruises in the Lake District
Smaller boats do a circular tour between Waterhead, Wray Castle and Brockhole.
 
Although often described as steamers, the former British Rail owned boats are all in fact motor vessels, and are the MV Tern of 1891, the MV Teal of 1936, and the MV Swan of 1938.
 
Lakeside Station near Newby Bridge was built in 1869 as the terminus of the old Furness Railway. Today you can travel to Haverthwaite on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Also at the station is the Aquarium of the Lakes. Combined tickets for these can be purchased.

 

Windermere Lake Cruises – “Steamers”

These three “steamers” operate on the main Yellow and Red cruise routes (scroll down for routes & fares)
 

MV Teal

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The diesel powered MV Teal was built in 1936 in Barrow in Furness in Cumbria. She is 142 feet long and can carry up to 533 passengers. The vessel is wheelchair accessible except for the toilets and licensed bar. Facilities include –

  • Refreshment bar and licensed bar
  • Promenade deck
  • View stations
  • Centrally heated saloons and toilets

MV Swan

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Again 142 feet long and carrying up to 533 passengers, the MV Swan has three decks and was built in 1938 in Barrow. The vessel is wheelchair accessible except for the toilets and licensed bar. Facilities include –

  • Refreshment bar and licensed bar
  • Promenade deck
  • View stations
  • Centrally heated saloons and toilets

MV Tern

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The flagship of the Windermere Lake Cruises fleet, the MV Tern was originally built in 1891, in Essex, as a steam yacht and converted to diesel in 1956. She was refitted in 1997/8 at a cost of £250,000. She is 145 feet long and can carry up to 350 passengers. The vessel itself is wheelchair accessible but not the facilities (below)

  • Refreshment bar and licensed bar
  • Centrally heated saloons and toilets

 

Windermere Lake Cruises – Modern Launches

The Modern Launch “Miss Cumbria III” at Bowness Pier
image of the Windermere Lake Cruises modern launch Miss Cumbria III at Bowness Pier in the Lake District
Windermere Lake Cruises has 8 modern launches in its fleet. These range in size from Miss Lakeland I at 67 feet long, which can carry up 173 passengers, to to Venture at just 37.7 feet and carrying 45. The others are Miss Lakeland II, Miss Cumbria I, II, III & IV, Silverholme and Westmoreland.
 
None of these are wheelchair accessible. All of the modern launches except Venture, which has no on board facilities, have toilets, heating, refreshments and either licensed bars or alcoholic drinks for sale.
 
You will find the modern launches operating on the “Islands Cruise”
 

Windermere Lake Cruises – Traditional Launches

The Traditional Launch ‘Queen of the Lake’ arriving at Wray Castle pier.
image of the Windermere Lake Cruises The 'Queen of the Lake' arriving at Wray Castle pier in the Lake District
There are 4 traditional launches in the Windermere Lake Cruises fleet and they operate on shorter runs. hopping between landing stages.
 
The launches “Queen of the Lake” and “Princess of the Lake” are just under 50 feet in length and carry up to 84 passengers each. “Muriel II” and “Sunflower” are just under 50 feet in length and carry up to 57 passengers each.
 
None of the traditional launches are wheelchair accessible or have facilities.
 

Windermere Lake Cruises Timetables

Summer timetable to the 28th of October 2018
image of the Windermere Lake Cruises timetable
 

Windermere Lake Cruises Fares 2018

Red Cruise – Bowness to Ambleside Waterhead or vice verse
Return Fares – Adult £11.30 / Child* £6.80 / Family** £32.50
 
Yellow Cruise – Bowness to Lakeside (Newby Bridge) or vice verse
Return Fares – Adult £11.80 / Child* £7.10 / Family** £34.00
 
Freedom of the Lake
Round the lake from any pier. This is valid for 24 hours from time of purchase and is valid on all scheduled sailings including the Islands Cruise and cruises to Brockhole. Entitles free entry to Brockhole.
Fares – Adult £20.80 / Child* £10.40 / Family** £56.50
 
*Child is 5 to 15 years
**Family is 2 adults and up to 3 children
 
Short trips are paid on the boat.

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Contact : Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3HQ. Tel 015394 43360. Grid Ref : NY 377030
 

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