Windermere Lake Cruises

Ambleside Waterhead / Bowness-on-Windermere / Lakeside


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.

The steamship ‘Teal’ heading towards Waterhead, Ambleside

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 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.


A Summer Windermere Cruise

The steamship ‘Teal’ approaches Bowness Pier.



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