Windermere Lake Cruises
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Hole in T' Wall
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Windermere Lake Cruises information
Since the launch of the first passenger ferry in 1845, cruising has been an essential part of every Windermere itinerary. Some of the vessels are modern, but there are a couple of period beauties dating back to the 1930s. All cruises allow you to disembark as you please and catch a later ferry back.
There are various colour-coded cruise options available. The Freedom of the Lake ticket (adult/child/family £18.50/9.25/50) remains valid all day, and allows unlimited travel on all routes.
The Blue Cruise (adult/child/family £7.50/3.80/20) is a 45-minute circular cruise around Windermere's shoreline and islands. The north-lake Red Cruise (adult/child/family £10/6/29) goes from Bowness to Ambleside, while the south-lake Yellow Cruise (adult/child/family £10.50/6.30/30) heads down to Lakeside and the Lakes Aquarium.
Running in summer only, the Green Cruise (adult/child/family £7.50/3.80/20) takes in Waterhead/Ambleside via Wray Castle and Brockhole Visitor Centre. For a quick cross-lake dash, the Bowness to Ferry House (adult/child/family £2.70/1.60/7.60) service links up with buses to Hill Top and Hawkshead. Seasonal twilight cruises are also available.
If you're visiting other local attractions such as the Lakeland Motor Museum and the Lakes Aquarium, look out for combination tickets.