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Windermere ferry

Continuing a tradition

About the Windermere Ferry

The Windermere Ferry has been operating for more than 500 years. The original craft were rowed across the lake, later ferries were steam driven and the most recent ones have had diesel engines. The current ferry 'Mallard' is the largest so far; a modern craft which carries up to 18 cars and over 100 passengers.

The ferry takes people, vehicles, horses and cycles across the lake, reducing traffic on the surrounding narrow roads and easing congestion and pollution. It also links the busy eastern shore of the lake and the peaceful countryside between Windermere and Coniston on the west, where there are many attractions and facilities for walking, riding and cycling.

In the summer months there is a minibus service between Ferry House and Hawkshead, calling at Beatrix Potter's Hilltop House. The ferry offers the opportunity to leave the car behind, cross the lake on foot and catch the bus, relaxing all the while and enjoying the scenery while someone else does all the work.

For further information on the Windermere ferry contact:

betterhighways.southlakeland@cumbria.gov.uk

Departure times from Ferry Nab, Bowness
Summer (British Summer Time) Winter (Greenwich Mean Time)
 Last Sunday in March - Last Saturday in October Last Sunday in October - Last Saturday in March
Mon-Sat - Departs Bowness 06:50 Last crossing from Bowness to Sawrey 21:50 Last crossing from Sawrey to Bowness 22:00Mon-Sat - Departs Bowness 06:50 last crossing from Bowness to Sawrey 20:50 Last crossing from Sawrey to Bowness 21:00
Sunday - Departs Bowness 08:50 Last crossing from Bowness to Sawrey 21:50 Last crossing from Sawrey to Bowness 22:00Sunday - Departs Bowness 09:50 Last crossing from Bowness to Sawrey 20:50 Last crossing from Sawrey to Bowness 21:00
Schedule of Fares
Schedule of Fares Single £ Book of 20 Tickets £ Annual Contract £ Quarterley Contract £
Pedestrian0.505.0030.00-
Pedal Cycle (Including cyclists)1.0010.0030.00-
Moped, Motorcycle, Horse1.6016.0060.00-
All private vehicles and light goods vehicles up to 1.5 tonnes weight and up to 15ft (4.6m) long4.4044.00150.0040.00
Caravan, trailer4.4044.00150.0040.00
Goods vehicle from 1.5 to 8 tonnes weight (max) and up to 26ft (8m) long (max)7.8078.00265.0070.00
Minibus or coach with up to 16 passenger seats7.8078.00265.0070.00
Minibus or Coach with more than 16 passenger seats up to 8 tonnes weight (max) and up to 26ft (8m) long (max)16.30163.00750.00190.00

 

We try to operate a 30 min crossing but stoppages/delays such as slow loading/unloading and adverse weather/emergency services means we cannot guarantee the 30 min window. Shorter hours on January 1st. Blue badge holders who display a badge travel for free along with emergency services showing blue lights.

Contracts and discount books are available from County Hall or by phoning 0300 303 2992. 

See live images of the Windermere car ferry from the west side of the lake, courtesy of the Freshwater Biological Association.

Windermere ferry webcam