Bowness-on-Windermere is the main tourist centre for the South Lakes area of Lake District National Park.It lies within The Historic County Boundaries of Westmorland.

Lake Windermere at Bowness.

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“Windermere ought to be seen both from its shores and from its surface. None of the other Lakes unfold so many fresh beauties to him who sails upon them. This is owing to its greater size, to the islands, and to its having two vales at the head, with their accompanying mountains of near equal dignity. Nor can the grandeur of these terminations be seen at once from any point, except from the bosom of the Lake.” – William Wordsworth in Guide to the Lakes.

It is about a mile from the Windermere railway station which links to Oxenholme (near Kendal) on the west coast main line. One can walk, if one likes, from Windermere station to Bowness. Alternatively, buses are available every 20 minutes from the railway station to the ferry jetty. Taxis are also available. If there is a group of 4-5 people, taxis may be economically more viable, because buses would cost almost as much.

A car ferry operates daily (except 25, 26 Dec) from Far Sawrey, running approximately every 20 minutes between 06:50 and 20:50 Mon-Sat, starting at 09:10 on Sun and with later sailings in summer. Cars £4.20, pedestrians 50p.

Map of Bowness-on-Windermere

  • The main attraction of Bowness-on-Windermere is the ferry. The most popular and widely used service is from Bowness-on-Windermere to Ambleside. The ferry trip is an experience of a lifetime, offering a faboulous ride across a wonderful lake. Tickets are available for an one-way trip or a return trip. Some people prefer to return by ferry, others move ahead from Ambleside to other places such as Rydal Mount, Grasmere, or Keswick, or even return from Ambleside to either Bowness-on-Windermere or Windermere town by bus or taxi. There are a number of other ferry trips.
  • Bowness Taxis, 1 Lake Road, Bowness-On-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3AP, Telephone +44 15394 46664.
  • Abacus Taxis, +44 15394 88285. 

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