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If you are travelling to Cumbria, let us help you with some useful information to help you get here and travel around the county.

There are plenty of ways to explore the Cumbria and the Lake District, whether by car or making the most of the great public transport network, take in the spectacular views and enjoy travelling around our region.

Travel at your leisure. Admire unforgettable views from a train or an open-top bus, get close to the landscapes by boat, by bike on foot, or even by electric car. Savour every moment. Make every journey count.

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Getting to Cumbria

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For the latest traffic and travel information in and around Cumbria, please click the link below to get real-time details of traffic and travel around the county from the Cumbria Constabulary website.

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Getting Around Cumbria

Important information about Windermere Car FerryDue to fire damage earlier this summer, the Windermere Car Ferry (operated by Cumbria County Council) is currently out of service.

A similar route to the car ferry is available for foot passengers and some bikes on Windermere Lake Cruises’ Cross Lakes Shuttle service. This service departs from Bowness Pier 3 on the promenade, near the village centre and Ferry House, next to the original car ferry pier.

(24 March – 28 October 2018)

Bowness departures (East shore) - journey time is 15 minutes

• 10.00, 10.40, 11.20, 12.00, 12.40, 14.00, 14.40, 15.20, 16.00, 16.40

Ferry House departures (West shore) - journey time is 15 minutes

• 10.20, 11.00, 11.40, 12.20, 13.00, 14.20, 15.00, 15.40, 16.20, 17.00


Return fare: Adults: £5.20 | Children: £3.10 | Family: £15 | Local Resident Card Holders: £1 | Car Ferry Season Ticket Holders: FREE

Single fare: Adults: £3 | Children: £1.80 | Family: £8.70 | Local Resident Card Holders: 50p | Car Ferry Season Ticket Holders: FREE

Important & further information

• Local Resident Cards are free for anyone living in the LA/CA postcode areas

• A maximum of 4 bikes is allowed on each crossing and costs £1 extra per crossing

• Dogs travel free

• Boats connect with Mountain Goat Services at Ferry House for services to/from Hill Top (Beatrix Potter’s former home) and Hawkshead village.

• See for more information.


Mountain Goat
A number of services are available from Mountain Goat, including the 525 Cross Lakes Experience, connecting Bowness to Hilltop Farm and on to Hawkshead. For more information on this service, please see the Mountain Goat website.

Hawkshead, Grizedale and surrounding areas

Despite the current ferry issues making getting to Hawkshead, Grizedale and surrounding areas more challenging at present, Cumbria Tourism strongly urges visitors to keep these "must visit" places on their holiday itinerary.

Cumbria Tourism and local businesses really appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you to the west side of the lake soon!


Getting Around the County

There are so many ways to explore the county, you will find you are spoilt for choice.

For a truly memorable day out be car free and carefree and take a scenic bus journey, relax on a traditional steamboat, experience the delights of a steam train or get a taste of the future in a Renault Twizy!

For information on car parking around the county of Cumbria, please visit or car parking page.

 Electric Car Hire

Low emission Car Hire from Co Wheels is available to pick up from Oxenholme Station, Carlisle, Penrith & Windermere making it easy to explore all that Cumbria has to offer. View the video below to see how easy it is and click the 'low emission Car Hire' link above to book.

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