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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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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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Important information about Windermere Car Ferry

Due to fire damage earlier this summer, the Windermere car ferry is currently out of service. While this is the case, there are a number of different options for travelling both ways across the lake and beyond:

Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises have made some changes to their crossing times in anticipation of increased visitor numbers during the school holiday period. The changes come in to effect from Saturday 21 July.

The county council has placed additional signage either side of the ferry to advise of the new and additional crossing times, and highlighted the change in service provision for cyclists and pedestrians.

Details of crossing times:



Windermere Lake Cruises operate a pedestrian vessel from Bowness to Ferry House at the following times:

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

The crossing takes approx 15 minutes and departs from Pier 3 on Bowness Promenade.

This vessel is for pedestrians only and cannot accommodate cycles.

Windermere Lake Cruises operate a bike-friendly vessel from Brockhole to Bark Barn (2 miles north of Ferry House) at the following times:
10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 11.45, 14.00, 14.30, 15.45, 16.15, 16.45
The crossing takes approx 15 minutes and departs from Brockhole Pier in the grounds of the Brockhole Visitor Centre.
This vessel can accommodate cycles and pedestrians, cyclists will be given priority.


Windermere Lake Cruises operate a pedestrian vessel from Ferry House to Bowness at the following times-

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

The crossing takes approx 15 minutes and departs from the stone jetty.

This vessel is for pedestrians only and cannot accommodate cycles.

Windermere Lake Cruises operates a bike friendly vessel from Bark Barn to Brockhole Visitor Centre at the following times:

10.30, 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 14.15, 14.45, 16.00, 16.30

The crossing takes approx. 15 minutes.

For more information about Windermere Lake Cruises services please telephone 015394 43360 or visit

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 places on their holiday itinerary.

They are essential “must visit” destinations and the extra effort you make to get there will be well worth it.

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

There are a number of additional signs positioned on routes around the lake to alert people to diversions and alternative routes.

Windermere Ferry signs

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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