How to get here whilst the Windermere Car Ferry is closed

People arrive at Wray Castle by boat

Due to a mechanical fault, the council's Windermere Car Ferry services have currently been suspended until October, but replacement services are running for foot passengers and cyclists.

How do I get to the west shore of Windermere?

Windermere Lake Cruises is helping foot passengers who have been affected by the ferry closure by running additional sailings from Bowness jetties to Ferry House on Windermere’s western shore. From there you can explore this quieter shoreline which includes Claife Viewing Station and Wray Castle, or walk to Hill Top in Near Sawrey, and then on to the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead via a new footpath. Full details and schedule can be found on Windermere Lake Cruises’ website.

If you're bringing your bike, hop on the Bike Boat from Brockhole to arrive at Bark Barn, situated between Claife Viewing Station and Wray Castle. This service is also run by Windermere Lake Cruises.

You can still drive here, we have two small car parks on the shoreline; Ash Landing (LA22 0LP for sat nav) and Harrowslack (LA22 0LR). Please bear in mind that they do get extremely busy during the summer months and tend to fill up quickly - leaving the car behind in Bowness and coming by boat is the easiest option, and a great way to start your adventure too.