Alternative ways to travel to Wray Castle whilst the Windermere Car Ferry is closed
If you were thinking of using the Windermere Car Ferry during your visit, here are a few alternative options to help you plan your trip.
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.
The most direct way to reach us by boat is to arrive at our own jetty, with just a short walk up to the castle's entrance. The Green Cruise is operated by Windermere Lake Cruises, and sailings run throughout the day from Waterhead Pier (Ambleside) and visitors receive 10% discount at the castle shop on single transactions over £10 when they show a boat ticket, valid for that day.
If you're bringing your bike over, hop on the Bike Boat from Brockhole to arrive at Bark Barn and cycle up the lakeshore to the castle. This is a great option if you'd like to factor a bike ride into your day, it's on a well surfaced path the whole way and offers some fantastic views across Windermere. This service is also run by Windermere Lake Cruises.
For visitors looking to walk along the lakeshore path (4 miles) to Claife Viewing Station, Windermere Lake Cruises is running a replacement service for foot passengers who would have usually caught the car ferry. The Cross Lakes Shuttle operates sailings from Ferry House to Bowness jetties daily.