Cross Lakes Experience

For Bowness, Hawkshead, Coniston and Grizedale

The Cross Lakes Experience lets you explore Windermere, Coniston Water and the breathtaking countryside between without the car. Try by boat, bus, bike or boot instead!

Prices and timetables

Cross Lakes Experience leaflet (PDF)

When does it run?

5 April - 2 November 2014

Buying tickets

Just hop on at a boat or bus stops - you can even bring your bike. Tickets are available from Windermere Lake Cruises ticket office at Bowness, on board Coniston Launch or from the Mountain Goat bus driver.

Child fares are for 15 years and under. Children aged 4 years and under travel free.


Bicycles are carried free across Windermere. Cost is £1 on buses and £1 on Coniston Launch.


  • Boots: You don't have to stick to circular routes! Take the Shuttle and stroll over Claife Heights or walk the shores of Coniston Water. For a tour of spectacular Tarn Hows, get off the bus at High Cross and take the footpath north for 3/4 mile, passing Wharton Tarn on the way. You can also check out the Miles Without Stiles route: Tarn Hows
  • Bikes: Bike racks on the bus between Bowness and Grizedale, and on both Cross-Shuttle boats will help you on your way.
  • Boats: Want to relax? Take a gentle ride on one of our traditional wooden launches - the scenery is breathtaking!
  • Bus: You can start from any of the stops shown. We've highlighted some of the easier cycling and walking routes in the area on our leaflet, together with places to visit.

More information

Call Mountain Goat on 015394 48600 or Stagecoach on 0871 200 22 33 (calls are charged at your operator’s local call rate).

Interactive map

Cross Lakes Shuttle interactive map (opens in new window)

Please note: You will need to have Shockwave Flash installed on your computer to see the map. The 360 degree images are no longer available.

How you can help

This project is delivered in partnership with the charity Nurture Lakeland. They work with visitors and tourism-related businesses to fundraise for local conservation projects and to promote environmentally sustainable tourism.

Please help by buying a virtual gift or making a donation (opens in new window).

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Cottage near Coniston - copyright Charlie Hedley

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