Cross Lakes Experience

For Bowness, Claife, Hilltop and Hawkshead

The Cross Lakes Experience lets you explore the west shore of Windermere, including Claife Viewing Station, Beatrix Potter's former home of Hilltop and the pretty village of Hawkshead. Connections from the Stagecoach service 505 allow you to reach Coniston Water and the breathtaking countryside between without the car. Try by boat, bus, bike or boot instead!

Prices and timetables

The 2017 service will start on 1st April and will run a daily service of a boat between Bowness and Ferry House, and connecting minibus from Ferry House to Hilltop and Hawkshead.

You can download the timetable, fares and route map here.

When does it run?

1 April - 29 October 2017

Buying tickets

Just hop on at a boat or bus stops. Tickets are available from Windermere Lake Cruises ticket office at Bowness or from the Mountain Goat bus driver.

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

Ideas

  • Boots: You don't have to stick to circular routes! Take the Shuttle and stroll over Claife Heights or catch the bus  from Ferry House to Hilltop then walk back down on the off road path.
  • Bikes: Bike racks on the bus between Ferry House and Hawkshead.
  • 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.
  • Places to visit: Include Beatrix Potter's former home at Hilltop, Claife Viewing Station and the picturesque village of Hawkshead with a range of shops and eateries and the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

More information

Call Mountain Goat on 015394 45161 or Windermere Lake Cruises on 015394 43360 (calls are charged at your operator’s local call rate).

Need holiday accommodation?

Cottage near Coniston - copyright Charlie Hedley

We've cosy holiday cottages, quirky boutique hotels, friendly bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels!

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