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. The timetable is here.

When does it run?

1 April - 29 October 2017

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

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Cottage near Coniston - copyright Charlie Hedley

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