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Windermere Ferry
Lake District  
The very nature of England’s Lake District involves a lot of driving around beautiful lakes and over narrow winding passes.  For example, to get from the busy commercial centres on Windermere’s eastern shore to the quiet and beautiful scenery on the western shore requires a road journey of approximately 15 miles (24 km).
A much easier and quicker route is to take the Windermere Ferry from Ferry Nab, Bowness to Ferry House, Far Sawrey.  This crossing is considered part of the B5285 road and regular services run all year except 25 & 26 December.  The ferry transports vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles, and horses.
Ferries depart every 20 minutes, commencing at 06:50 and finishing at 21:50 on weekedays.  The Sunday timetable varies slightly. The trip takes approximately 10 minutes.
Fares & Timetable
Private vehicles are charged per vehicle with the driver and passengers travelling free. For current operating timetable go to the Windermere Ferry Website below.
You will notice that if you are planning to use this route regularly, purchasing a book of tickets is well worth considering.
Summer Minibus Service Service 525
In the summer months there is a minibus service between Ferry House and Hawkshead Village, calling in at Beatrix Potter's Hill Top home at Near Sawrey. Minibus timetable & fares are detailed in the Ferry timetable on the Ferry website below. A great way to visit Beatrix Potter's home and enjoy the scenery without all the hassle of driving.
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Contact & Further Information
Further information can be obtained from Cumbria Highways, Highways Network Management, Environment, Barras Lane, Dalston, Carlisle CA5 7NY.
Telephone   +44 (0)8456 096 609
Ferry Leaves from:
- Bowness     
Ferry terminus is where the B5284 meets Lake Windermere. Line up on road behind stop sign.
- Far Sawrey 
Ferry terminus is where the B5285 meets Lake Windermere. Line up on road behind stop sign.
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