Windermere’s Bike Boat Returns For The Summer

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Fancy a Lake District mountain bike adventure with a bit of a difference? Doing a bit of east-west adventuring by bike and need a short cut across Lake Windermere? Left the family, shopping in Windermere for a few hours and fancy a lap of Grizedale? Or just want to be a bit contrary and do a bike ride that involves a boat? Well, we have some good news for you for the summer.

windermere bike boat
Time to set sail! And is that a classic Superlight? Nice!

The popular ‘Bike Boat’ scheme offered by Windermere Lake Cruises will return to operating a daily service from Saturday 20 July 2019, running eight crossings each-way throughout the summer school holiday period.

While foot passengers are welcome to use the cycle-friendly service, priority will be given to cyclists for each crossing.

Crossing between Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre on the eastern side of Windermere and Bark Barn jetty on the traffic-free western shore of the lake – accessed by the Wray Castle/Ferry House bridleway, the Bike Boat will operate seven days a week until September 1st.

Single tickets are £3.60, with a return costing £6 for adults, or £3.60/£2.22 for children. Family tickets are also available.

Single and return tickets are available.

bike boat
All aboard!

Details are online at Although you can’t buy tickets online, you just pay at the ferry jetty.

Bikes are also welcome on other boats for an extra £1, although foot passengers take priority on those services.

Time for a bit of a bike/boat adventure perhaps? The route opens up several east/west routes – from the likes of Kentmere and Staveley in the east, over to Hawkshead and the trails at Grizedale forest, without having to navigate the tourist throng of Ambleside. Or you could park at Grizedale, do some hot laps of the forest and then head east for some ‘proper’ mountain adventures over towards Kentmere or Troutbeck.

Obviously, packrafters may have other ideas 🙂

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Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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