THE Windermere Ferry will be out of service for three weeks from Monday, March 4.

The Mallard, which can carry 15 cars and more than 100 passengers on the ferry between Bowness and Far Sawrey, is to be taken out of the water for its five-yearly refit and full inspection.

Cumbria County Council, which operates the service, said it was anticipated the ferry will be back in operation from Monday, March 25.


The inspection is a requirement of the licence provided by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency which enables the ferry to operate.

“We recognise that the ferry being out of service creates an inconvenience for the many people – locals and visitors alike – who use it," said Cllr Keith Little, CCC cabinet member for Highways and Transport.

"The five-yearly inspection and refit is essential work that will ensure the ferry is in top condition ahead of the busy summer season.”