Lake cruises on England’s most beautiful lake

Welcome to the Ullswater 'Steamers'


Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake. Operating one of the largest heritage vessel fleets in the world, offering visitors an experience they will never forget for 363 days a year. Read more Cruises connect to some of the most famous and iconic walking routes in the National Park, with views of Wordsworth's Daffodils on the west shore in Spring. Excellent facilities onboard include open deck and covered upper deck seating areas in addition to covered downstairs saloons, licensed bars and toilets. Excellent facilities also located at the Pier Houses including free Wi-Fi.

Ullswater runs a serpentine course for eight miles through expansive vistas of Lakeland’s highest mountains. Helvellyn at 3,117ft (950m) crowns Ullswater, at the South-Western end of the valley, standing on a mighty plateau approximately 9 miles (14.5km) in length and 4.5 miles (7km) wide. The ‘Steamers’ operate an all year service with varying timetable connections between Glenridding, Howtown, Pooley Bridge Piers and between Glenridding and National Trust Aira Force Pier. Cruise times vary from 20 – 120 minutes.
 

Cumbria Tourism Awards 2016, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Winner Enjoy England, Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Green tourism gold World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015, with responsibletravel.com, Best Sea or River Cruise Gold

Pooley Bridge Pier

Cycling History Amazing Views

The pretty Lakeland village of Pooley Bridge was once an important fishing trading area with its origins dating back to 16th Century.

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Next Stop: Howtown Pier
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Howtown Pier

The start of the famous lakeshore walk to Glenridding and gateway to the valley of Martindale, home to the only wild Red Deer herd in the UK.

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Heritage Walking Wildlife
Next Stop: Glenridding Pier
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Glenridding Pier

A former mining village and gateway to Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain, and now linked by a new footpath to National Trust Aira Force Waterfall.

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Next Stop: Aira Force Waterfall
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Aira Force Waterfall

The latest pier connecting National Trust waterfall Aira Force and the lakeshore path back to Glenridding. Look out for Red Squirrels and Wordsworth’s famous daffodils at Glencoyne Bay.

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Wildlife Nature Waterfall
Next Stop: Groups & Charters
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Groups & Charters

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ have five heritage vessels in service available to hire for private charters, suitable for celebrations and corporate entertainment. Group rates apply to prebooked groups of ten or more persons. Please visit our private charter and group pages for more information on fares, itinerary ideas and brochures.

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