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Discover the astounding stories associated with this area’s rich and vibrant past. On the 04th August, embark on the ‘History and Heritage’ cruise and hear tales of rambling Roman’s, the tragic tale of Emma and Sir Eglamore of Aira Force, tales of the Kings of nearby Mardale and the White Monks of Shap.

Or join the ‘Wildlife’ cruise on 18th August and learn about the abundance of flora and fauna surrounding the lake. Hear about an ancient hunting ground, home to the largest wild red deer herd in England, see the rich habitats sheltering our native red squirrel, and observe the lofty crags, home to Peregrines and even a solitary Golden Eagle. 

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One special ticket - three great days out

The summer Holidays are always a difficult time to stick to a budget, you want to make the most of the time off with your kids, push the boat out a little and create some special memories together, but days out to their favourite attractions don't come cheap.

With that in mind three top Lake District attractions have teamed up to offer three great days out and save you some money this summer by creating a triple attraction ticket . This money saving offer gives you access to the historic gardens at Dalemain, the castle and gardens at Lowther and a range of cruises with Ullswater Steamers. 

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Two records smashed 60 years ago on Ullswater

Sixty years ago, on 23 July, 1955, Donald Campbell achieved two historic milestones on Ullswater.

He set a new World Water Speed Record (WWSR) and broke the 200mph barrier on water.

Here began a long record breaking relationship with his jet boat Bluebird K7, the world’s first all metal jet-powered hydroplane, originally powered by a Metropolitan-Vickers Beryl jet engine! 

K7 went on to help Campbell set seven world water-speed records between 1955 and 1964. The very first of which he broke on a summer’s day on Ullswater more than half a century ago, achieving a speed of 202.32 mph (325.60 km/h).

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Giving nature a home

Lakes tourist attraction helps to give nature a home with £884.75 donation for RSPB

A popular Lake District tourism business has once again helped the RSPB to give nature a home by raising £884.75 for the nature conservation charity.

For a sixth successful year, Ullswater Steamers worked in partnership with the RSPB to hold a series of wildlife-themed cruises in 2014.

One of the most popular events, the Red Deer Rut Cruise, offered people the chance watch the rut, when stags compete for supremacy. Wildlife experts from the RSPB joined participants for the cruise and shared information about the wildlife and birds on the lake, before accompanying people to the head of Martindale Valley to see the red deer up close.

Each of the wildlife-themed events raised money for the RSPB, which has launched its Giving Nature a Home campaign to help tackle the crisis facing UK’s threatened wildlife.

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VisitBritain CEO visits new facilities at Aira Force

On Wednesday (20th May) Ullswater Steamers, the National Trust and a range of other partners were pleased to welcome Sally Balcombe, the Chief Executive of Visit Britain to Ullswater in the Lake District.

Sally heard about the extensive work that has been undertaken at both Aira Green and Aira Force to enhance the visitor offer for both the domestic and international visitor markets.

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Spring Walking

Head out for an inspiring wander in the stunning Ullswater valley this half-term…

The Ullswater valley is beautiful all year round but when the lambs are gambolling about in the fields, the trees are blossoming and spring has truly sprung, the sights are truly spectacular.

To make the best of the stunning scenery, why not take a cruise on an Ullswater ‘Steamer’ and combine it with some of the most famous walks in the Lake District?

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New Pier on Ullswater

From this May, a new lakeside jetty will provide passengers with an extra stopping point on the beautiful shores of Ullswater . 

Starting from Glenridding pier, passengers will sail in style to a new stop at Aira Green.

The new 46-metre long timber jetty is the first new stopping point on Ullswater for more than 50 years and a new boardwalk has been built at Aira Green to help passengers disembark.

The new pier is a joint project between the National Trust, which owns and manages the area around Aira Force, and Ullswater ‘Steamers’ creating a new stopping off point for the steamers, near to one of Ullswater’s most visited attractions, Aira Force, which receives 250,000 visitors a year.

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See More - With additional evening cruises on Ullswater

Ullswater 'Steamers' are please to announce extra evening sailing from Pooley Bridge to Howtown and back.  The all new service has been part funded by See More Cumbria and the Lake District and provides even more opportunities for visitors and residents alike to enjoy a relaxing cruise or later evening walk in the beautiful Ullswater Valley.

The new sailings will run for a period of 15 weeks on Thursday evenings from 28th May until 3rd September.  Cruises will leave Pooley Bridge at 6.30pm, arriving at Howtown at 7pm.  Returning to Pooley Bridge for 7.30pm.

See More Cumbria and the Lake District is a new programme of work designed to maximise the economic benefit of sustainable travel to key visitor destinations within Cumbria.

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Ullswater ‘Steamers’ are offering free travel to children this Easter (April 3rd – 16th) when they take along their teddy bear to share the cruise experience.

The award-winning attraction is championing the #teddyfest event which will also see prizes given out for the best dressed bear and the most spectacular ‘bears eye view’ in a social media competition.

#teddyfest will be launched by Appleby Manor’s very own ‘Ted’, at 10.45am, Pooley Bridge Pier on April 3rd.

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Howtown Pier facelift will be welcomed by walkers

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ can now stop at Howtown Pier during high water levels thanks to an £18,000 investment. 

The pier has undergone a lift of almost 2ft to make it the same height as both Pooley Bridge and Glenridding Piers.


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