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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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CHILDREN from Patterdale Primary School and Ullswater ‘Steamers’ staff will play their part in history on Monday (March 9th) as they come together to mark Commonwealth Day.

Pupils from the school will ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ on Glenridding Pier at 10am, joining others from around the world as more than 730 flags are raised in 38 countries.

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Award winning Dawn Cruise with Mark Littlejohn

 Award-winning Lake District attraction, Ullswater ‘Steamers’, is offering a unique opportunity to step aboard for an exclusive Dawn Photography Cruise.

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Explore GB 2015

For breath-taking scenery, fascinating history and links to some of the Lake District’s most famous walks, look no further than the award-winning attraction, Ullswater ‘Steamers’. After cruising for more than 150 years on England’s most beautiful lake, the ‘Steamers’ has certainly stood the test of time. But those boats are not standing still.........

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