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Fun Filled Days Out to fill the Calendar

We’ve seen teddy bears of all shapes and sizes so far this Easter, at both the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and Ullswater ‘Steamers’, but that doesn’t mean we don’t wish to see more.


Teddies old, new, much-hugged and very smart have all been boarding our trains and boats with their young owners, because right up to April 24, children aged 5-15 can travel free on our trains or boats, if they bring their teddy along.


Children under 5 travel free anyway, so this means we’ve lots of children enjoying both attractions with their parents and grandparents.


Our mascots, La’al Ratty and Sammy the Squirrel, have been adding to the fun, so if you too wish to meet them, tell your parents to spruce up your teddy and head along to one of our stations or piers.  You can find out how to reach us at www.ravenglass-railway and www.ullswater-steamers


But if you can’t make it during these holidays, we also have our Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Family Fun Weekend coming up between May 3 and May 5 and that’s absolutely packed with things to do.   It’s not many weeks off now, so put it in your diary!


There will be engines on display, circus skills, guided waterfall walks, face painting, a line panel quiz, the Bay Radio Roadshow (live on the 3rd), mountain bike hire, pony and trap rids, owls, Roman enactments, story reading and author book signing and charities with stands  and activities.  Add to that a lot of mascot action, with La’al, Sammy, Max Meadowvole and Bay Radio Bear and it’s lots of fun for everyone.


There’s no need to stay cooped up inside when we’ve so much to see and do, so make a beeline for either the Railway or the Steamers and have a great day out.

Easter Sunday Steamer Walk should prove popular.

Walkers looking for something different to do over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend can take a blissful Easter Sunday walk that also combines a cruise on stunning Ullswater.


The 2014 ‘Steamer Walks’ are back for the season and April 20 will see a group led by a Lake District National Park ranger first cruising to Howtown from Glenridding and then walking back under the guidance of the ranger to their starting point.


The walk will take participants over the summit of Place Fell and Boredale House and will be around eight miles long.  Around seven hours needs to be allocated for this fabulous day out and suitable footwear, such as walking boots, is essential along with windproof and waterproof clothing. 


Participants should also bring a packed lunch and enough money for the Steamer fare, which is £6.30 for an adult and £3.15 for a child.


Ullswater ‘Steamers’ marketing manager, Rachel Bell, says: “We have a whole programme of ‘Steamer Walks’ running across the next few months, so keen walkers can explore new terrain under the expert guidance of a Lake District National Park ranger.  This should encourage many people to get active and get out into the fresh air, enjoying breathtaking views both on the lake and on the fells around it.


“This is the time of year to see Wordsworth’s famous daffodils out around the lake, so we are expecting a good turn out this weekend.”


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A cruise on the beautiful Ullswater will be a tempting add-on for passengers travelling on the iconic ‘Fellsman’ steam train this summer.

On June 11, 18 and 25 you will get the chance to experience the thrill of travelling over the 24-arched Ribblehead Viaduct – a true masterpiece of Victorian engineering.

Departing from Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Clitheroe and Long Preston (near Settle), the steam hauled locomotive will be chosen from the historic pool of engines based at Carnforth, including the LMS Royal Scot 46115 ‘Scots Guardsman’.

With limestone peaks and deep valleys, the legendary journey that takes you through the remote regions of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines really is England’s most scenic railway. This is a rich landscape bursting with flora and fauna, with dappled woodland and gentle river valleys, replete with wild red deer and wheeling peregrines, all dominated by the high rolling Pennine Fells – a true Eden.

And to continue your picturesque day out you can opt for a classic coach tour and Ullswater ‘Steamers’ cruise for £22, offering a chance to explore the Lake District’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater, nestling below Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain, for a spectacular hour long cruise.

Nothing could be better than recapturing the romance of steam and combining it with the nostalgia of a classic coach journey rounded off with the serenity of a cruise on England’s most beautiful lake Ullswater – a day to remember and a day to cherish.

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Grab yourself a money saving deal, make a day of it and discover Ullswater in 2014


Save yourself £’s exploring Ullswater in 2014 with a combined train, bus and boat ticket.


Ullswater Steamers’ one of the Lake District’s top visitor attractions has teamed up with First TransPennine Express and Stagecoach to bring you an exclusive train/bus/boat saver ticket for 2014, saving you a fantastic fiver compared to buying individual tickets.


So now you have no excuses whether you like mountain hikes or a gentle lakeshore stroll, there are a variety of spectacular walking routes in the Ullswater Valley just waiting to be explored.


You could explore the fabulous 70ft tumbling cascade of Aira Force waterfalls or take in the sight of one of the last remaining wild Red Deer herds in England as they roam free on Place Fell


The ‘Steamer Routes’ connect to some of the very best and most famous so whether you decide to walk in the footsteps of the Romans or discover the secrets of Martindale, we promise you won’t be disappointed!


This means you can experience the calm boating experience, take in the picture-postcard views and abundance of wildlife, reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy great savings while travelling too.


Saving £’s on a day out to discover Ullswater couldn’t be simpler!


Just ask for the ‘Ullswater Bus Boat’ ticket if buying from a station. Tick the Ullswater logo within the ‘additional options’ section when booking at


The discounted combined 'Ullswater bus and lake cruise ticket' must be bought at the same time as your train travel to Penrith. Buy from any manned railway station or at


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Mascots To Offer Sweet Treats In Carlisle Shopping Complex

Two very special and loveable characters will be visiting The Lanes, Carlisle on Friday April 11 and making sure children who bring their own huggable friend along get some special treats. Mascots La’al Ratty (Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway) and Sammy the Squirrel (Ullswater Steamers), will both be in The Lanes, armed with lovely Haribo sweets to give away to children who bring their teddy bear along to say hello between 11am and 3 pm

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Get Home before your postcard !

Award-winning Ullswater Steamers has launched a new app which allows passengers to send a free picturesque postcard from their mobile as they enjoy one of the award-winning cruises across the water. Just choose from one of the breath-taking photographs supplied, type in your message and the recipient’s email address and it will be with them in the click of a button. Available on iPhone and Android, the app also provides audio commentary with music and sound effects to enlighten cruisers and teach them about the fascinating heritage the area holds.

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Fastest Birds on the Planet !

Ullswater Steamers has teamed up with the RSPB for a special cruise on which you can look to the skies in search of the peregrine falcon, while trying not to miss the spectacular birds, which may appear on the water. The ‘Water, Predator and Heathland Birds Cruise’ will sail from the pretty Lakeland village of Glenridding on May 17th at 9.45am. You will pass ancient woodlands, fells and islands, which provide habitat for some of England’s rarest species of flora and fauna, such as the red breasted merganser, the nuthatch and otters.


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Lake District Visitor Attractions Awarded Two Prestigious Commonwealth Flags

Two Lake District visitor attractions are going to be part of history in the making on Monday March 10, when Commonwealth Day is marked by the raising of 500 Commonwealth flags around theUKand in theChannel Islandsand Isle of Man.


Both Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway have been honoured by being awarded flags to raise as part of this remarkable expression of commitment to the Commonwealth and its values.  They are the only visitor attractions inCumbriato have been directly awarded a flag.


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A popular Lake District tourist attraction has once again helped the RSPB to give nature a home by raising £600 for the nature conservation charity.

For a fifth successful year, Ullswater Steamers teamed up with the RSPB to hold a series of wildlife-themed cruises in 2013.

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

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Press Pack Consumer 2014

New year and lots of new news. Check out the latest consumer gossip right here !

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