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Green Tourism Peoples Choice

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ need your support


Lake District attraction Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is hoping to beat off tens of businesses around the country to take the ‘2014 Green Tourism People’s Choice Award’.

 Won by the company who gets the most public votes before November 6, staff at Ullswater Steamers are asking locals to get behind them to ensure they get the gong.

 The Steamers were automatically nominated for the award after being shortlisted in the Visitor Attraction category of this year’s ‘Green Tourism GoldStar Awards’.

 The awards honour businesses and organisations that have done most to promote sustainability within the industry, by implementing cost-saving practices that help the environment, improve customer service and benefit the bottom line.

 There were more than 2,400 contenders whittled down to just 60 – of which Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is one.


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It's a Monster Bash !

Its the return of the ghostly galleon at Halloween so be prepared for the screams from onboard as the Stu Di Doo magic and his crew get to work on charming this years little monsters. Fancy dress encouraged. The full press release is attached.

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Red Deer Cruises are back !

Visit the beautiful remote valley of Martindale and hear the roar of the Red Deer during a wildlife event not to be missed this October.

Home to the oldest native red deer herd in England, the conservation area on the western shores of Ullswater is the perfect place to catch sight of the Red Deer Rut.

The enchanting competition – which involves the biggest and strongest males in the herd trying to round up the females (hinds) for mating – results in a bellowing echo around the fells as dominance is fought for.

With stunning mountain scenery and gushing waterfalls, the Eden Valley is a wonderful place to be as the autumn colours shine through, and what better excuse to visit than to see one of nature’s amazing sights

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Six in shortlist for national Green Tourism Awards

A TOTAL of six Cumbrian businesses have been shortlisted for this year's coveted Green Tourism Goldstar Awards.

The finalists account for the second highest number from any area of the UK, outside Devon and Cornwall, and include a pub, a guest house, a hostel, two activity centres and a visitor attraction.

They are among 60 UK finalists shortlisted from a total of 2,400 contenders whittled down to make the list of nominations for 13 award categories.

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Family Of Businesses Raises Additional Sums for Nurture Lakeland

 A family of Lake District-based businesses, which has long supported the aims and conservation projects managed by Nurture Lakeland, has now created another means of donating to the responsible tourism organisation’s Visit Give Protect scheme.

Lake District Estates’ businesses, Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and the holiday parks Hill of Oaks (Windermere), Buck Yeats Lodge Park (Newby Bridge), Woodclose Park (Kirkby Lonsdale) and Waterfoot Park (Pooley Bridge) all now offer an online donation opt in button, which allows those booking tickets or holidays to donate an minimum sum of £1 to Nurture Lakeland. With Gift Aid, this can increase to at least £1.25.


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Join a Lake District National Park ranger for a fun and fact-filled cruise on Ullswater


A series of special Ullwater ‘Steamers’ cruises will take place over the summer months to add something a little different to one of the Lake District’s top visitor attractions.

Discover the magical stories associated with the beautiful lake on July 22

nd, when volunteer ranger Howard Simpson will give his ‘Myths and Legends’ talk.

Cruise through the scenic valley as you hear about the most haunted area in Cumbria, learn about the legends of Aira Force and find out where the last fairies were ever seen in 1850.

Howard said: "It gives passengers a different background to all the areas they see as we cruise along. I will talk all the way up the lake and then everyone can take it in and relax on the way back."

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th, learn about the abundance of flora and fauna in the Ullswater ‘Steamers’ environs in the ‘Wildlife’ commentary.

Home to red deer, brown trout, salmon, perch, minnows, red squirrel, Holly Blue butterflies, red-breasted merganser, cormorant and many more species, there is plenty to hear about and look out for.

Fell ponies roam nearby fells whilst lakeshore trails are graced with Bracket Fungus, Wood Cranesbill, Pink Purslane, Wood Sorrell and much more.

Broaden your knowledge of the landscape around you as Geoffrey Cowell outlines how the Lake District mountains were formed between 450 and 370 million years ago in the ‘

Mountains High and Valleys Deep’ cruise on August 19th.

Geoffrey will also talk about the types of fish in the lake, birdlife and the major landmarks passed on the cruise, as well as the trees and woodlands that adorn the beautiful area.

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Grab yourself a money saving deal, make a day of it and discover Ullswater this summer

Save yourself £’s exploring Ullswater this summer 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 the holiday season, 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 strolls, 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 walks 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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Editors Notes


1: For additional information or to arrange a press trip please contact Greg Stephenson on 01539 825060 or e-mail


2: to find out more about Ullswater Steamers visit 


3: To book accommodation in Cumbria – the Lake District, visit 

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Steamers' Birkett Cup Event Will Communicate The Essence of Ullswater


Yachts will be competing for the right to lift the Birkett Cup on July 5, as Ullswater becomes the place to be for sailing action and enjoyment.


To help spectators get closer to the action on the water, Ullswater Steamers is organising a special boat charter for which tickets are available.  For £20 for an adult and £10 for a child, people can enjoy the racing action from the top deck of one of the Steamers’ vessels and also raise a toast with a glass of cava or squash.


The Birkett Cup is part of Ullswater’s rich historical story, being named in memory of Lord Birkett, who foiled the attempts of the Manchester Corporation to turn Ullswater into a reservoir 52 years ago.


Typically, over 200 vessels compete in the regatta, creating a unique atmosphere amidst some of England’s most stunning scenery.  The Birkett Cup consists of two races, which cover the entire 9-mile length of the lake, so there’s excitement all around Ullswater on the day.


The special Ullswater ‘Steamers’ service leaves Pooley Bridge, at the northern end of the lake, at 12.30pm.  It returns to Pooley Bridge at around 3.30pm. 


Ullswater ‘Steamers’ marketing manager, Rachel Bell, says: “This event really encompasses all that is special about Ullswater – scenery, boats on the lake, heritage and passion.  We hope to allow some people who have never seen the Birkett Cup to get a taste for all these elements during their day with us.”


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From national champions to novices, sailors from all over the country will descend on Ullswater next month for the 52nd annual Lord Birkett Cup Trophy Race.


Held to commemorate the ‘Lakes’ Great Advocate’, Lord William Norman Birkett, the event was rated number eight in the top 50 ‘must do’ sailing regattas, and will this year form one of just five national events in the Garmin Summer Series 2014.


Taking place over the weekend of July 5th and 6th, more than 200 sailing boats will battle it out in two races to take home not only the Birkett silver salver but a Garmin VRIB Elite action camera.


And you can experience some of the excitement at close hand on the water with a trip on the Ullswater ‘Steamers’ MV Raven, on Saturday 5th July. There will even be an on-board raffle to win some fantastic prizes!


Group marketing and events manager, Rachel Bell, said: “The event is a fantastic, and the largest of its kind in the north of England. It brings a lot of interest and if you want to see the race as a spectator the best place to be is on an Ullswater Steamer, where you can be at the heart of the action whilst sipping a glass of cava. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.”


Visitors to Ullswater owe a huge debt of gratitude to Lord Birkett, who was the 1st Baron Birkett of Ulverston, born in the town in 1883.


A devoted Cumbrian, it was his role in the House of Lords which helped saved the stunning Ullswater for future generations, after the Manchester Corporation Waterworks Department promoted a parliamentary bill to turn it into a reservoir.


Knowing that this would have been a disaster for the area, Lord Birkett started a robust campaign to fight the plans and made a heartfelt speech in the House of Lords on February 8th 1962, condemning the bill.


The bill was defeated and as a direct consequence of the intervention, we are still able to enjoy a multitude of activities on what has been called ‘England’s most beautiful lake’.


Sadly Lord Birkett died two days after his speech, and to commemorate him and his success the first Cup Trophy Race was sailed in 1963.


Competitors in the event, which is held by Ullswater Yacht Club, will race down the lake, past the Lord Birkett memorial plaque on Kailpot Crag, round an island at the southern end and back. They do this on Saturday and Sunday, with both races to count.


The Lord Birkett Cup is open to all monohulls with a recognised handicap rating and organisers.


Those taking part are welcome at the club from July 4th and there will be food all weekend, evening entertainment and plenty of rooms for tents and campervans on the ‘Birkett’ field.



-       To join Ullswater ‘Steamer’s and watch the famous race from the upper deck, booking in advance is required. Visit 017684 82229.

-       Ticket price is £20 per adult, which includes a complimentary glass of cava, and £10 per child, with a glass of squash included.

-       The boat departs Pooley Bridge Pier at 12.30pm on Saturday 5th July, to return at 3.30pm.

Ullswater ‘Steamer’, Lady of the Lake, believed to be the oldest passenger vessel in the world, will be gently lowered back on to Ullswater next week, following a six-month break away from the lake for a refit.


The popular boat, which can carry up to 220 passengers, has been greatly missed on the waters of England’s most beautiful lake, but has made it back to her home looking brighter and better than ever before.

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