About Ullswater ‘Steamers’

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award-winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 160 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater. 

The main and original purpose of the ‘Steamers’ was to carry passengers and Royal Mail provisions, slate from nearby mines and lead from the Greenside mine in Glenridding. During WW2, Ullswater ‘Steamers’ even ferried soldiers down to Glenridding for training at Ullswater Hotel, the Lake District.

Today Ullswater ‘Steamers’ operates one of the largest heritage boat fleets in the world, offering visitors an unforgettable experience in the Lake District. Our Ullswater cruises connect to some of the most famous and iconic walking routes in the Lake District National Park, with views of the famous Wordsworth's daffodils on the west shore in spring. 

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ runs a serpentine course for eight miles through expansive vistas of the Lake District’s highest mountains. Our different piers allow for a variety of cruise routes to take place, you can hop on board at:

  • Pooley Bridge pier
  • Howtown pier
  • Aira Force pier
  • Glenridding pier

One of the most popular peaks in the Lake District and at the south-western end of the valley, Helvellyn is the third highest mountain in the Lake District National Park and crowns Ullswater.