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Posted 2nd July 2020

Ullswater 'Steamers' to sail from July 6; Long-awaited summer timetable published

  • 2020’s summer timetable published
  • Six daily return journeys set to return for the season
  • Glenridding – Aira Force cruise route also returns

The Ullswater ‘Steamers’ summer timetable has been published, covering sailings from Monday 6 July 2020 along the full length of the lake, with the welcome return of a shuttle service between Glenridding and the iconic Aira Force waterfall.

The attraction will operate its fleet of steamers on six daily cruises, with three return journeys departing from Glenridding and three departing from Pooley Bridge seven days a week, which – in accordance with social distancing guidelines – must be booked in advance.

Each cruise will also stop at Howtown, but only to drop off people who wish to go for a walk. Passengers will not be able to board any services from the Howtown pier.

A separate cruise will also operate four shorter, 20 minute return journeys from Glenridding to the National Trust-operated site, Aira Force and back each day, with each cruise named after a fruit or flower for easy booking. While some National Trust properties and sites require forward-booking, Ullswater ‘Steamers’ passengers do not have to book to see the waterfall, only the boat journey itself. The only restriction at Aira Force is for people who wish to use the site’s car park.

Rachel Bell, Head of Marketing & Development for both attractions, says, “We are delighted to finally re launch cruises for visitors on Ullswater after several months of lockdown measures. The Steamers provide an integral link for visitors to the valley, tourism businesses and local communities. We place the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and our people and have been working hard getting everything in-place to ensure our visitors receive a warm welcome. We have strengthened our health and safety routines, the safety of our passengers and staff takes top priority, hence the need to book in advance and for social distancing guidelines to be followed, but we know ‘the new normal’ is being widely respected by visitors and we welcome the return of responsible tourism.”

You can see a welcome video of how Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is working to welcome passengers back, here.

Tickets must be booked online before 9am on the day of intended travel. Full reopening details and answers to frequently asked questions can also be found here, along with a new, downloadable brochure.




Notes to Editors

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Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is a family-owned business that has been operating in the tranquil Ullswater Valley since 1859. Today, the company provides a sustainable and environmentally friendly passenger service, linking some of the most iconic walking routes and views in the Lake District National Park. Ullswater ‘Steamers’ has one of the largest heritage passenger vessel fleets in England, including the oldest working passenger vessel in the world, Lady of the Lake.  In 2019 the ‘Steamer’s will celebrate the 160th anniversary of their first steamer on the water.  The business achievements include Green Tourism Gold, Green at Heart Gold Award, British Coach Tourism Award 2019, winner of Cumbria Tourism Sustainable Tourism 2011 and Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2016. For more information about sustainability

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