at Ullswater 'Steamers'
Posted 11th July 2014
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."
On August 5
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.