Lake cruises on England’s most beautiful lake
Walking & Cycling

with Ullswater 'Steamers'



There are miles of bridleways linked to 'Steamer Routes' that cater for all abilities from the might of Helvellyn Mountain range at the Southern Reach with some of Wainwright’s most famous walks such as Striding Edge to the remote valley of Martindale which offers access to an expanse of seldom-walked fells. The most spectacular and famous walking routes can be found here including the seven mile lakeshore walk between Howtown and  Glenridding, Hallin Fell affording spectacular views over ‘Ullswater, or the family friendly footpath between National Trust Aira Force and Glenridding. The waymarked Ullswater Way is a 20 mile round the lake footpath that links all four piers. A great opportunity to take in all the sights that Ullswater has to offer over a course of a few days. 

Below is a small selection of 'Steamer' Routes for you to investigate. A more detailed guide of each of these walks and lots of other walking routes can be purchased from our Pier Houses or gift shop in Pooley Bridge village. 

Always check the Weather Forecast and cruise times on the day and take plenty of water, especially on hot days.

Selection of walking routes for varying abilities

Ullswater Way

Lake District National Park Ranger Walks

There are a series of guided walks throughout the year with National Park Volunteer Rangers on hand to take you through fascinating facts and figures en route. All the guided walks during the regular season are non bookable, i.e. 'just turn up'. However please note that these Ranger Walks are restricted on numbers and we do advise people to turn up early to avoid disappointment. For more information please visit your local Tourist Information Centre 

Download the Adventure Capital / Sprayway Family Walks from Patterdale leaflet here

The Ullswater Way 

 The Ullswater Way is a stunning 20 mile route around Ullswater.  The route can be walked in either direction and from any starting point.  Why not walk the route in shorter sections, using an open top bus or steamer to start your journey. View the map here. There is more information on the Lake District National Park website and you can download OS based maps of the route. View the brochure here.

Dalemain Loop - The Four Bears Marmalade March 

Ullswater Way Dalemain Loop - We are delighted to announce a new Dalemain Loop walking route has been added to the Ullswater Way trail. The Four Bears Marmalade Trail is a circular extension to the Ullswater Way at the North end of the lake. The whimsical walk takes in the stately Mansion of Dalemain and the ancient church of Dacre, with its four enigmatic stone bears.

Family Walks

Check out the new Tale Trails series of walk maps. On sale now at Glenridding & Pooley Bridge Pier Houses and at Ullswater'Steamers' Shop & Information Point in Pooley Bridge. Tales include Eric the Curious of Hallin Fell, Hetti the Carvetti of Pooley Bridge, The Nozomi Bird of Aira Force and The Glenridding Griffin. Aira Force offers great options for family walks too, click here for an Aira Force guide. 


There are a selection of bridle ways and cycle routes throughout the valley. Try out some of the great cycle routes with the Eden Cycling Guide. Both Pier Houses have cycle racks so you can leave your bike behind and link cruises with other walking routes or follow the guide and ride all the way. For detailed Cycle information, click here or visit Lake District Cycling with cycle hire in the Square at Pooley Bridge.