Your Day Out With Ullswater ‘Steamers’

Use this page to help you plan your visit to Ullswater 'Steamers'. Pick your cruise type, a sailing time, and let's explore. Remember to take a look at our gift experiences and private charter options too.

Facilities on board Ullswater ‘Steamers’ boats include an open deck, sheltered upper deck seating areas, indoor downstairs saloons, licensed bars, and toilets. Our pier houses also have excellent facilities, including free Wi-Fi and a 11kW EV charging point at Glenridding pier. Please note facilities may vary on individual boats so please check our facilities page. If you require wheelchair access, please call us in advance of your visit. More details can be found on our accessibility page. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or on the day at the pier houses, subject to availability. Please note online tickets close 12 hours before departure time. We offer winter value 'round the lake' fares on the Green and Yellow timetables operating from 1st February to 24th March 2024. 

Whilst visiting Ullswater ‘Steamers’ :

  • We recommend booking tickets online in advance of your journey to secure your preferred journey times. 
  • Every ticket helps to look after our heritage fleet of boats - thank you. 
  • We offer winter value 'round the lake' fares on the green and yellow timetables operating until 24th March 2024. 
  • NEW extended yellow timetable from 17th February 2024 - reduced winter fares applicable.  
  • If buying full lake return tickets, please select Pooley Bridge or Glenridding ( from) and to half way point where the option of a single or return ticket will be available. Tickets are open ended with no fixed return time. 
  • The fresh air and mountain views are FREE for every passenger to enjoy so get the cameras at the ready and bring the bird book ! Autumn and Winter offer some iconic crisp and clear views of the valley. 
  • Our four piers link to spectacular walking routes connecting you to each destination point around the Ullswater Way.   
  • Explore the magic and mystery that surrounds the National Trust Aira Force waterfalls and red squirrel trails. 
  • Scan the QR codes around the Ullswater Way and explore the virtual art gallery here , its FREE

Please note:

  • Dogs welcome on-board for £1.
  • The car park at Aira Force gets extremely busy. Please click here for more information.
  • We have limited space for bikes and paddleboards. This is allocated at the skipper's discretion due to capacity. 
  • Open 363 days in the year. 
Map of Ullswater 'Steamers' sailing route

Ullswater 'Steamers' Timetables

Open 363 days a year. Please click here to view. 

17th February 2024 - 24th March 2024

Glenridding Pier Departure Howtown Pier Pooley Bridge Pier Arrival Pooley Bridge Pier Departure Howtown Pier Glenridding Pier Arrival
09:45 10:20 10:45 10:55 11:20 11:55
12:05 12:40 13:05 13:45 14:10 14:45
14:55 15:30 15:55 16:05 16:30 17:05
Glenridding Pier Departure Howtown Pier Pooley Bridge Pier Arrival Pooley Bridge Pier Departure Howtown Pier Glenridding Pier Arrival
09:45 10:20 10:45 10:55 11:20 11:55
12:05 12:40 13:05 13:45 14:10 14:45
14:55 15:30 15:55 16:05 16:30 17:05
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Ullswater ‘Steamers’ Fares

Read through our selection of fares below to find the right cruise for you. Tickets are available to pre-book online and at our pier houses on the day. We offer winter value 'round the lake' fares on the green and yellow timetables operating until 24th March 2024. 

Winter Yellow Timetable Fares 17th February - 24th March 2024

TICKET TYPE RETURN TRIP FROM GLENRIDDING OR POOLEY BRIDGE ONE WAY TRIP GLENRIDDING TO POOLEY BRIDGE OR VICE VERSA
ADULT £18.50 £15.00
CHILD (3-17) £10.00 £10.00
CHILD (UNDER 3) FREE FREE
FAMILY - 2 ADULT 2 CHILD £52.00 N/A
TICKET TYPE ADULT CHILD (3-17) CHILD (UNDER 3) FAMILY - 2 ADULT 2 CHILD
RETURN TRIP FROM GLENRIDDING OR POOLEY BRIDGE £18.50 £10.00 FREE £52.00
ONE WAY TRIP GLENRIDDING TO POOLEY BRIDGE OR VICE VERSA £15.00 £10.00 FREE N/A
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Howtown Walkers Fares 1st February 2024 - 31st January 2025

Take a cruise to Howtown pier, perfect for those who wish to explore the valley on foot . The Ullswater Way footpath links Pooley Bridge and Glenridding piers. The lakeshore walk between Howtown and Glenridding is one of the most spectacular walking routes in the UK. The cruise to Howtown takes 35 minutes from Glenridding pier and 25 minutes from Pooley Bridge pier. Visit our walking pages for detailed information about walks around the Ullswater Way. 

Ticket Type Return Trip Glenridding to Howtown or Pooley Bridge to Howtown One Way Trip Glenridding to Howtown or Pooley Bridge to Howtown
Adult £15.00 £10.00
Child (3-17) £10.00 £7.00
Child (under 3) FREE FREE
Family- 2 Adult + 2 Child £45.00 N/A
Ticket Type Adult Child (3-17) Child (under 3) Family- 2 Adult + 2 Child
Return Trip Glenridding to Howtown or Pooley Bridge to Howtown £15.00 £10.00 FREE £45.00
One Way Trip Glenridding to Howtown or Pooley Bridge to Howtown £10.00 £7.00 FREE N/A
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Optional Extras

DOGS: £1 each.

PADDLEBOARD TRANSPORT: £4.00 each. Subject to capacity on board. Cannot be pre-booked. 

BIKE TRANSPORT: £3.00 each. Subject to capacity on board. Cannot be pre-booked. 

CAR PARKING: Car parking for Glenridding pier car park is pay & display with a machine near the pier house which accepts coins and contactless cards. 

Private Charters

Our boats are available to hire from one hour for private charters. Ullswater 'Steamers' offer a range of private charter and cruise options for weddings, celebrations and corporate events. 

Contact our friendly team for a show round.  

Gift Vouchers

Treat someone to something special with our gift voucher or gift experiences. We have a wide range of gift experiences available from across the Lake District Estates portfolio. 

Our minimum gift voucher value is £5.00

Gift Experience - Cruise for two with a bottle of Prosecco

Enjoy a full return cruise on our scheduled services for two adults with a bottle of Prosecco. Cruise must be taken from Glenridding.

Price of this cruise is £65.00

Events - Gin Cruises, Birkett Trophy Race Cruise, Fish Supper Cruises

We have a variety of special event cruises throughout the year. Visit our events page to find out more about this year's event calendar.