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 find out how much tickets cost for your day out. 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. Facilities may vary on individual boats so please check our facilities page. 

Tickets are available to purchase online, please note at the moment online tickets close at midnight the day before travel. We advise customers to pre book tickets to avoid disappointment on the day for your preferred journey times. 

Whilst visiting Ullswater ‘Steamers’:

  • Online ticket sales close at midnight the day before travel. After this time you will need to purchase tickets in person at our pier houses. We cannot guarantee availability for ticket purchases on the day. We are working to keep online ticket sales open within 30 minutes of sailing times. 
  • Online tickets are open for all sailings between the four piers. 

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. 


Map of Ullswater 'Steamers' sailing route

Ullswater 'Steamers' Timetables

Our current timetables can be viewed in the tables below. If you wish to view our full set of timetables for 2022, please click here.

Around the lake cruises

28th May 2022 - 4th September 2022

Glenridding Pier Departure Howtown Pier Set Down Pooley Bridge Pier Arrival Pooley Bridge Pier Departure Howtown Pier Set Down Glenridding Pier Arrival
- - - 09:45 10:10 10:45
09:45 10:20 10:45 10:55 11:20 11:55
10:50 11:25 11:50 12:00 12:25 13:00
11:20 11:55 12:20 12:30 12:55 13:30
12:10 12:45 13:15 14:00 14:25 15:00
13:40 14:15 14:40 14:50 15:15 15:50
14:10 14:45 15:10 15:20 15:45 16:20
15:25 16:00 16:25 16:35 17:00 17:35
16:00 16:35 17:00 17:05 17:30 18:05
16:40 17:15 17:40 - - -
Glenridding Pier Departure Howtown Pier Set Down Pooley Bridge Pier Arrival Pooley Bridge Pier Departure Howtown Pier Set Down Glenridding Pier Arrival
- - - 09:45 10:10 10:45
09:45 10:20 10:45 10:55 11:20 11:55
10:50 11:25 11:50 12:00 12:25 13:00
11:20 11:55 12:20 12:30 12:55 13:30
12:10 12:45 13:15 14:00 14:25 15:00
13:40 14:15 14:40 14:50 15:15 15:50
14:10 14:45 15:10 15:20 15:45 16:20
15:25 16:00 16:25 16:35 17:00 17:35
16:00 16:35 17:00 17:05 17:30 18:05
16:40 17:15 17:40 - - -
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Aira Force Shuttle

2nd April 2022 - 29th October 2022

Glenridding Pier Departure Aira Force Pier Arrival Aira Force Pier Departure Glenridding Pier Arrival
10:00 10:20 10:30 10:50
11:00 11:20 11:30 11:50
12:30 12:50 13:00 13:20
14:00 14:20 14:30 14:50
15:30 15:50 16:00 16:20
16:30 16:50 17:00 17:20
Glenridding Pier Departure Aira Force Pier Arrival Aira Force Pier Departure Glenridding Pier Arrival
10:00 10:20 10:30 10:50
11:00 11:20 11:30 11:50
12:30 12:50 13:00 13:20
14:00 14:20 14:30 14:50
15:30 15:50 16:00 16:20
16:30 16:50 17:00 17:20
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Ullswater ‘Steamers’ Fares

Read through our selection of fares below to find the right cruise for you. We will be introducing some more ticket options in 2022 to give you even more opportunity to explore the Ullswater Valley.

Return around the lake and single one way cruise options

Travel around the lake on either a full return or one way cruise departing from Glenridding or Pooley Bridge. It is the ideal way to relax as you take in the stunning views of the Ullswater valley. A one way cruise takes approx. 60 minutes and we advise allowing at least 2 hours for a return cruise. Please select your outward and return journey times when booking return tickets online. 

Ticket Type Return Trip From Glenridding or Pooley Bridge One Way Trip Glenridding to Pooley Bridge or vice versa
Adult £20.00 £12.00
Child (3-15) £12.00 £8.00
Child (under 3) FREE FREE
Family £58.00 £36.00
Ticket Type Adult Child (3-15) Child (under 3) Family
Return Trip From Glenridding or Pooley Bridge £20.00 £12.00 FREE £58.00
One Way Trip Glenridding to Pooley Bridge or vice versa £12.00 £8.00 FREE £36.00
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Howtown cruises

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 £12.00 £8.00
Child (3-15) £8.00 £5.00
Child (under 3) FREE FREE
Family £36 £23.50
Ticket Type Adult Child (3-15) Child (under 3) Family
Return Trip Glenridding to Howtown or Pooley Bridge to Howtown £12.00 £8.00 FREE £36
One Way Trip Glenridding to Howtown or Pooley Bridge to Howtown £8.00 £5.00 FREE £23.50
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Cruises to/from Aira Force from Glenridding pier

Our Aira Force cruises operate between Glenridding pier and Aira Force pier, a National Trust site. Take in the beauty of the Aira Force waterfall and then head back either on foot along the Ullswater Way footpath or by boat to Glenridding pier. A one way cruise takes 20 minutes. The walk from the pier to the waterfall takes approximately 30 minutes. The walk along the Ullswater Way footpath back to Glenridding takes approximately 90 minutes. 

Operating 19th - 27th February 2022 and 2nd April - 29th October 2022.

Ticket Type Return Trip Glenridding to Aira Force or vice versa One Way Trip Glenridding to Aira Force or vice versa Return Trip Pooley Bridge to Aira Force or vice versa One Way Trip Pooley Bridge to Aira Force or vice versa
Adult £12.00 £8.00 £29.00 £18.00
Child (3-15) £8.00 £5.00 £18.00 £12.00
Child (under 3) FREE FREE FREE FREE
Family £36 £23.50 £84.00 £53.00
Ticket Type Adult Child (3-15) Child (under 3) Family
Return Trip Glenridding to Aira Force or vice versa £12.00 £8.00 FREE £36
One Way Trip Glenridding to Aira Force or vice versa £8.00 £5.00 FREE £23.50
Return Trip Pooley Bridge to Aira Force or vice versa £29.00 £18.00 FREE £84.00
One Way Trip Pooley Bridge to Aira Force or vice versa £18.00 £12.00 FREE £53.00
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Optional Extras

DOGS: £1 each.

PADDLEBOARD TRANSPORT: £2.50 each. Subject to capacity on board. Cannot be pre-booked. 

BIKE TRANSPORT: £2.50 each. Subject to capacity on board. Cannot be pre-booked. 

CAR PARKING: Currently our online car parking for Glenridding pier is suspended, please pay at the machine on the day. 

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 around.  

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 £60.00

Event Tickets - Gin Cruises, Birkett Trophy Race Cruise, Fish Supper Cruises

We have a variety of special event cruises throughout the summer. Tickets are available to book online now.