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 mini cruises 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.

Tickets are available online to 27th of May. Please sign up here for Tickets after 27th May 

Whilst visiting Ullswater ‘Steamers’:

  • Online ticket sales close at 09:00 on the day of travel. After 09:00 you will need to purchase tickets in person at our pier houses. We cannot guarantee availability for ticket purchases on the day.
  • You can get on and off our boats at Howtown, however, we cannot take pre-bookings for boarding.

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.

25th April 2022 - 27th May 2022

Glenridding Pier Departure Howtown Pier Pooley Bridge Pier Arrival Pooley Bridge Pier Departure Howtown Pier Glenridding Pier Arrival
- - - 09:45 10:10 10:55
09:45 10:20 10:45 11:00 11:25 12:00
11:15 11:50 12:15 12:30 12:55 13:30
12:10 12:45 13:15 14:00 14:25 15:00
14:05 14:40 15:05 15:20 15:45 16:20
15:25 16:00 16:25 16:40 17:05 17:40
16:45 17:25 17:50 - - -
Glenridding Pier Departure Howtown Pier Pooley Bridge Pier Arrival Pooley Bridge Pier Departure Howtown Pier Glenridding Pier Arrival
- - - 09:45 10:10 10:55
09:45 10:20 10:45 11:00 11:25 12:00
11:15 11:50 12:15 12:30 12:55 13:30
12:10 12:45 13:15 14:00 14:25 15:00
14:05 14:40 15:05 15:20 15:45 16:20
15:25 16:00 16:25 16:40 17:05 17:40
16:45 17:25 17:50 - - -
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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.

Around The Lake

Travel around the lake on either a full or one way trip 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 trip takes approx. 60 minutes and we advise allowing at least 2 hours for a return trip.

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 N/A
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 N/A
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Cruise to Howtown

Take a cruise to Howtown, perfect for those who wish to explore the Valley on foot. Howtown is located 35 minutes away from Glenridding and 25 minutes from Pooley Bridge.

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 N/A
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 N/A
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Aira Force Shuttle

Our Aira Force Shuttle operates from Glenridding and takes you to our pier situated at the National Trust site. Take in the beauty of the waterfall and then head back either on foot or by boat to Glenridding pier. A one way trip takes 20 minutes. The walk from the pier to the waterfall takes approximately 30 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
Adult £12.00 £8.00
Child (3-15) £8.00 £5.00
Child (under 3) FREE FREE
Family £36 N/A
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 N/A
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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: All day car parking can be booked for Glenridding pier car park whilst pre-booking your cruise tickets online.

Private Charters

Our boats are available to hire from one hour for private charters. Ullswater 'Steamers' offer a range of private hire 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

NHS Blue Light & Defence Service Cards

We are offering all NHS Blue Light Card and Defence Service Card holders a discount on tickets for up to 4 adults (or a family). Valid for return trips from Glenridding or Pooley Bridge and only available for tickets booked online.

You will receive 25% off using the code that you can find on your member's log in area. Please do not try to enter your card number in the promo code box!