Ullswater “Steamers”, Cumbria Tourism large visitor attraction winner of 2016.
This award winning sustainably accredited heritage attraction have been sailing on England’s most beautiful lake since 1859 and home to one of the oldest working passenger fleets in the World; the eldest vessel built in 1877, M.Y Lady of the Lake. Linked to Arthurian legend, Ullswater is shaped like the letter Z as it winds its way through the surrounding mountains, with the mighty Helvellyn range dominating the Southern reach. Easily accessible from central lakes and just ten minutes from the M6, J.40. Cruises operate all year round (except Christmas Eve and Day) providing the perfect opportunity to combine a cruise with some of the most spectacular walking routes and views within the Lake District National Park.
There are four main piers in operation, each connecting to a different aspect of the Ullswater Way, a daffodil waymarked footpath that takes in spectacular viewpoints, picnic spots, the quintessential villages of Pooley Bridge and Glenridding, the famous lakeshore Howtown walk and of course the National Trust Aira Force waterfall with its delightful tea room, Red Squirrel trail and children’s play area.
Excellent facilities at both main pier houses including cafes, gift shops, free Wi-Fi and multi lingual commentary and walking app. On-board facilities include covered and open outside deck space, warm cosy interior saloons and licensed bars. Dogs welcome.
These boats were made for walking so come and explore the Ullswater valley as part of your Lake District Experience.