Ullswater Steamers


Ullswater Steamers is an award winning local business,  offering cruises on the beautiful Ullswater, one of our favourite lakes. The Steamers operate 363 days a year, and are historic vessels, with their iconic red chimney.  If you love being in the outdoors, with the wind in your face and surrounded by magnificent scenery, get yourself booked on a cruise!

Cruising along the 8 mile stretch of Ullswater provides spectacular scenery including some of the Lake District’s most iconic fells such as Helvellyn and Striding Edge,  St Sunday Crag and Place Fell. Lower level there are classic walks along the shore, and you can potter around the villages of Pooley Bridge, Glenridding and Patterdale.   There are many walks around Ullswater, including Aira Force and take in part of the the newly-opened Ullswater way – a great place to spend a few happy hours here, exploring and drinking in the beautiful views.  Then afterwards there are plenty of great places to have a proper drink – tea or beer!

On-board facilities include a licensed bar including tea, coffee and light refreshments, and loos.  There’s an open deck area if you’re fancying a bracing journey, and lower covered seating for those wet days. You can pick up connections between Glenridding, Howton, Pooley Bridge, and connections also available between Glenridding and Aira Force. Dogs are welcome for a small fee.

Hints/Tips: Check out the Ullswater Steamer events guide on the website to book special cruises such as the Cumbrian Fish Supper Cruise or RSPB Red Deer cruise. If you are celebrating why not book their ‘Cruise with a bottle of Prosseco’ from Glenridding and enjoy a leisurely cruise with a glass or two!

Why we love it: The changing seasons around Ullswater are particularly beautiful when viewed from the Lake. Take a ride to Howtown and walk back along the path alongside Ullswater is one of our favourite ways of spending a day.