Ullswater Lake

Ullswater From Pooley Bridge

Ullswater From Pooley Bridge

Ullswater Lake

Ullswater is arguably England’s most beautiful of all the Lakeland lakes and is located within the heart of the Lake District National Park, Cumbria.

The surrounding area to Ullswater makes for a fantastic holiday destination and base camp with an array of great outdoor activities possible and available to experience and to suit all tastes and experience level.

The pristine lake itself provides a huge range of activities and water sports, including sailing, kayaking, fishing boat trips and much more. Whilst the surrounding area has some of the best walking country in the Lake District, with nearby fells including Helvellyn and the famous ‘Helvellyn via Striding Edge walk and the easier and very beautiful Aira Force walk and waterfall, situated on the western shores of the lake and is well worth the effort to go visit.

The Ullswater countryside provides a vast variety of walks from short ambles around the villages of Pooley Bridge and Glenridding and a browse around the shops to challenging hill walking. With local facilities to indulge a love of horse riding, you may take the strain out of seeing the beautiful scenery, or keep fit with some cycling or mountain biking for the more strenuous outdoor enthusiast.

The village of Pooley Bridge is situated at the northern end of the lake, with its narrow 16th century bridge straddling the River Eamont as it flows out of Ullswater, as it is overlooked by Dunmallard Hill, which was the site of an old Iron Age fort. There are several foot paths around Dunmallard Hill and it is possible to walk to Dalemain country house and the village of Dacre (the famous Dacre Bears are situated in the village church yard) as a Pooley Bridge circular walk.

Glenridding is a very popular village upon the shores of Ullswater, especially with mountain walkers, who can scale England’s third highest mountain, Helvellyn and many other challenging peaks from the village and with ample car parking.

Glenridding, Ullswater

Glenridding, Ullswater

Ullswater Villages and Hamlets

With the many varied villages and hamlets located around Ullswater, this the second largest of the Lake District lakes you will find such destinations as, Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, Patterdale, and with the picturesque hamlets of Watermillock and Howtown. All having their own individual charm and character which sets them apart from others.

There is a wide variety of holiday accommodation available within easy reach of Ullswater, including lake side camping sites, log cabins, luxury lake side hotels, wonderful Bed and Breakfast, self-catering holiday cottages.  The Quite Site campsite even has the new timber framed camping pods which are a great alternative to pitching your own tent, although with a great feel for the camping experience without the tent.

Ullswater attractions include the Ullswater Steamer which offers trips around the lake calling at Pooley Bridge, Glenridding and Howtown. The Steamers operate an all year round service, being originally working boats which from the 1950 moved mail, workers and goods to and from the Greenside lead mine at Glenridding which closed in 1962. Today there are four steamers plying the waters of Ullswater, Raven, Lady of the Lake, Lady Dorothy and since April 2007 Lady Wakefield. People often catch the ‘Steamer from Glenridding to Howtown and then return on foot along the lake shore to complete one of the most popular and scenic low level walks in the Lake District.

Ullswater and William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth in 1802 after visiting his friend Thomas Clarkson who lived in a house on the eastern shores of Ullswater was inspired to write the poem “Daffodils” after seeing daffodils growing on the shores of Ullswater on his return journey back to Dove Cottage at Grasmere. Wordsworth once wrote of Ullswater “it is the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur, which any of the lakes affords.

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Ullswater Steamer Lake Cruises

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Lake District Attractions, Lake District Activities Ullswater Steamer is an award winning Lake District attraction celebrating their 150th year sailing on England’s most beautiful lake.

Currently there are four vessels operating on lake cruises on Ullswater. We create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District. With miles of bridleways linked by the Ullswater Steamer routes there are so many opportunities for exploring the area or simply relax and enjoy the glory of nature through the seasons.

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer Lady of the Lake

Launched on 26th June, 1877 she is believed to be the oldest working passenger vessel in the world. Designed by Mr Douglas Hebson of Penrith and built in Glasgow by Joseph Seath & Company. She was transported in three sections by rail to Penrith then horse drays to Waterside where she was assembled at Elder Beck.

Raven
Raven was launched on the 11th July, 1889. On 18th July, 1889 an article in the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald published the following “It is questionable if there be any boat to beat, or even equal this little craft on any lake in this country”. There is a commentary handset option onboard which gives detailed information about our history and famous faces associated with Ullswater.

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer Lady Dorothy

Lady Dorothy joined the fleet in 2001, she was a sea-going vessel from Guernsey and her arrival meant for the first time winter sailings were introduced into the timetable.

Lady Wakefield
Lady Wakefield was renamed in a recommissioning ceremony by HRH Princess Alexandra in April, 2007. She was originally known as Berry Castle, Golden Cormorant and latterly Totnes Castle. Built in 1949 in Dartmouth, she had worked on the River Dart and Plymouth Sound before her arrival on Ullswater.

Contact: Ullswater ‘Steamers’
The Pier House, Glenridding, Cumbria CA11 0US
Tel: 017684 82229 Fax: 017684 82669
Email: hello@ullswater-steamers.co.uk

There is good parking at both Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, although it is pay and display. I have usually taken the steamer to Howtown and walked back to my car. I recommend if you would like to incorporate a steamer ride upon the lake and a walk, that you take a look at my Ullswater Lake walks. This is one of my favorite low level walks.