Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater SteamersWhat better way to relax in the Lake District than sitting back and admiring the view from the comfort of a small cruiser. For 150 years, Ullswater ‘Steamers’ has been running a passenger service on the stunning lake from which the company takes its name. Its small fleet of historic vessels offers visitors the chance to hop on and off at various beauty spots, or to stay on board watching the magnificent mountains glide past during a two-hour, round-the –lake trip.

The company’s lovingly restored craft have fascinating tales to tell; Lady of the Lake is believed to be the oldest working passenger vessel in the world and, with her sister ship Raven, operated the original service at a time when Lakeland tourism was beginning to take off. Down the years, these hard-working vessels have been joined by Western Belle, Lady Dorothy and Lady Wakefield, each with their own pedigree.

Recent wet weather has highlighted global environmental concerns and the area around Ullswater – the village of Glenridding in particular – has had to overcome challenges caused by flooding. But the local community, including Ullswater ‘Steamers, is keen to emphasise that it is open for business as usual.

The company offers a year-round service (excluding December 24 and 25) with on-board facilities and is proud of its role in the development of sustainable local tourism, holding the Green Tourism Gold award. Cycles and dogs are carried for a small additional charge, with singles and returns available to several locations allowing passengers to incorporate a boat ride into their own walking/cycling itinerary.

Whether you’re looking to actively explore the lakeside attractions, or simply want to rest your feet while the scenery slips by, Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is likely to have something to suit your requirements. Check out the website www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk for up-to-date information on timetables, fares, special events and the latest travel directions to your embarkation point.