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Ullswater Lake Boat Ride

  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
Ullswater Lake Boat Ride
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Ullswater Lake Boat Ride
Discover the delights of the Ullswater Valley on this 2.5-hour Ullswater Lake boat ride. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat at Glenridding Pier and head out onto the gentle waves. Gaze out over the rugged peaks and rolling hills, and enjoy a moment of complete tranquillity. Break your cruise up with visits to Howtown and Pooley Bridge, and perhaps enjoy a stroll to explore the countryside at your leisure before cruising back to base. A good range of seating options are available on board to ensure your comfort. 
What to Expect
Our main base at starting point is at Glenridding Pier. There is a pay & display car park at the pier. Board the boat and sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The southern reach of the lake has dramatic views of the rugged mountains. If you visit in Spring you may be lucky enough to see Wordsworth's Daffodils on the lake shore. The first stop is Howtown, approx 35 minutes from Glenridding. This is a popular departure point for walkers, many of whom walk the 7 miles back to Glenridding. If you remain on the boat here you will soon pass the world-famous Sharrow Bay Hotel, followed by Ullswater Yacht Club. Our third Pier is at Pooley Bridge, approx 1 hour from Glenridding. Depending on the time of day and timetable there is chance to break your journey here and explore the pretty village, with a few shops and places to eat. Reboard the boat for the return journey to Glenridding via Howtown.

This tour can be started from Pooley Bridge, just be aware the parking is a short walk from Pooley Bridge Pier.

There is a choice of seating on board the boats, open, covered and in cosy heated saloons.
Due to the historic nature of the vessels wheelchair access is not always possible.
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Reviewed yesterday
Very enjoyable evening

There were 4 of us on the Cumbrian Fish Supper Cruise, which was an evening cruise, leaving Pooley Bridge, sailing to the far end of the lake and back. Ullswater has long been my favourite part of the Lake District and I had been looking...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Relaxed soul warming lake trip

Perfect whatever the weather for a romantic trip or just as good if it's a family. Spotless boat safe and spacious layout. Accommodates any weather. At the end stops near Inn on the Lake which I recommend for afternoon tea, a real ale or glass...More

Thank solosandy2014
Reviewed 3 days ago
Ullswater steamers

This was the place where I concered my fear of boats it was a smooth ride including snacks drinks and toilets very spacy and gorgeous views my only down side was the toilet was dirty and could’ve used a good scrub bit other than that...More

Thank elliemccrone66
Reviewed 4 days ago
Very pleasant boat ride BUT...

We arrived early for the first boat of the day. No problem parking at the site. A little shop and ticket office with nice clean toilets. We boarded the boat after a short wait. I wandered around taking photos as it departed with only a...More

Thank Paul A
Mark H, General Manager at Ullswater Steamers, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you to Paul A for taking the time and trouble to write his review and I am very grateful for his kind comments about our facilities and his overall experience. I am sorry, however, that he did not hear the pre-recorded safety messages at...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Nice but expensive

Great couple of hours which the kids enjoyed. Our kids are 9, 11, 12 and 14 so not easily pleased. Be prepared for the cost though, it is not cheap and nor are the refreshments onboard.More

Thank danieljenkins2016
Mark H, General Manager at Ullswater Steamers, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to write such a fabulous review. Apologies if you feel that your trip was not good value for money - maybe you chose a journey option which did not include a 50% discount at our sister attraction,...More

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Elizabeth B
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Response from chchester | Reviewed this property |
The brochure says 'dog friendly'. :-)