‘Ullswater Steamers run a ferry service on the very scenic Ullswater Lake in the Lake District, Cumbria, England. We used it to get around the lake whilst walking in the area. Here’s what we think about it.
They SayÂ – “Ullswater â€˜Steamersâ€™ is an award winning environmental accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating lake cruises on Englandâ€™s most beautiful lake, Ullswater. Ullswater â€˜Steamersâ€™ create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District.”
We SayÂ – We were really impressed with the Ullswater Steamers website first of all, before we even got on the boat. Reason being is we like walking, and the website had a special page devoted to combining a steamer voyage with a variety of walks. For instance, take the steamer to Howtown and walk back to Glenridding (which we did). You can see the page here, it’s got a nice map and lots of walking ideas and route descriptions –http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/about-us/things-to-do/walks.htm
We arrived by car in the village of Glenridding. There is a car park right by the ferry dock, but it’s a paying car park. That’s ok, it’s not overly expensive, but if you want to save money and don’t mind walking ten minutes then park in the village, on the road leading to the Travellers Rest pub. It’s free and it’s a very long road so you’ll find a space, as long as you get there reasonably early in the day.
There were no reserved seating, but there was plenty to go round, and also, it was a fine day and I have an interest in photography so I was up and about anyway, getting different angles for the camera, all through the thirty five minute voyage.
It was a really pleasant voyage on a lovely old boat, not too noisy, plenty of space to sit (also some sheltered space in case of bad weather, which isn’t unusual in this part of England), spectacular scenery and you can look into the captain’s cabin to see how the boat is driven if you like (great for the kids). The staff were friendly and helpful, and at the end of it we had the walk back to Glenridding to look forward to, which, quite frankly, is stunning, not too difficult and offers a chance to have a swim in one of the Lake District’s nicest spots – Silver Bay.
We recommend Ullswater Steamers, it’s great to travel and enjoy the lake in this slow, historic manner and also nice to be able to do walks one way and not have to either backtrack or find a bus to get back to the car afterwards.
To check out the Ullswater Steamers website and their current deals, prices and walk routes please click hereÂ http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/