We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ullswater Lake Boat Ride

Highlights
  • 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
More
Ullswater Lake Boat Ride
From US$ 20.44
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
Date
Travellers
Tour options (1)
Ullswater Lake Boat Ride
From US$ 20.44
Lowest Price Guaranteed
Overview
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.
Reviews (510)
1 - 5 of 507 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nice views but ...

The views from the boat were good and much better than Windermere but the boats have a very small room which is chaotic and you can't really see much from the room. Outside is very cold of course at this time of year. The staff...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Q1320KPbarryw
Mark H, General Manager at Ullswater Steamers, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review - it certainly pays to pick your day and watch the weather forecast when sailing Ullswater in the Autumn and Winter and passengers should dress appropriately. I am glad that the staff looked after you and hope that...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Smooth sail to Glenridding

Smooth boat ride from Aira Force to Glenridding. Can pay both cash and bankcard on the boat making payment easy. Dogs and prams can both travel upon the steam boat too, Lovely views and Glenridding is well worth a visit too!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travellingpod
Mark H, General Manager at Ullswater Steamers, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your fabulous review. We are all delighted that you had such a great time and look forward to welcoming you back on board very soon!

Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile
Round the lake trip.

Round the lake trip from Glenridding to Howtown and on to Pooley Bridge and back via Aira Force. The lake was still and the views were spectacular. Good narative on the boat about how the surrounding hills were formed.

Thank C14r3t5
Mark H, General Manager at Ullswater Steamers, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your fabulous review. We are all delighted that you had such a great time and look forward to welcoming you back on board very soon.

Reviewed 25 October 2018
Disappointed!

This is probably great in good weather! Unfortunately we picked a cold, windy day! The scenery was spectacular, staff were helpful but those wooden seats need some padding on the elderly Lady of the lake. It might and should be possible to provide a more...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bernie-skegs
Mark H, General Manager at Ullswater Steamers, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to write your review, I too am disappointed, by your comments. Nevertheless, I am glad that you found the staff helpful and enjoyed the scenery, which is the main purpose of taking such a trip...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Spectacular

Stayed locally in Glenridding for 3 days in October and sailed on the Steamers twice; once to Howtown and then walked back along the Lakeside Trail and the second time via Pooley Bridge to Aira Force and back 'home'. Each day we took advantage of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LondonValkyrie
Mark H, General Manager at Ullswater Steamers, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your fabulous review - we have had some stunning weather during October as well as some very challenging times too! I am so glad that you appreciated our commitment to our heritage fleet and that...More

View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
ElizabethB1610
6 May 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from chchester | Reviewed this property |
The brochure says 'dog friendly'. :-)
1
Vote