Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on
England’s most beautiful lake, often referred to as the ‘English Lucerne’. We are without doubt one of Lakeland’s best kept secrets offering visitors an experience that will stay with them forever.
Several small islets dot the surface of the lake and by their diminutive size seem to enhance the grandeur of the surrounding hills, which form a magnificent background to the whole, overlapping each other as they do in a succession of unrivalled mountain terraces, crowned by the Dark brow of the mighty Helvellyn’
Quotation from The official Souvenir Guide to Ullswater, Second Edition, 1904
The Lake runs a serpentine course through expansive vistas of Lakeland’s greatest mountains.
An eight mile adventure shaped like the letter ‘Z’ as it winds through this spectacular valley, home to some of our rarer species such as the Red Squirrel and Britains last remaining wild Red Deer herd. Ullswater was formed by three different glaciers and this is why it is unique in the Lake District being the only lake with three different reaches and two distinct dog-legs.
Ullswater, referred to as the ‘Dark Lake’ in Arthurian legend is steeped in myth and mystery. This is a land that has inspired some of the most famous writers and artists over the centuries
such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and Sir Walter Scott. It is a place that holds the key of many amazing achievements; Donald Campbell broke the water speed record on
Ullswater in 1955 and did you know it was one of the last places in England where fairies lived! Join us for a cruise, a walk and we guarantee a great educational day out. We have a selection of key stage material for levels 1-3 and above, these are available to download on our website, all linked to the national curriculum with new updates and kid’s club information through our social media pages. There are a variety of Educational tour suggestions available to suit your budget with landscape, heritage trails, conservation, geology, natural tourism and topographic
subjects to enhance your learning programmes in-house and/or as part of field projects. Group rates and terms apply. One Teacher travels FREE with every 10 paying pupils.
The centre has over 40 years’ experience of delivering safe, high quality, outdoor adventure experiences for all. With its wonderful facilities, Tower Wood can offer a wide range of land and water… More Info »