Ullswater steamers

Ullswater Steamers have been offering a relaxing way to enjoy the lake for over 150 years.  The heritage vessels are regularly seen passing the lakeside chalets on their way from Pooley Bridge, to Howtown and on to Glenridding.

The steamers link miles of bridleways that cater for walkers of all abilities from some of Wainwright’s most famous walks such as Striding Edge in the Helvellyn range to seldom-walked valleys such as Martindale.

For more information about the Ullswater Steamers, timetables and prices visit: http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/.


Walking Ullswater

From lakeside ambles to day-long climbs on England’s highest peak, Helvellyn, Ullswater provides endless opportunities for walkers of all abilities to get out in the great outdoors.

Beckside is set part way along the famous Howtown to Glenridding walk offering ramblers spectacular views of England’s second largest lake.

Walkers can also retrace the footsteps of Wordsworth along the lakeshore that inspired his famous poem, ‘Daffodils’ or explore Aira Force’s enchanting falls.  At over 65 feet high the stunning cascade isn’t likely to disappoint.

For a list of local walking routes and information visit the Lake District National Park website: http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/placestogo/exploreullswater/thingstodoullswater/walkingullswater


Mountain biking

The area around Ullswater is increasingly becoming renowned for excellent mountain biking, from scenic routes to extreme challenges – particularly on the East side ranges of High Street, Boredale and over Nan Bield Pass into Kentmere.

For more information visit Eden Tourism: www.visiteden.co.uk/outdoor-adventures/cycling-in-eden


There are many small villages surrounding the Lake, including Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, Patterdale and Howtown, each offering its own unique character and a great range of places to eat and shop.

Dalemain Historic House and Gardens is located just three miles from Pooley Bridge.   With fascinating interiors, a licensed restaurant and tearoom in the Mediaeval Hall, gift shop and award winning gardens, Dalemain House offers a great day out for all the family.  The charming village of Dacre with its Castle and Church is also within walking distance of the historic house.  For more information visit: http://www.dalemain.com/index.php

Lowther Castle & Gardens near Penrith  is an historic lost garden in the process of being reclaimed. 130 acres of Edwardian and Victorian gardens overlaying a 17th century design, with spectacular views, fronted by a grand gothic style ruined castle. For more information visit: www.lowthercastle.org



Ullswater offers activities for all the family from Tale Trails and guided walks to ridge scrambling, climbing and water sports.  Various centres also offer boat and mountain bike hire, and equestrian activities.

Distant Horizons at Watermillock will tailor activities for you, from our lakeshore if using our accommodation. www.distanthorizons.co.uk 

For more information about places to visit or activities to do around Ullswater visit: http://www.ullswater.co.uk/around-the-lake.html