The Lake District Guide

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Top Ten Attractions:

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Blackwell - The Arts and Crafts House

Muncaster Castle

Windermere Steamers

Aquarium Of The Lakes

Ullswater Steamers

Honister Slate Mine and The Via Ferrata

Kendal Mountaineering Services

Lake District Guiding

Lake District Sheepdog Experience

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston

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Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater "steamers" are superbly maintained heritage boats, now propelled by more modern engines, but still sailing on this most beautiful lake after almost a hundred and fifty years of service. To this day they remain the perfect way to enjoy the area. There are several ways of enjoying this unique attraction. First of all, you can simply relax and cruise along, enjoying the stunning scenery from these wonderful boats. Alternatively, you can combine a trip on the boats with a walk, on miles of bridleways linked by the boat routes: this ability to "mix and match" makes Ullswater the perfect destination for walking along the lakeside trails.

For centuries this dramatic landscape has inspired writers and artists. From the gentle rolling hills of the northern reach to the grandeur of the southern reach where the foothills of Helvellyn rise from the lake shore, there has always been plenty to inspire poets, writers and artists alike. Ullswater steamers now offer you the chance to share this inspiring landscape as you glide along in one of these beautiful old boats.

Ullswater steamers can also provide a great way of celebrating a special occasion - the company offer catering and entertainment for guests - and of course the photographic backdrop is second to none on what may well be England's most beautiful lake. Even better, a percentage of sales is donated to the tourism and conservation partnership working towards a sustainable future for the national park.

Whatever the weather, you'll go away with plenty of memories to treasure.

By car

From the M6, exit at junction 40. Follow the A66 Eastbound, with brown signs to "North Lakes" and "Western Lake District". At the first roundabout, pass the entrance to Rheged, and take the next exit, following signs to "Ullswater" and "Steamers". Follow the A592 until you reach a T junction with Ullswater in front of you, either turn left for Pooley Bridge, or right for Glenridding

If you have access to SatNav, simply enter the postcode of CA11 0US for Glenridding or CA10 2NN for Pooley Bridge.


By bus

Buses operate between Penrith, Pooley Bridge, Glenridding and Keswick all year round. Seasonal services operate in the summer, adding Windermere and Howtown to the networks. For further information on public transport links, call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33


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