Activities on Ullswater
Most of Ullswater's lake bed is owned by either the Dalemain Estates, The National Trust or the Lake District National Park Authority; most of the shoreline is privately owned, however there are various points around the lake where it is permissible to launch sailboards and small craft. Ullswater, A Lake User's Guide, is an informative leaflet produced by The Lake District National Park Authority and can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre at Glenridding.
Please note that whilst the twenty-two miles of lake shoreline has many inviting beaches, with shallow waves rippling over sparkling stones, the land beneath the water shelves suddenly and deeply, and where it is deeper, it is very, very cold.
Swimming and Diving in Ullswater. There are numerous little public beaches around the lake, and deep pools in the rivers and becks that flow from the surrounding valleys. Whilst shallow areas are warmer, the deep water is breathtakingly cold, even on hot days, and the lake bottom shelves steeply. You are advised not to allow children to swim unsupervised and not to swim alone.
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The world famous Ullswater Steamers operate throughout the year from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge, stopping in the summer at Howtown. From mid 2015 the Steamers are also operating from their new pier at Aira Force. Please click here for more information.
Ullswater Steamers also has a full programme of events throughout the year - visit the Steamer Events page for more information. Events include special events cruises throughout the year. The Steamers are fully licensed and can also be hired out for special events.
Ullswater Steamers have been offering cruises on Ullswater for over 150 years and this multi-award winning attraction is a “must do” for any visitor to the area.
Dogs are welcome on the Ullswater Steamers.
Distant Horizons offers high quality activities for families, groups and individuals. Activities include canyoning, cliff jumping, climbing, canoe and kayak lake tours, plus boat hire. Also available are a selection of wet weather alternatives including indoor climbing and archery in their purpose built activity barn. They also provide self-catering accommodation in their luxury bunkhouse.
For more details visit their website or contact 017684 86465 or email them.