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Activities on Ullswater, including Sailing and Fishing

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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Ullswater Fishing

Fishing or Angling, whichever you prefer to call it, is mostly for Brown Trout (15th March to 30th September) and Perch (June to March). In Ullswater, Goldrill Beck and Brother's Water you do not require a permit, but a National Rivers Authority rod licence must be held, and can be purchased on a daily, weekly or annual basis from either the Pooley Bridge or Glenridding Tourist Information Centre. Brown Trout can be fished in the River Eamont which flows from Ullswater, but a permit is required. Permits can be purchased from Charles Sykes Sports Shop, 4 Great Dockray, Penrith. 017684 862418. Please click here for more info on Fishing on Ullswater.

A huge range of fishing Tackle and Bait can be bought at the Ullswater Petrol Station, Glenridding. 017684 82008. This include es flies, all manner of bait including live bait in season. Rod Hire also available at very reasonable prices. Please contact Neil at the garage for more details

Fly Fishing tuition contact Geoff Johnston on 01228402691.
The Ullswater Yacht Club is a family friendly sailing club on Ullswater’s north east shore. The club holds various events and regattas throughout the year. (See Events page). New members and visitors always welcome.  Voted “Sailing Club of the Year for 2010” by the country’s top sailing magazine. Telephone 017684 86333 for information about membership. Please click the link for more details including how to contact on the UYC. Also offers a Sailing School. Also click here to see the UYC Race Calendar.

The Glenridding Sailing School and Boat Hire www.glenriddingsailingcentre.co.uk based at The Spit, Glenridding offers a range of courses in sailing, canoeing and kayaking from one hour to 5-days and weekend courses. They also hire out sailboats, canoes and kayaks and are open seven days a week from Easter to the end of October. Telephone Pete or Steve: 017684 82541 or click here for more on the Glenridding Sailing Centre.

Reach Beyond Adventure - A local outdoor adventure company canoeing on the lake. Also offers a wide range of other outdoor activities in and around Ullswater including guided walking, ridge scrambling, climbing, ghyll scrambling, bushcraft, outdoor first aid training and more. Ideal for individuals, families & groups www.reachbeyondadventure.co.uk  01768 483867  enquiries@reachbeyondadventure.co.uk

Eden Outdoor Adventures - a small family run company offering tailor made courses for small groups and families in Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Walking and Moutaineering, and other outdoor training including navigation and first aid. For more details see their website www.edenoutdooradventures.co.uk, call them on 07525 653099 or email them.
Ullswater Boat Hire

Small motor boats (maximum speed 10 mph) and rowing boats can be hired on hourly, half day and whole day rates from :
St Patrick's Boat Landings, Glenridding 017684 82393, or
Nick Grundy at Ullswater Marine, Watermillock (017684 86415), or
Lakeland Boat Hire at Pooley Bridge (077736 71399)

Canadian canoes, rowing boats and sea cycles, and mountain bikes, can be hired from Waterside House Campsite, Howtown Road, Pooley Bridge, 017684 86332.

St Patrick's Boat and Bike Hire
017684 82393

Moorings for yachts are available at various points around the Lake including the following
The Glenridding Sailing Centre
The Ullswater Yacht Club
Ullswater Caravan & Camping & Marine Park, Fairfield Marina 017684 86095
Dalemain Estates 017684 86450

The Outward Bound Trust: Ullswater Centre and Howtown Centre
The Outward Bound Trust provides adventure-based, outdoor learning for young people across four centres in stunning locations: Ullswater and Howtown in the Lake District, Loch Eil in Scotland, and Aberdovey, in Wales.  At Outward Bound® we use the lakes and mountains, on the doorstep of our centres, to take young people on true adventures. Challenging activities are at the heart of our courses – here are just a few: Abseiling, Canoeing, Kayaking, Gorge Walking, Hill Walking, Navigation, Raft Construction, Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Trapeze and Zip Wire. From action-packed weekends to our renowned 3-week Classic course, we are the original and leading organisation for frontier adventure and learning in the outdoors and are known to all as Outward Bound®. Call us for a free brochure on 01931 740000 or visit www.outwardbound.org.uk. Outward Bound® also runs programmes specifically for Schools and Colleges. Bursary funding is available.
Sailing on Ullswater
Ullswater Sailing
Sailing on Lake Ullswater
The Ullswater Steamers
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.
Ullswater Steamers Ullswater November 2011 Distant Horizons
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.
Distant Horizons Canoeing on Ullswater with Reach Beyond Adventure