Glenridding Pier House
Award winning heritage visitor attraction Ullswater ‘Steamers’ have been sailing on England’s very own Lake Lucerne since 1859. In Arthurian legend it refers to the Dark Lake and some believed that monsters lied beneath. Its beauty has inspired famous poets and writers such as William Wordsworth and did you know; Donald Campbell broke the water speed record here in 1955 ?Shaped like the letter “Z”, its unique shape was the creation of three separate glaciers in the last Ice Age with the mighty Helvellyn (3,177ft) crowning the southern reach. The ‘Steamers’ provide the perfect opportunity to combine a cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District and a chance to meet some of our rarest wildlife.
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In 1998, a visitor donation scheme was introduced to fund landscape and conservation projects in the valley. To date we have raised over £45,000 through this and other fundraising events. We continue to invest in sustainable practice and hold gold environmental accreditations. In 2012 we were highly commended for our work by Enjoy England. In 2014 we were nominated for a GTBS Goldstar Award and in 2015 we won a World Responsible Tourism Award in the Best Sea or River Cruise category.
By Car –Glenridding: Sat Nav CA11 0US. From the south only 8 miles from Ambleside via Kirkstone Pass to Glenridding or 12 from Bowness/Windermere.
By Car – Pooley Bridge: Sat Nav CA10 2NN. Only 5 miles from Junction 40 on the M6.
By Bus: Links all year between Penrith, Pooley Bridge and Glenridding (check timetables.) Seasonal connections from Keswick and Windermere. Save money with a Stagecoach Bus and Boat ticket
By Train: First TransPennine Express and/or Virgin Trains run direct train services to Penrith from London Euston and other major UK stations.
By Bike – Cycle Racks at both main Pier Houses. Cycles accepted onboard £1.50 charge subject to terms and conditions