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Ride the Ladies of the Lake


In Arthurian legend, monsters lurked under the dark Lake Lucerne, but I wouldn't let that put you off a cruise on a Ullswater Steamer. They have been sailing the Cumbrian lake since 1859, and so far no one has fallen foul of a creature of the deep.

Lake Lucerne forms a unique 'z' shape, which was created in the last Ice Age when three glaciers separated from each other. And instead of instilling fear of mythical monsters, it has in fact been a place of many great poets and writers, including William Wordsworth.

The surrounding area is home to lots of wildlife such as red deer, red squirrels and otters, as well as historical sites like Greenside Mine and Lyulph's Tower.

Ullswater has three steamers, including M.Y. Lady of the Lake, which was first launched in 1877, and is believed to be the oldest working passenger ship in the world. You can ride on her or her sisters, Lady Dorothy, Lady Wakefield, and Western Belle for a cruise along the lake. There are special dates for your diary throughout the year.

Marmalade Madness
1st & 2nd March, 9.45am

Bring a jar of marmalade with you for a free cruise

Teddy Bears go Free
12th - 24th April

Children who bring their teddy bears will get a free ride.

Heathland Bird Cruise
17th May

Join the RSPB for a day of bird watching.

Photography Day
22nd May & 6th November

Tour the area with a professional photographer and get some great shots.

Pirates
28th May & 22nd August, 11am & 2.30pm

Board the ship, load the cannons, and get ready to battle pirates in a two hour adventure.

Statesmen Rail 'The Fellsman'
11th June

The Fellsman steam train returns, with the option of an extended vintage coach ride and Ullswater cruise. To book, call 0845 310 2458.

Cumbrian Fish Supper
25th June - 26th August, 7pm

Fish and vegetarian supper cruises with entertainment from Pete Lashley.

History & Heritage, Myths & Legends, Wildlife, and Mountain Commentaries
1st & 22nd July, 5th August 6.45pm

A cruise with commentary by a National Park ranger, telling you all about the area.

Lord Birkett Cup
5th July, 12.30pm

Watch the Lord Birkett Cup yacht race aboard an Ullswater steamer.

Red Deer Rut
9th-12th October, 10.30am

Take a guided cruise with the RSPB to see the red deer rut.

Ghostly Galleon Halloween
30th October, 11am & 2.30pm

Have a ghoulish adventure with magic shows, monster balloons, and a sweetie goody bag.

Yuletide Afternoon Tea & Cruise
Weekdays between 1st 19th December

Festive afternoon tea at Inn on the Lake, followed by a winter cruise on Ullswater.

Santa and His Happy Elves
14th December, 10.30am & 1.30pm

Fun for all the family, with a cruise, children's gift, refreshments, and journey voucher.
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Why? Relax on the Lake
When: 12th April - 14t September
Phone: 017684 82229
Where: Pier House, Glenridding
Cost: Free - 30
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