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
Join the RSPB for a day of bird watching.
22nd May & 6th November
Tour the area with a professional photographer and get some great shots.
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'
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.