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Ullswater Steamers
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Ullswater Lake Boat Ride
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The lake runs a serpentine course in three reaches with Helvellyn crowning the plateau at the head of the lake; at 3117 ft it is England’s third highest mountain. Ullswater ‘Steamers’ create the perfect opportunity to combine a cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District. With miles of bridleways linked by ‘Steamer’ routes there are so many opportunities for exploring the area. Free commentary app download for apple and android users.
Reviewed January 9, 2013

A very calming ride up and down the lake. Punctual and professionally run by people who seem to enjoy handling boats and welcoming visitors aboard. Its very comforting in a way - a bit like a big hug from your favourite granny. You know, that warm, enveloping embrace and a whiff of diesel. If your granny is wood-panelled, you'll know what I mean.

It's a shame the only service from Pooley Bridge at this time of year gives you just half an hour in Glenridding before the run back up the lake. I suppose the answer is to go back again in summer when there is more light and more boats on the move.

M.Y. Raven is a very attractive vessel - a bit gondola-like and sits nice and stable in the water. Lovely views at all stages of the journey, though we didn't stop at Howtown due to the very high water levels - the lake had escaped onto the road in a couple of places as we found out on a drive the previous day.

A good way to spend a couple of hours - and don't forget your camera as you'll see the hills from a different angle.

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Reviewed January 8, 2013

On time, well maintained,traditional. The prices are getting a bit scary for families. I particularly appreciate the way that the crew handles the steamers with such skill and care (as opposed to the launches on Derwent which are often crashed into the piers).

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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Took the boat from Howtown,lovely views, tea and coffee and toilets on board. Enjoyable trip. Quite expensive for the 40minute sail as it was around £6

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

An invitation to a festive cruise on what must be the most beautiful of lakes was an invitation not to be turned down. Leaving from and returning to Pooley Bridge, the one hour cruise was followed by 'Christmas' lunch in the medieval hall at nearby Dalemain; an historic house and stately home.
Obviously, at this time of the year the lakeland weather can be unpredictable and the planned cruise two days before our visit was cancelled due to the lake being shrouded in freezing fog. The day of our cruise, however, was cold, but clear and bright with the snow covered mountains providing a perfect festive setting .
The Raven, which was originally steam driven, but now converted to diesel power, is almost 100 years old and in pristine condition. The saloon had been decorated with tinsel and crackers for the occasion and there was complimentary mulled wine for everybody, especially welcome as one wished to spend time on the open decks in order to gain maximum benefit from the changing surroundings
After disembarking at Pooley Bridge, we made our way to Dalemain to be welcomed to the medieval hall by the pleasant and attentive staff and the welcoming warmth of a log fire. This, together with the congeniality of our fellow cruisers made for an enjoyable lunchtime, in spite of a disappointing, mediocre meal.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

These aren't actually steamers, they run on diesel, but you get a great trip the length of the lake. There & back takes about 2 hours & the views all along are fabulous. You can get off at a couple of places & walk back or stay aboard for the round trip. There are 3 or 4 diferent sized boats. You can sit inside or out & they sell basic refreshments on board. A great way to enjoy the scenery if you aren't able to do long walks.

Thank MaryWG G
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