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New attraction guarantees perfect Lake District day out

Published on: Sunday 26th April 2015
Categorised under: Play , Economy, Lake District, Tourism

From this May, a new lakeside jetty will provide passengers with an extra stopping point on the beautiful Ullswater shore. Starting from Glenridding pier, passengers can now sail in style to a new stop at Aira Green.

Once ashore, the options are unlimited, whether it’s a walk to the stunning waterfall at Aira Force; a hike to the heights of Gowbarrow fell, or tea and cake in the National Trust tearoom before a leisurely stroll back to Glenridding on a scenic new off-road path.

The new jetty is the first new stopping point on Ullswater for more than 50 years and a new boardwalk has been built at Aira Green to help passengers disembark.

This part of Ullswater has been a visitor attraction since Wordsworth’s day – Glencoyne Bay is famously the place that inspired his now legendary poem ‘Daffodils’.

Aira Force was a ‘pleasure ground’ for the Dukes of Norfolk and their guests in the nearby hunting lodge. In 1906, it was one of the first purchases of the fledgling National Trust -bought by a public appeal for funds to save it, including a contribution from non-other than Beatrix Potter. Designed to be accessible by only a few, Aira Force can now be enjoyed by many.

Jeremy Barlow, General Manager, National Trust Central & East Lakes: “Thanks to our friends at Ullswater Steamers, passengers can now enjoy a proper Lakes day out – a sail on the lake, an amazing waterfall, a walk in the fells, delicious cake and an easy stroll back to Glenridding. By any measure, that’s a fine day out.”

David Little, Chief Executive of Lake District Estates, Ullswater Steamers, said: ‘’The new purpose-built boat pier will be at Aira Point, a stone’s throw away from the impressive tumbling cascade of Aira Force waterfall. This joint project between the National Trust, which owns and manages the area around Aira Force, and Ullswater Steamers, is set to greatly enhance connectivity around the lake, and is an example of partnership working at its best. The new pier project also has the added benefit of helping to ensure those staying in the valley now have an additional embarkation point, which will further contribute to reducing the visitor reliance on vehicles to get about during their stay.‘’

Whether you are seeking sublime natural beauty or the very best of the great outdoors then Ullswater is the ideal place to take a break. There are a range of fantastic accommodation options to suit all pockets. You can relax in regal splendour at Sharrow Bay, tarry a while at Glenridding House and take in dramatic lake views, kick back and relax at the Pooley Bridge Inn or enjoy a bit of quirk and glamp the night away in a Wigwam at Waterfoot Park.

Flanked by soaring peaks including Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain, home to the tumbling cascades of Aira Force, and renowned the world over for ‘a host of golden daffodils’ Ullswater is the perfect place to spend some quality holiday time. To find out more visit

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