Ullswater, in the Lake District is the most accessible lake by rail, bus & car.  You are only 3 hours by train from London and 10 mins drive from junction 40 on the M6. We also have plenty of options for travelling around either by car, bus, bike or even boat!


Getting to Ullswater by Rail

Ullswater is the closest lake to a mainline railway station in the Lake District. Just 3hrs from London Euston and 1hr 50 mins from Manchester Airport Ullswater it has to be the most accessible of all the lakes!

Penrith rail station is served by Avanti and Transpennine Express trains direct from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh with regular stops during weekdays and weekends.

Penrith is also served by the National Express Coach services with journeys by day and night with the overnight express being one of the fastest coach journeys.

Times & Fares:

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Getting around Ullswater by Bus


Stagecoach 508 Bus (Penrith – Patterdale)

The regular 508 bus service runs from Penrith railway station & bus station to Pooley Bridge, Aira Force, Glenridding, Patterdale and in the summer some journeys continue over the dramatic Kirkstone Pass to Windermere. An open top bus operates throughout peak periods where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the lake, mountains and rural life around the Ullswater Valley.

Stagecoach 208 Bus (Keswick – Patterdale)

The direct 208 bus service from Keswick operates during holidays and weekends with stops at Aira Force, Glenridding & Patterdale.

Fares & Times:

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Getting around Ullswater by bike

Pick up the Biking around Ullswater Cycle leaflet from an information centre or take a look at the routes on the Eden Tourism website to plan your route around quiet roads or bridleways of Ullswater.

Why not cycle from home and combine a train journey to Penrith with a tour of the Ullswater valley stopping off  at one of the many excellent cafes, pubs & restaurants or stay overnight  to really make the most of your journey.

Bike hire:

Lake District Cycling

Ullswater E-Bikes 

Arragons Cycle Hire 

Getting around Ullswater by boat

The Ullswater Steamers are the perfect way to explore the valley, with a year round boat service to Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, Howtown and Aira Force, this is the ideal for trying one of the beautiful walks in the area including the Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Steamers offer so much more than a boat ride with the history of Ullswater, links to Arthurian legends, Wordsworth “Daffodils” & Donald Campbell.

For timetables, special offers and events visit the Ullswater Steamers website.


Walking around Ullswater

From gentle lakeshore ambles to scaling the dizzy heights of Hellvellyn, England’s third highest mountain , there is a walk to suit everyone in the Ullswater valley.

Created in 2016, the Ullswater Way, is a stunning 20 mile walking route that can be walked in either direction around Ullswater. You can start from any point and walk the route in sections using an open top bus or “Steamer” to start or finish your journey!

Visit Lake District National Park website for more details of routes and equipment, or call into Glenridding Information Centre for advice and maps.


 Ullswater Association Membership Price List 2020/21

Category 1 Cost Notes
Bed & Breakfast £125  
Self-Catering £125 Up to 6 units
Eating Out £125  
Shopping £125  
Attractions (Small) £125 0-20,000 visitors
Activities & Things to do £125  
Additional listing under another category for other activity at the same site. £50 If your main business is B&B but you offer evening meals, you can be listed under 'Places to Eat' by taking an additional listing.
Category 2   Price includes one free additional listing under another category for other activity at the same site.
Hotels £275  
Self-Catering £275 7+ units
Attractions (Large) £275 20,000+ visitors
Camping, Caravanning & Glamping £275 Campsites offering more than just tent pitches

Membership of the Ullswater Association gives you:

  • Listing and images on
  • Listing in the Visit Ullswater leaflet with local, regional, national and international distribution
  • Quarterly member meetings
  • Annual familiarisation trips
  • Dedicated marketing support focussed on raising both members’ profiles and the profile of the area as a whole
  • Dedicated administration support for the association
  • Representation of the association within regional tourism organisations
  • Unlimited press release distribution
  • Social media activity
  • Blog sharing
  • Photography library
  • Ad hoc Marketing and PR advice

All this for less than a decent size ad in the local newspaper!