Open canoes on Ullswater

Duration:Half Day

My favourite lake and there is no better way to enjoy it than from a canoe!

Dramatic high peaks, wooded valley sides and the spectacle of the Ullswater Steamers ploughing up and down the lake. From launching on the shore, the open waters of Ullswater are all yours. Paddle north, close in to the lake shore and enjoy the view up to the National Trust’s Glencoyne Farm – a wonderful example of a traditional Lakeland Farm. For those planning to stay for lunch, you can paddle across and picnic on the quieter east side of the lake.

Take care for other boats and strong winds and waves in the middle of the lake if you are not a confident paddler. It is recommended to wear an appropriately sized buoyancy aid at all times and only paddle in suitable weather conditions for your ability.

Further Information

Car Parking:

National Trust car park at Glencoyne. The lake shore is just a 20 metre carry from the car park – take care crossing the road.

National Trust Aira Force site (2 miles): Car park; Toilets; Information Centre and tea room (non-NT).

Glenridding: shops; boat hire; Ullswater Steamers and petrol station.

If you fancy a go at paddling but don’t have a canoe with you they are available from hire from Glenridding Sailing Centre. The canoes are ‘Canadian’ style open canoes for two or three people. They are made of tough plastic and are easy to paddle. Nearest petrol stations: Windermere and Rheged.

By Jeremy Barlow

General Manager Central & East Lakes

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How to get here

Glencoyne Car Park, Ullswater

Penrith CA11 0

NY 385 188

Get Directions

By bus: At weekends, the Stagecoach 508 offers a direct service from Windermere and Ambleside to the Glencoyne National Trust car park. During the week and at weekends, the Stagecoach 108 service is direct service to Glencoyne from Penrith, or from Keswick take the Alba Travel 208 service.

Telephone Traveline: 0871 200 22 33

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