Coaches encouraged at Ullswater cruises

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Drivers and group organisers to the popular attraction are thanked for their custom with incentives
Drivers and group organisers to the popular attraction are thanked for their custom with incentives

Ullswater Steamers is gearing up to ‘pipe’ its first passenger aboard in the aftermath of storms Desmond, Eva and Frank.

Despite a number of recent setbacks due to the severe weather experienced during the festive period, the iconic Lake District attraction is bouncing back and offering cruises on England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater, which commenced from January 14.

Like many businesses in and around the region, the team from Steamers helped local communities around Ullswater where they could, clearing away debris, ferrying supplies about and generally doing their best to help.

Steamers fortunately got off relatively lightly at the hands of the storms, with some damage caused to the stern of Lady Wakefield, flood damage to facilities and the car park at Glenridding, minor damage to Pooley Bridge Pier and Pier House, and difficulty accessing Howtown due to high lake levels.

Coach groups wishing to access Steamers’ sailings from Pooley Bridge can still do so at the normal drop off point at Pooley Bridge Pier, which is operational. It should be noted that access to refreshment facilities in the village of Pooley Bridge is currently not possible. As a result, tour groups should use the following facilities as alternatives in the interim – for the northern end of Ullswater, Dalemain and Rheged. Those seeking refreshments at the southern end of Ullswater should note Glenridding is open as usual.

Asked by CBW if any incentives were offered to drivers, a Steamers spokesperson replied: “We offer free travel for coach drivers and guides with the group, free parking, and a free pass to visit another time, together with complimentary refreshments.”