Ullswater and The Lady of the Lake

by David Murray on 15 July 2011

in Attractions, Cruises, Cumbria, Ullswater

The Lady of the Lake at Pooley Bridge, Ullswater

'The Lady of the Lake' arriving at Pooley Bridge, Ullswater

The Ulswater steamer, ‘The Lady of the Lake” is thought to be the oldest working passenger vessel in the world. She has lived all her long life on Ullswater, and was first launched here in 1877.

I say “first launched” because the Lady has had a challenging life, having twice been sunk, firstly in 1881 and again by a ferocious storm in 1958. Not being one to give up she was quickly back on the water again carrying passengers to admire the beauties of the Lake District scenery but then in 1965 was damaged by a fire. It took fourteen years to get her back into action again that time, but for more than thirty years since being relaunched in 1979 she has faithfully travelled backwards and forwards between Pooley Bridge and Glenridding.

The photograph above shows her earlier this week arriving at the Pooley Bridge pier, which itself has had a difficult time in recent years. The November 2009 Lake District floods, which caused such havoc across the region, raised the water level of Ullswater several metres above normal and caused serious damage both to the booking office and the jetty. Now it is all renovated to a very high standard.

The view below was taken from ‘The Lady of the Lake’ as she approached Howtown.

Ullswater - The Bay at Howtown from the Lady of the Lake

The Bay at Howtown from the 'Lady of the Lake' - Ullswater

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