Sailing in the lake district
Autumn lake
Lake surface


Twenty miles of coastline beckon, with spots for wild swimming and even an island or two to navigate. You can learn to sail on Ullswater, hire sailing dinghies or larger more stable traditional boats.  If you prefer a skipper so you can watch the world go by you can schedule your own yacht charter. Sailing is best from May/June to late October


Learn the basics of sailing

Taster session

Location: Glenridding Sailing Centre – 15 minute drive from the hotel

Between 1 hour and a full day

Group: Individual tuition, or book as a group for up to four people. Children 5 years and over. Children age 5-17 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Boat hire

Glenridding Sailing Centre have sailing dinghies for all abilities, hire a Topper Topaz with a simple rig ideal for younger people and beginners, or the faster racing class dinghy, Laser 1. Double handed options for up to four people include the 16ft Laser Stratos, or for a gentler pace choose the traditional gaff-rigged Lune Whammel for an authentic sailing experience.

Luxury cruise

Ullswater Boat Trips

Step off the hotel’s jetty onto your own 30 foot motor cruiser, ‘Living Life’, skippered by John, who will take you on a relaxed and exciting two hour Ullswater cruise. Sit back with Prosecco and enjoy the magnificent scenery and stunning views. Ideal for family outings, special occasions and celebrations. All facilities are on board, maximum six people.

Boat on the lake

Sailing on Ullswater

Ullswater has a long and rich heritage of sailing. Each year there are a number of regatta, including the Daffodil Regatta in April and the Lord Birkett Trophy in July.