Aira Pier – Ullswater Steamers New Pier

Aira Pier – Ullswater Steamers New Pier

The first new pier in five decades

Aira Pier is the FIRST new pier to have been built on Ullswater in fifty years!  It was built under a joint operation between Ullswater Steamers and The National Trust and rides between Glenridding and Aira Force.

The pier opened at the beginning of the 2015 summer season and nobody could have predicted just how flooded the area had become by November 2015. Although I wasn’t in The Lakes, the photos of the devastation were shocking with lots of bridges collapsing and whole areas cut off from access. Although 4.3km of the road leading to Aira Force had to be repaired, luckily the pier stood strong and survived.

Operating hours

The ferry operates only on weekend’s in the winter and a one way ticket from Glenridding to Aira Force costs £6.50 for adults and £3.25 for children.  The idea is that you walk back from Aira Force to Glenridding or Pooley Bridge on the new path ‘The Ullswater Way‘.

The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way has four stages that tie in with the Ullswater steamers. Pooley Bridge to Aira Force, 6.5 miles/10.5km; Aira Force to Glenridding 3 miles/4.6km; Glenridding to Howtown 6.5 miles/10.5km; Howtown to Pooley Bridge 5 miles/8km.

Photos of Aira Pier 

I couldn’t have visited on a more miserable day. If you’d read our post on Aira Force you will understand why, however for the benefit of those who have not, the weather was terrible! It was 2 degrees c, we’d had about 3cm of snow, clouds were low, visibility was poor and then it started to rain! Probably the worst day to visit but we did.

Aira Pier
Aira Pier
Aira Pier
Aira Pier where our kids collected acorns and threw sticks into the water
Aira Pier
Aira Pier with the snowy mountains of Hart Side and Sheffield Pike
Aira Pier
Ullswater & Place Fell
Aira Pier
Aira Pier and Imogen
Aira Pier
Snowy Place Fell and Ullswater
Aira Pier
Aira Pier
Aira Pier
Aira Pier with views over Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike, Hart Side and possibly Helvellyn.

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Credits

Camera: Nikon D800

Sigma: 24-70mm

 

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