Let the stunning Lake District scenery captivate you on a flight departing from Dalemain Mansion and Gardens – resting just at the tip of Ullswater, near Pooley Bridge. With breathtaking views and an unparalleled sense of freedom, an epic balloon ride in the northern part of the Lake District will inspire and delight in equal measure!

Ullswater Lake District Balloon Rides


Take to the Cumbrian skies on a midweek morning balloon flight over striking Dalemain and Ullswater. You also get a champagne toast, 3-4 hour experience, a luxury gift wallet and a personalised flight certificate.

Virgin Balloons 




Let the breeze be your guide on a weekday anytime flight  – you decide between morning or evening. This glorious 3-4 hour experience with champagne toast, luxury wallet and personalised flight certificate will bring a smile to any face!

Virgin Balloons




Your choice of flying anytime you like during the week and weekends. This awesome open choice champagne balloon ride comes with a luxury gift wallet, a personalised flight certificate and a 3-4 hour experience enjoying the best of ballooning.

Virgin Balloons



The Lake District – arguably the UK’s finest location for a hot air ballooning due to the changing landscape of shimmering lakes, brooding fells and rolling green hills and fields.

The changing light of your Lake District balloon ride that alters with every passing minute and every alteration in terrain – bright expanses across pastures one moment, dark shadows befalling steep crevices the next.

Nowhere better showcases this incredible scenery and natural Lake District beauty like the stunning area of Ullswater. And there is no better way to absorb the scale of the landscape than from the basket of a hot air balloon as you glide silently overhead, with a sense of freedom, romance and calm that you can’t experience anywhere else. It is, simply magical.

Ullswater, Cumbria

About Ullswater

Plenty of prehistoric remnants suggest that the Ullswater area has featured in human settlement and trade for quite some time: the stone circles found on Barton Fell date back to Neolithic times, while another on Moor Divock have been dated to between 2500-1500BC. Nearby a third stone circle comprising of 65 stones (of which only one continues to stand) at Swarth Fell, cements the belief that this has always been a place of prominence.

This human habitation can be traced through the ages via the hill forts and settlements of the area. The Romans too took advantage of the regions high ground, building two forts – one at Brougham (Brocavum) and another at Ambleside (Galava) and linking them with a paved road, know as High Street.

It hasn’t just been the strategic attributes of Ullswater that can brought people to the area, people have been seduced and inspired by its beauty too! William Wordsworth was one such visitor and so captivated by the explosion of daffodils at Gowbarrow Park, that in 1802 he penned his famous ode ‘Daffodils’ – or as you may know it, ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’.

From the 1820’s the region became of significant industrial importance with over 3 million tons of ore being extracted from the Greenside Lead Mine at Glenridding, which operated for over 140 years up to its closure in 1962.

This industrialisation would also see the introduction of the ‘Steamers’ on the lake in 1859 that originally brought food and provisions for the miners, but now transports tourists who enjoy seeing the scenery from a different angle – and let’s be honest, who will probably be looking at up at you in your balloon with more than just a little envy…

Dalemain Mansion and Gardens for Balloon Flights near Ullswater

Whether you’re going to enjoy a morning or evening balloon ride, visiting for a day, weekend or longer, there is plenty of things to see and do on and around Ullswater.

Naturally we think ballooning should be the number one thing on your to-do list – as nothing else opens up the incredible landscape, stunning views and scale of the beauty quite like it, but’s that not to say you shouldn’t consider doing something on the ground too!

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk – official government Lake District website, where you can explore the region, plan for your visit and learn about the conservation work being done.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.dalemain.com – homepage of the Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens. This is where you board your balloon and buy award winning marmalade!

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.golakes.co.uk – comprehensive Lake District website where you can see upcoming events, things to do and find out more about the area.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.virginballoonflights.co.uk – homepage of Virgin Balloon Rides who will be taking care of you during your balloon adventure over Dalemain and Ullswater.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk – explore the Ullswater lake from a fantastic vantage point aboard one of the old ‘Steamers’, the perfect partner to ballooning!

If a weekend break, or longer stay in the Lake District is part of the travel plans, then Lakes Cottage Holidays is a company firmly rooted in the Lakes. With over 25 years experience holiday letting in the area and extensive local knowledge, Lakes Cottage Holidays will find a great holiday cottage in the Lake District for you.

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