Lake Ullswater

The magic of Lake Ullswater hits you the moment you see it. The glistening clear water surrounded by the Lake Dictrict’s majestic, magnificent mountains and wonderful, wooded fells makes Lake Ullswater a breathtaking site to behold.

It's easy to understand why Lake Ullswater is regarded by many as the most beautiful lake, not only in the Lake District but in the whole of the British Isles. Lake Ullswater is the Lake District’s second largest lake, being seven and a half miles long and averaging three quarters of a mile wide, it is a typical ‘ribbon lake' formed in the last Ice Age when a glacier scooped out the valley floor.

The origin of the name ‘Ullswater' is not known for certain, however, it is said to come from the name of a Nordic chief ‘Ulf' who ruled the area in Viking times. Lake Ullswater is shrouded in history; William Wordsworth was inspired to write his famous poem ‘Daffodils' after seeing daffodils growing on the shores of Lake Ullswater, a fitting testament to the beauty of this area of the Lake District.

Lake Ullswater boasts many attractions, including: the Lake Ullswater Steamers that offer trips around the lake calling at Pooley Bridge, Glenridding and Howtown; other boating activities; fishing and the lakeside walk from Pooley Bridge to Glennridding is regarded as the best low-level walk in the Lake District National Park. Lake Ullswater Steamers operate all year round so whenever you want to visit Lake Ullswater there is always something to do. Lake Ullswater is also popular with sailors and it's not unusual to see the Ullswater Lake dotted with yachts bobbing up and down in the water.

A visit to Lake Ullswater provides something for all, dramatic mountains to challenge adventurous walkers, as well as peaceful strolls through the tranquil unspoilt valleys for those wanting a more relaxing break.