Ullswater

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

It's easy to understand why Ullswater Lake is regarded by many as the most beautiful lake in the British Isles. It is the second largest lake in the Lake District. 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. Ullswater Lake is shrouded in history; William Wordsworth was inspired to write his famous poem ‘Daffodils' after seeing daffodils growing on the shores of Ullswater, a fitting testament to the beauty of the area.

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

A visit to 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.