Things to do
Surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the whole of the Lake District National Park, Ullswater and the immediate area is one of the most beautiful places to spend your holiday. The lake itself runs a serpentine course of 8 miles making it the second largest in the district taking in the mighty vista of Helvellyn and beyond.
Take a cruise on an historic Ullswater Steamer that stops at various piers around the lake, making it easy to combine a walk with a sail to see even more of the natural surroundings. Explore the glorious Aira Force waterfall that simply takes your breath away in any season and makes the perfect backdrop to a family photo to capture the memory of your visit. The recently completed and opened Ullswater Way is a 20 mile walk around the complete lake.
The Ullswater Valley is renowned for its rich wildlife with red deer and squirrels, peregrine falcons, herons and ospreys. Autumn is the season to visit and marvel at the stunning array of golden colours throughout the ancient woodlands before the winter arrives taking the leaves away and bringing a crisper feel to the air. Spring is also spectacular with new growth everywhere, and the herdwick lambs and calves in the field.
Pooley Bridge and Glenridding are small villages where you will find traditional Lakeland pubs, bustling cafes and some of the most spectacular lake view restaurants around. The hamlet of Howtown offers peace and tranquillity at the end of a rewarding days walk. The nearby Brotherswater is also worth a visit, and has an easy walk right around the Lake and a pub at the end of course.
Ullswater from Gowbarrow Fell, Aira Force
There are many great pubs, cafes and restaurants all around the area. Here’s a few of our favourites.
A 20-mile walking route around Ullswater that can be walked in either direction and from any starting point. Why not walk the route in shorter sections, using an open top bus or steamer to start your journey.
One of the best ways to experience Aira Force, one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the Lake District is to head for the surrounding woodlands and combining it with the summit of Gowbarrow fell to admire the views over the serpentine waters of Ullswater.
A scenic combination of lakes surrounded by steep-sided mountains makes this route one to remember. Explore the eastern shores of Ullswater and the craggy sides of Place Fell before a well deserved stop off at the Howtown Hotel for a refreshing lakeland ale or stop on the way at Side Farm for tea and cake. This route can be finished with a boat cruise depending which way round you go, but ensure you check the timetable.
A classic route onto Helvellyn starts from Glenridding and traverses both Striding Edge and Swirral Edge making it a famous Lake District walk. However, proceed with caution and ensure you have a head for heights!
Ullswater and the steamers
Lowther Castle & Gardens www.lowthercastle.org
Ullswater Steamers www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk
Glenridding Sailing Centre www.glenriddingsailingcentre.co.uk
Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens https://www.dalemain.com
Rheged Centre www.rheged.com
Heart of the Lakes has over 300 perfectly placed Holiday Cottages in the Lake District National Park – Ullswater and the beautiful areas around are ideal locations from which to explore the World Heritage Site that is the Lake District National Park. Heart of the Lakes will have something perfect for you all times of the year.
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