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Discover Ullswater

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


Places to Eat

There are many great pubs, cafes and restaurants all around the area.  Here’s a few of our favourites.

Crown Inn at Pooley Bridge
Located on the banks on the river Eden all you need to do is sit back and relax whilst taking in the magnificent lake views from the spectacular terrace. The extensive menu is prepared using the best local ingredients in the fabulous bar and restaurant
1863 Bistro, Pooley Bridge
A relaxed, friendly atmosphere that encourages you to take time to unwind in the most comfortable of surroundings, enjoy locally-sourced, seasonal dishes cooked to order before retiring to the bar for a relaxing drink.
George and Dragon, Askham
Is the ideal destination for roaring log fires, hearty comfort food and sumptuous surroundings. This renovated 18th century coaching inn was named as The Good Pub Guides Dining Pub Award for 2017 and offers fresh, local produce from the Lowther Family (Earls of Lonsdale) estate.
Inn on the Lake, Glenridding Perhaps one of the most spectacular terraces and orangery for dining and drinking.  And drinking in the view. The Inn sits on the shores of the Lake, and welcomes dogs in the orangery, along with walkers looking for a light bite, or a special evening meal in the 2 AA Rosette Lake View Restaurant.
Another Place  A spectacular hotel with choices for relaxed dining and drinking in the Living Space bar with comfy sofas, fires and lake view.  More formal dining can be enjoyed in the Rampsbeck Restaurant serving a 3 course seasonal menu influenced by local surroundings and flavours.

Top 5 Walks

The Ullswater Way

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.

Aira Force & Gowbarrow

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.

Glenridding to Howtown

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.

Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edges

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

Things to Do

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Ullswater Steamers

Glenridding Sailing Centre

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

Rheged Centre

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.