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Ullswater Travel Guide: 48 reviews and 70 photos

Ullswater is the second largest of the Lake District's lakes, and possibly its most beautiful.
There are no speedboats on Ullswater - in fact there are altogether less boats here than on Windermere - and that gives the whole lake a much more tranquil feel. Also, the two main villages on the lake, Pooley Bridge and Glenridding, do not encroach too much on this tranquility, nor is great tracts of the lakeshore taken up with private developments. Most of the southern half of the lake is accessible by the public, and if you go to the eastern side (Howtown & Sandwick) you'll find some very beautiful and peaceful spots.
There's a great walk that you can do from Howtown to Glenridding, starting with a steamer ride from Glenridding itself. I'll tell you about it in the tips below.
Also around Ullswater is the main path up to Helvellyn and the walk up to High Street, both great high-level hikes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful Scenery, Lake Steamers, Pubs, Cafes, No Speedboats
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:My Favourite Lake
  • Last visit to Ullswater: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 10, 2004
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  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Laura recommended your Lake District pages to me and I'm glad she did as there are some very helpul tips. We'll be here for a week from Friday. Side Farm sounds like a nice spot - hope we get here in time before it fills up.

  • coopergirl2003's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    I spent a week in Penrith last year and made the trip to Ullswater daily...it's soooo relaxing! Went swimming in the lake and did a long walk from Patterdale around the lake too...great memories!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2004 at 2:41 AM

    Sunscreen; England?????? Surely not! Very helpful pages (especially after the info you sent.)

  • Aug 4, 2004 at 5:04 PM

    ay but it must be said ... the Glenridding Mini Market has much cheaper prices than the other shops + a huge range of beer!

  • DOUGALSMUM's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2004 at 7:37 AM

    An excellent travel page- as usual!, you have missed your vocation in life, you should have been a travel journalist.

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2004 at 3:11 AM

    Nice winter travelogue. Cold but sunny.

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2004 at 4:33 AM

    just what I like about winter walking :-))...and your self portrait is better than the Picasso :-P

  • 10eke's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2003 at 12:45 AM

    never heard of kissing gates but sounds interesting !

  • Eddie101's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2003 at 8:56 AM

    Hi Steve, great page promoting the beauty of Ullswater, superb info, and well, your photography says it all. Oh and it would be my luck to get the Welsh rugby team coming the other way thro' the Kissing Gate ...thanks :-)

  • Aug 26, 2003 at 12:13 PM

    oh no, its still there.... you never told me about the kissing gate btw!


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