Lake Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District. To many people it is the most beautiful and romantic of the English lakes. The areas surrounding Ullswater are popular with tourists and mountain walkers. With so much to do on and around the lake, we can see why it so popular.
Whether you are staying near Ullswater or visiting the surrounding areas of the Lake District, a visit to the lake is a must. Even if just to stand on the shores and take in the beautiful scenery and views of the Lake and surrounding fells.
Ullswater is located aprox a 20 minute drive to Carlisle, 10 minutes to Penrith and 5 minutes Rheged. You can enjoy the scenic windy roads from Ullswater over Kirkstone Pass to Ambleside, Windermere & Grasmere or across to Keswick.
Areas of Lake Ullswater
To most sides of the lake are villages with many amenities such as shops, cafes, pubs and walks. To the south of the lake is Glenridding and Pooley Bridge is at the north.
What to do at Lake Ullswater
There are many attractions too – Aira Force waterfall is a must to visit, a scenic walk with beautiful views over the waterfall – great for a photo opportunity!
The Ullswater Steamers for a trip around the Lake with various stops including Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, Howtwon and Aira Force. Many people will jump on the steamer from one side to another to enjoy the views from the lake, there is also the option to sail to one end and walk the way back. You can then enjoy the best of the views from the Lake over to the fells and from foot over the lake whilst enjoying a low-level walk.
There is now a 20-mile walking route the ‘Ullswater Way’. The route can be enjoyed in either direction, you can start at any point of Lake Ullswater. The route uses public rights of way and quiet roads.
Sailing is very popular on Lake Ullswater, you can hire rowing boats, canoes and motor boats. Ullswater Yacht Club is located on the east shores of Lake Ullswater bewtween Pooley Bridge and Howtown, this is open to the public.
Many enjoy swimming in Lake Ullswater too. Whilst sitting on the jetty at The Duke of Portland Boathouse you can sometimes see swimmers come over from the opposite side.
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Where to eat at Lake Ullswater
There are many places to eat from a casual village pub to fine dining in and around Ullswater and the Lake District.
There are many Ullswater village pubs such as Brackenrigg Inn and The Crown Inn with a terrace overlooking the water. For special occasions Sharrow Bay is renowned for its award-winning fine-dining. The location of Sharrow Bay is perfect with magnificent views over Lake Ullswater.