Manchester and the English Lake District

Ullswater and the
North-Eastern Lake District


Ullswater is second in size only to Lake Windermere
and is a favourite with boaters and yachting enthusiasts. Approached
from the south by the dramatic Kirkstone Pass (the A592), and from
the north by the lakeside road, it is easily accessed from the M6
motorway via Junction 40, signposted A666 to Keswick, and then the

Ullswater in the English Lake DistrictGlenridding in the Lake District
Ullswater looking south and Glenridding

It is a majestic lake with panoramic backdrops
of peaks and fells, like Helvellyn, 3118 feet above sea level, third
highest peak in the Lake District National Park. It extends from
the village of Pooley Bridge in the north 7½ miles southward
to end at Glenridding and Patterdale. Cascading into the lake is
the dynamic waterfall, Aira Force, near Gowbarrow Park, plunging
60 feet sheer downwards between rock walls, popular with visitors
and photographers alike.

Ullswater Motor Yacht Steamer Service

Glenridding and Patterdale are the main centres
for exploring the Ullswater area, and a Motor Yacht Steamer service
runs from here to Pooley Bridge in the North, with a halt midway
at Howtown. The service operated by the Ullswater Navigation & Transit
Company Ltd, has run steamers since 1855, carrying people, mail
and provisions. Its operational season runs from the end of March
to early November from 10.00am to around 6.30pm (depending on season
or month), but please check before setting out – times may have
changed. Its boats, the MY Raven (built in Glasgow in 1889), and
the Motor Yacht Lady of the Lake (launched in 1877) were fitted
with diesel engines in the 1930s, and offer comfort and luxury,
including central heating, hot beverages and drinks. Full lake one-way
cruise costs about �5.50 per adult with concessions for under-16s,
with return cruises at about �10.00 and family tickets for up to
5 persons at around �18.50 (prices may also have changed – please
check before setting out).
Ullswater is a natural centre for outdoor activities, and offers
walks to suit every ability from Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag, Hallin
Fell and High Street. Other activities include fishing, pony trekking,
sailing, boating and rock climbing.
Glenridding, Howtown and Pooley Bridge offer extensive tourist facilities,
including major hotels at all three villages, pubs, camping and
caravanning parks, golf centres and driving ranges, a trout farm
and Outdoor Centre.
Ullswater was a favourite haunt of the Lakeland poet, William Wordsworth,
whose famous poem “Daffodils” is generally recognised as
having been written about the wild daffodils growing on Ullswater’s


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