Ullswater Lake
Ullswater Lake
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  • Anna W
    Braintree, United Kingdom35 contributions
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    Ullswater for families
    The Lake District is Englands northern secret heaven in my view.it has absolutely stunning beauty in mountains and lakes fields and little cottages castles interesting village’s beautiful walks. If you have never been there, I highly recommend you visit. Wether you camp like staying caravan's cottages or hotels there is bound to be something you like and a place to hold your interest.there is something for everyone, from stately homes to explore castles ruined and intact, alpaca's birds of prey, swimming in Keswick pool walking over hills and moors, horse riding wild swimming (although check for currents some lakes pump water under the surface) All the little villages have places to eat pubs tea rooms restaurants. Keswick has a pencil museum a motor museum and beautiful parks to explore, Windermere has boats on the lake you can hire or be a passenger to the other side of the lake, also a sealife centre.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • pesue1
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom607 contributions
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    Lovely lake
    We stayed in glenridding in Tonkin cottage, beautiful location as ulleswater is right there, the lake is clean and offers lots of surrounding walks of different abilities including halvelyn where there is a start from the village. There are steamer trips along the lake to Pooley bridge or other stops along the way. The scenery is stunning and is fairly quiet, worth a visit
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Suratrichard
    Surat Thani, Thailand2,335 contributions
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    Breathtaking!
    There’s something magical about Ullswater. Maybe it’s because it isn’t on the main road through the lakes so doesn’t attract as many day visitors but the road can get busy particularly at weekends and during school holidays. There’s so much to do…sail around the lake on one of the famous launches…you can break your journey at various places like Howtown or Aira Force. It’s now possible to walk around the lake even though that would take some time! It’s worth visiting Glenridding and of course, if the high fells attract, then you can tackle Helvellyn! If you follow the road from Pooley Bridge, you drive more or less by the side of the lake. There are parking places along the route with Glencoyne Bay well worth stopping for a short while before but take care crossing the road as some drivers think it’s part of a F1 circuit! The views of the lake, at any time of the year, really are breathtaking. Highly recommended.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 31, 2024
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Kelsey C
Derby, UK22 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Myself, husband and dog started our trek at the top at Aire Force National Trust car park. It's worth noting this is a pay and display car park and will cost at least £4.50 for 2hrs and £6 for 4 (Jan 2020)

Lovely place to visit with paths and meandering waterways. The falls are impressive and powerful, working their way through the rock. It took us about an hour to get from top to bottom, stopping to look and with the dog. Stopped for a tea at the NT cafe. With the failing light we walked a bit more directly and it took just 35mins to get to the top.

All now well enriched and happy.
Written January 12, 2020
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Owen de Visser
Birmingham, UK75 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Couples
If you like lakes, you'll love Lake Ullswater. Cos it's a lake.

You can't get any wetter than the water in Ullswater. It was made of 100% lake water. When we went it was raining water from the sky, so it was even more watery. 10/10.

Written August 25, 2020
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Andrew
Welwyn, UK1,502 contributions
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Sep 2020
We went to the north part of the lake where there are small laybys where there are parking spaces for a few car. If you can get a space, there are some steps down to the edge of the lake. The view is spectacular. We took some chairs, drinks and some snacks to enjoy whilst taking in the view. Life does not get better than this. Wonderful.
Written September 27, 2020
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Bicknela
London, UK40 contributions
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Sep 2020
Excellent day out:
Ullswater Steamer from Pooley Bridge to Howtown, walk to Glenridding and steamer back to Pooley Bridge. The sometimes lakeside walk was excellent with good views across the lake. The path was well signed, part of the Ullswater Way, with space to stop to picnic and for our dog to swim in the lake. The terrain while not challenging does require suitable footwear and for older people (I am in my early 70s) a walking pole was helpful. Good refreshment opportunities in Glenridding, with social distancing being observed.
Written October 1, 2020
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Ollieking82
Cambridge, UK26 contributions
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Sep 2020
Ullswater is one of the finest parts of this world. Fact. We also boarded the steamboat from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding. The social distancing on the boat was well organised. We spent a couple of hours by the lakeside in Glenridding, eating and just taking in the stunning scenery. Granted we were blessed with a beautiful day. But what ever the weather, you can't be anything but inspired by this place. Oh I will be back.
Written October 5, 2020
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robnh61
Stockport, UK2,387 contributions
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Sep 2021 • Friends
There’s plenty to do and see around the lake, with the main commercial area being Pooley Bridge with plenty of cafes to satisfy the influx of tourists.
However, we walked south alongside the lake taking in the stunning scenery of the fells. A trip back on the ferry from howton rounded off a lovely day
Written September 14, 2021
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Davo6376
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Aug 2021 • Friends
This is a great spot for open water swimming. There’s a car park 50 yards from the beach (£4.50 for two hours; get there before 9am) and a short walk from the beach to the water.

Other than the car park, there’s no charge. You do need to keep an eye out for kayakers, SUPs and the odd small motor boat. But once clear of the shore, you can easily swim in splendid isolation, enjoying the views and the clear water.

The depth is quite variable close to shore so you can get views of weeds, rocks, grass or simply black nothingness!

We swam in wetsuits and the water was on the cold side the first time we swam, after a day of rain but it was noticeably warmer later in the week after two days of sunshine and temperatures in the low 20s.
Written August 25, 2021
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Suratrichard
Surat Thani, Thailand2,335 contributions
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Dec 2022 • Couples
There’s so much to do in and around Ullswater. Sailing, walking and photography are just a few of the possibilities.
There are the famous launches based at Pooley Bridge. It’s possible to do a circular tour on the launch from which there are spectacular views of the fells. Combine a sail with a walk, for example take the launch to Howtown and walk around the lake side path to Glenridding or sail to the Aira Force jetty and climb up to see the magnificent waterfall.
Staying in the car doesn’t rule out the breathtaking beauty of the area. There are various car parks alongside the lake including one at Aira Force where there is also a very good National Trust cafe and toilets.
it’s impossible not to be impressed with Ullswater. In winter-snow covered fells, in spring- new growth and the sound of lambs, summer- long and hopefully sunny days and the splendid colours of autumn.
There’s plenty of places to stay and a number of restaurants and cafes.
If you don’t go you are seriously missing out!
Written January 25, 2023
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sleep007
Lancashire, UK2,968 contributions
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Sep 2021 • Couples
Rated by many as the best Lake. Certainly it is one of the least commercialised and on a longish walk along the shores (plus at our lovely retreat) it was quiet.

Stunning scenery and on a still day enjoyed a little rowing boat out on it
Written September 12, 2021
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK6,156 contributions
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May 2021 • Couples
Visited Ullswater on a cloudy day in May.
As lockdown restrictions were just starting to ease we were lucky to see it & spend time there during such a quiet & peaceful time.
We drove around it & got out for walks at several “pull in” spots. So very lovely to drive so close to the shore.
Unbelievably beautiful even on a day where he clouds were fighting with the sun.
Written May 9, 2021
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