LAKES


THE EDGE
VACATION & HOLIDAY GUIDE TO
CUMBRIA & THE LAKE DISTRICT

ULLSWATER LAKE

Nearest
Towns:

Penrith
NW via the
A66 and A592,
5mls/7km.

Ambleside
S via a minor
road and the
A592, 8mls/
14km.

Bowness &
Windermere

S on the A592,
12.5mls/20km.
Location: In the north east corner of the Lake District National Park.

Length: 7.5mls/12km.

Ullswater is probably the most beautiful of the Lakes though not the most frequently visited. It has all that be could desired: a ferry service from one end of the lake to the other ( that is, the villages of Pooley Bridge at the north and Glenridding in the south); sailing, diving, rowing and motorboats are all allowed and boats can be rented by the hour. Lake Windermere has all these and more but Ullswater undoubtedly has the better scenery (it is truly outstanding) fells on both sides and to the south rise magnificently to the heavens and offer great hiking.

The A592 road down the western shore of the Lake connects Penrith with Ambleside and Bowness. Along this road you will find many small car parks and places to stop and enjoy the beautiful views. The eastern shore is neglected by visitors, which is a shame though perhaps understandable given that the road is a dead end, though at its end you will find some dramatic valleys and good paths up to Place Fell and others.

There are many good hotels and bed and breakfast establishments overlooking the lake, Glenridding and Pooley Bridge can supply you with food and hiking gear if you want to spend a day in the fells.

Walks:

There are too many individual walks to list here. Most of the lake shore is accessible and there are numerous paths leading up to the fells where the views get even better. Whether you want to have a relaxing stroll or tackle something more challenging you are sure to find a path to suit and all in tremendous countryside.

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