Ullswater Travel Guide

  • Ullswater Lake - Lake District
    Ullswater Lake - Lake District
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  • Ullswater Lake - Lake District
    Ullswater Lake - Lake District
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  • Fun in the river
    Fun in the river
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Ullswater Things to Do

  • Steaming

    At Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding you can get the steamers on a one way journey or round trip. They run throughout the day and cost approx £10 for a round trip (dogs £1 round trip!).There are indoor and outdoor seats and a bar serving hot/cold drinks.Be careful on the steamers as the wind blows and makes it a really nice journey but it...

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  • Pooley Bridge walks

    There is a car park just after Pooley Bridge which leads to some nice walks into woodland and also along a stream/into fields.I can't remember the car park price but I think it's about £4 for up to 4 hours.

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  • Waterfalls

    Aira Force is a 180 foot drop waterfall across the road from Ullswater. It's a climb uphill to reach it but definately worth the effort! There are plenty of places to stop and dip your toes and equally places to take photos or just sit and watch the day go by.The car park costs £2.70 for up to 2 hours and more for longer stays. I was there for...

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  • Swimming in Ullswater

    Right from the water's edge it's really shingly and full of stones which can hamper your attempts to get far...I went to a cheap shop in Penrith and bought some cheap velcro sandals with foam bases (£3.99) and was able to walk right in without any trouble. I also hate the thought of fish around my feet so it solved that problem too! I did see a...

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  • Secluded sunbathing

    There are small fairly secluded coves along the A592 road which lead to the lake. They can be found by looking out for parking bays. The one I liked best was next to a wall leading to a drop before the water's edge. It was past Watermillock but before Aira Force. There are other parking bays which are grassy and lead down to the water further down...

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  • They are soooo cute!

    Okay we all know that the main reason we go to the lake district is for the scenery and the walking, but I think lots of us are animal lovers too, so when you are aching from all that walking and decide to have an easy day pop up and see the Alpacas near ullswater.Alpacas are like small Llamas, tha alpaca centre is a working farm, breeding, rearing...

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  • Lake Cruise

    Slap on some sunscreen and relax out on deck as the steamer sails down Ullswater. Ullswater must surely be the most beautiful of the lakes - more tranquil than Windermere and surrounded by more "interesting" scenery - some towering hills and some delightful lowland pastures. And not a speedboat in sight!You can take the boat between 3 points,...

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  • St Patrick's Church

    St Patrick's Church is just along from where you rejoin the Glenridding/Patterdale road at the end of the walk from Howtown. It was build in the 1800's and is of typical lakeland stone construction.

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  • Side Farm

    This is looking back at Side Farm. A very handily placed stopping point, because after 2 1/2 hours of walking, plus lots of stops to swim, eat, take pics, etc etc, you might well be busting for the loo. So you can go here, so long as you buy something in the cafe/tearoom :-0)

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  • One More Shot Of The Trail

    Ok, last shot of the trail by the lake and there's still about an hour's walk to do. As you get to the southern end of the lake the trail veers away from the lake a bit and goes behind a camping site at Side Farm. You have to turn right at the farm bulding and go across fields to get to patterdale and then back to Glenridding.

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  • Still On The Trail

    Here, we're still on the trail just past Sandwick and still feeling fresh ;-) There's a nice green field, a beach and some trees here, so once again a great place to stop for a while.

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  • Sandwick

    The walk from Howtown to Glenridding takes about 3 hours and is about 6 miles in length. When you arrive at Sandwick, you're about 1/3 of the way around. It would be nice if there was a tearoom or something at Sandwick but there isn't - just some very attriactive looking rental cottages, a stream and this information board! ;-0

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Ullswater Hotels

  • Leeming House

    Watermilock, Ullswater null

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Parklands Cottage

    Great cottage at the edge of Park Foot Holiday Park. With nice view of Lake Ullswater. Very large...

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Ullswater Restaurants

  • BOOK WELL IN ADVANCE

    If you want to treat yourself to a corden-bleu meal whilst in the lakes, book a table at The Rampsbeck country house hotel. This restaurant holds a well deserved 3 michelin stars! Book well in advance as it is very popular even though quite expensive.Arrive early so you have chance to stroll in the gardens and take in the wonderfull views and...

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  • Lovely views

    The Cafe at Aira Force has a range of Ice Creams and sandwiches. I had a baguette on a plate with some tuna and salad which was nice and refereshing after the walk around the waterfalls. There is a good choice of Ice Creams in tubs which is local produce. I tried a strawberry and a chocolate one. There was also bottles of apple juice - one with...

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  • The height of decadence or luxury for...

    We went for an traditional English Classic Afternoon Tea to celebrate my aunt's 70th birthday.Choice of tea for each guest, toasted tea cake, toasted English crumpet followed by as big a choice of afternoon cakes - as many as you could eat.What makes it so special? Well, it's location - practically sitting in Ullswater and it's decadence.Gents wear...

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Ullswater Transportation

  • Steamer

    Taking a steamer trip on Ullswater is a "must see" (or "must do") activity in its own right, but it's also a way to get here - provided you want to get here from Howtown or Pooley Bridge, the only two other stops on the lake.The views from the boats are fantastic and the two "vintage" boats "Lady" and "Raven" are superb ("Raven" is my favourite)....

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  • By Bus

    Busses do come to Glenridding, there are services here from Keswick, Penrith and Windermere, though these number only about 5 trips per day on each route. Check carefully the times of the busses to avoid getting stuck here!

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  • By Car

    Many people come to Glenridding by car and at the height of summer it can be a real pain to get parked here, unless you arrive quite early. There are large car parks by the tourist information centre and the steamer landings and if you can't get into these you'll have to drive further up to Patterdale and walk back (15 minutes walk).

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Ullswater Shopping

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    by steventilly Written Aug 21, 2003

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    You know, I come to this store every time I'm in Glenridding but I have No Idea what it's called! (I'll look next time).

    What to buy: It sells sandwiches, drinks, books, magazines, postcards, "gifts", maps... most things that you'd be looking for on a day trip.

    What to pay: A bit more than the high street, but this is not the high street.

    Glenridding Store

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Ullswater Local Customs

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    by steventilly Written Aug 20, 2003

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    Throughout lakeland (indeed, in many rural walking areas) you will find "kissing gates". These gates only allow you through one-at-a-time and tradition is that the first one through will block the way for the next one until payment of a kiss is received. Better when you're out walking with members of the opposite sex! ;-)

    By The Kissing Gate

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Ullswater Warnings and Dangers

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    by steventilly Written Aug 20, 2003

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    The RAF run low flying exercises over the lakes throughout the year. Sometimes these planes appear "out of nowhere" and give you quite a fright. Other times you hear them coming and are more prepared. "Best" places for these planes is Ullswater and Grasmere in my experience.

    Tornado

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Ullswater What to Pack

  • Water shoes

    If you want to go anywhere near the lake, take some shoes that you can wear in the water to avoid treading on all the stones! Be wary of your dog's paws too and consider taking something to help a hurt paw (Barney cut his paw in the water)

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  • Lake district means walking(if you have...

    holdall will do, A rucksack is essential for carrying your daily supplies whilst out and about casual clothes,fleeces t-shirts etc, walking boots and good waterproofes, hat and gloves if you intend tackling any of the higher peaks Insect repellant, blister treatment , basic first aid kit to care for scratches , grazes etc.In the summer dont...

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Ullswater Off The Beaten Path

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    by Roeffie Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Dalemain Historic House and Gardens

    Opening Times:
    House 11.00 - 16.00 hrs.
    Gardens & Facilities 10.30 - 17.00 hrs.
    Closed on Fridays and Saturdays

    Admission:
    House and Gardens
    £ 5.00 (Adults),
    £ 3.00(Children)
    £ 13.00 (family, 2 Adults, 2 Children)
    Gardens only
    £ 3.00 (Adults), free (Children)

    Dalemain house and gardens

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Ullswater Favorites

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    by steventilly Written Aug 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The village was once a lead mining community, at its peak in the early 1800's. The "village" of Greenside (up the beck on my main picture) was the centre of it, and Greenside is now a kind of suburb of Glenridding, if a place this small can have a suburb.
    The beck was damned to provide water power for the mines and the damn once burst carrying rubble downstream which all but destryed the village. The pier of the ferry landings is supposedly built on (or of) this rubble.The remains of the damn can still be seen if you take the Greenside path up Helvellyn.
    In the car park is a monument to the mining heritage.

    Mining Monument

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