Ullswater
Penrith, North Lakes

Details for Ullswater

Ullswater steamer jetty
Ullswater looking west

Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District and is one of England's most beautiful lakes, located between Pooley Bridge and Glenridding. The lake is surrounded by fantastic backdrop of mountains and there are amazing views of the surrounding fells.

Ullswater's mirrored surface and softly curved shore of green fields, trees and steep rock face is a view not to be missed. You may even catch sight of a red squirrel or a wild deer. The lake itself is 7.5 miles in length, ¾ mile wide and in places 205 feet deep. 

Ullswater is a narrow 'ribbon lake' a typical shape of lakes found in the Lake District, shaped by glaciers during the ice age. Ullswater is said to have a dog legs appearance as it has three distinct bends. William Wordsworth got inspiration to write his poems from his discoveries around Ullswater.

Around the lake there is a variety of hotels, restaurants, farmhouses, country houses, B&B's as well as holiday cottages and camping and caravanning sites. Pooley Bridge is located at the northern end of the lake and Glenridding which is very popular with mountain walkers lies at the most southern end of the lake, here walkers can scale England's third highest mountain Helvellyn. The village of Howton can be found halfway down Ullswater. The village and hamlets offer a selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants to suite all budgets.

There are many activities available on Ullswater Lake including sailing, fishing, sail-boarding and cruising. At the weekend Ullswater is dotted with many yachts, motorboats and rowing boats. Around the lake visitors can choose between gentle short walks or testing hill walks. There are even facilities for cycling, horse-riding, rock climbing and...