Ullswater

Ullswater

Overview

The second largest lake in the Lake District is nine miles long, snaking through a stunning valley between high mountains, none more impressive than Helvellyn to its southwest. Steamers have stopped at the Ullswater villages of Glenridding and Pooley Bridge for 150 years, and boating, kayaking and horse riding are also available in the area.

Nearest hostel: YHA Patterdale

Hostels nearby

YHA Helvellyn and river

YHA Helvellyn

Private rooms available
Licensed bar
Meals available

Ullswater

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Map references

OS Grid Ref: NY470243

Lat/Lng: 54.537148, -2.628307

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Ullswater Steamer and sailboat

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Ullswater Steamers

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Glenridding Sailing Centre from on Ullswater

Glenridding Sailing Centre

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