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

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises

The spectacular voyage gives you views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the delightful wooded islands.

Indoor climbing wall

Ambleside Climbing Wall

Here at Ambleside Climbing Wall there's an indoor climbing wall, bouldering room, and cafe. There's also a room dedicated to climbing gear, which can be hired.

Windermere

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere.  See the house first created by William Gaddum, a silk merchant from Manchester, as his family's 'summer house'.  Brows

Beatrix Potter Hill Top

Hill Top (Beatrix Potter)

Full of her favourite things, the house looks like Beatrix has just stepped out for a walk. Don't miss the lovely cottage garden.

Rabbits

The World of Beatrix Potter

Take a walk through Miss Potter's famous tales, complete with animatronics and walk-through scenes from her stories. Don't forget to exit through the gift shop!

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

Visit the barely-changed home of famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. You'll find plenty to inspire you in the museum too.

Ambleside

Walking and Rambling in Ambleside

A range of information on local walks is available from the hostel - just ask at reception and our friendly staff will be able to recommend a great walk for you.

Watersports

Watersports in Ambleside

The Lake District was made for wild swimming and with this hostel right on the edge of England's largest lake, Windermere, it would be rude not to.

Golf

Keswick Golf Club

An 18 hole golf course offering a unique golfing experience - with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Lakeland Fells.

cycling

Cycling around Hawkshead

YHA Hawkshead is a fantastic location for road and mountain bikers, be they novice, families or experienced. Grizedale Forest The forest is a mecca for mountain bikers in the north west and YHA Ha

Garden

Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill

Acorn Bank Garden is a National Trust garden, best known for its collection of herbs. Wander along the beck to the partially restored watermill. Visit the National Trust website

Aira Force waterfalls

Aira Force Waterfalls

Indulge in impressive mountain scenery and a 65ft waterfall that inspired many of Wordsworth's great works. See the National Trust website See the Visit Cumbria website

Ashgill Force

Ashgill Force

The highest waterfall in the area, the gill falls a spectacular 50ft into a pool in the wooded valley below.

arts and crafts

Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House

From the leaf-shaped door handles to the carved wooden panelling, Blackwell is an important icon of Arts and Crafts architecture. Visit the website

climbing

Climbing in Grasmere

Climb and scramble to your hearts content and enjoy the spectacular views from this beautiful part of the country.