Watersports in Patterdale
Ullswater, the second largest lake in England is great for a wide variety of watersports from sailing to windsurfing. If you haven't got your own kit you can hire everything you need from the sailing centre, who also offer launching and storing facilities. If you want to take it slightly easier, take a trip on the Ullswater Steamer and compliment it with a return walk from Howtown.
What makes it special
- Sail on the tranquil, less frequented, Ullswater
Other things to do nearby
Situated on the Coast to Coast route, the hostel is great for accessing Helvellyn, the second highest mountain in the Lakes.
1.5 miles A ferry service with great views of “England’s most beautiful lake”. Sails from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge, stopping in the summer at Howtown.
Ullswater is great for a wide variety of water sports from sailing to windsurfing - you can even travel light and hire all the equipment you need from the sailing centre. A trip on the Ullswater St
For the full mountain experience, serious climbers can try the exposed technical routes of Dove Crag, Raven Crag and Eagle Crag - three star routes within walking distance of the hostel.
To fully experience Lake Ullswater, hire a self-drive motor, fishing or rowing boat or cycle the shoreline on a Mountain bike. Visit the website
Hire out a sailboat, canoe or kayak for use on Ullswater. A range of courses are offered. Visit the Centre's website for more details.
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
If you take on a high level walk up Helvellyn you'll be rewarded with fantastic views down to the Solway Firth, Morecambe Bay and, in clear weather, Scafel Pike. The low level walks around Ullswate
Bike up Helvellyn, the second highest mountain in the Lake District, to get your heart pumping! Or if you fancy a lakeside route try Ullswater Singletrack near High Street and Place Fell.
An activity centre offering horse riding for all abilities, archery and quad biking to name but a few. Visit the website for full details
Climb and scramble to your hearts content and enjoy the spectacular views from this beautiful part of the country.
Jump on your bike and enjoy the rolling landscape. Seasoned pro or just fancy a ride, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Grasmere offers a great range of fantastic walking routes, with maps available from the hostel.
The hostel is in a central location, halfway between Grizedale Forest and Whinlatter so there's plenty of scope for a good ride with a fully equipped bike shed with work stands, pump and bi
Moving on from the Wordsworth family home to his own house in the village of Rydal, the great poet lived, wrote and entertained here from age 43 until his death at 80 in 1850.
Activities for all the family, from budding geologists to hopeful prospectors. Take an underground tour or try mineral panning. Visit the website