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Ullswater

The glittering lake of Ullswater, extending from Pooley Bridge to Patterdale, is at the heart of this area. Whether descending from the lofty heights of Kirkstone or tagging the western shoreline the views are outstanding with new vistas revealed at every twist and turn in the road.

In the 18th century, the lake attracted the attention of artists and poets seeking creative inspiration. Today, it is mainly recreational activities that drive people to these shores, whether for the pleasure of cruising down the lake with Ullswater ‘Steamers’, taking part in various water sports (sailing, boating, canoeing and windsurfing) or attempting strenuous ascents of Helvellyn (via Striding Edge), St Sunday Crag or the Fairfield Horseshoe.

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Talbot Studio living room

Talbot House & Talbot Studio

Self-catering with 2 units, £335-£632 pupw sleeps 2-5

Ullswater House

Ullswater House

Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £48-£50 pppnb, £110-£120 prpnb

Beech House

Beech House

Bed & Breakfast with 7 rooms, £40-£65 pppn

Lowthwaite B&B

Lowthwaite B&B

Bed & Breakfast with 4 rooms, £40-£50 pppnb

The Waternook Estate

Waternook & The Great Barn

Self-catering with 2 units, £0-£8400 pupw sleeps 1-12

Patterdale Hall Estate

Patterdale Hall Estate

Self-catering with 11 units, £290-£690 pupw sleeps 2-6

Mosscrag Guest House

Mosscrag Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £30-£49 pppnb

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

Guest House with 7 rooms, £46-£140 prpnb

Wydon Farm

Poppy, Lavender and Daisy Cottage

Self-catering with 3 units, £320-£680 pupw sleeps 1-5

Whitbarrow Hotel

Whitbarrow Hotel

Hotel with 25 rooms, £85-£167 prpnb

Leeming House

Macdonald Leeming House

Hotel with 41 rooms, £75-£281 pppnb

Wordsworth Barn Living Area

Wordsworth Barn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £385-£715 pupw sleeps 1-2

Double En-suite Bedroom

Wordsworth Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £495-£1025 pupw sleeps 2-6

The Patterdale Hotel

The Patterdale Hotel

Hotel with 57 rooms, £39-£60 pppnb

Another Place, The Lake

Another Place, The Lake

Hotel with 40 rooms, £270-£320 pppnb, £160-£355 prpnb

Ullswater View Cottage kitchen

Ullswater View Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £315-£516 pupw sleeps 1-6

Stone Cottage living room

Stone Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £750-£1450 pupw sleeps 2-6

The Inn on the Lake

Inn on the Lake

Hotel with 47 rooms, £85-£105 pppnb

Beckside Cabins

Beckside Cabins

Chalet with 1 unit, £740-£750 pupw sleeps 1-5

Lowther Barn Tearoom & B&B

Lowther Barn Tearoom and B&B

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £79 prpnb

The Byre living area

The Byre

Self-catering with 1 unit, £500-£850 pupw sleeps 4

Deepdale Hall Farm

Deepdale Hall Farmhouse

Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £45-£50 pppnb

Glenridding House

Glenridding House

Bed & Breakfast with 6 rooms, £200-£300 prpnb

Quiet Site Caravan Park

The Quiet Site Holiday Park

Touring Park with 90 pitches, £15-£1600 ptpn

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There are a variety of events taking place in and around the Ullswater area.

From shows and fairs to outdoor cinema events, check out what is on during your visit and browse the events of most interest to you.

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Surrounding Areas

Pooley Bridge
Glenridding Village
Patterdale
Helvellyn
Aira Force

Culture and Heritage

Aira Force
Ullswater Boat House
Red Deer Stagg, Martindale
Many prehistoric remains have been found on the high ground. The so-called Cockpit on Barton Fell is a large stone circle of Neolithic date. Another stone circle and a stone avenue have been identified on Moor Divock dating from 2500-1500 BC.

On nearby Swarth Fell there is a circle of 65 stones of which only one remains upright today. Several routes across the fells converge at this point, suggesting that this spur of high ground between Ullswater and Heltondale has been used as a trade route and settlement site from time immemorial.

The Romans also commandeered this high ground to link their two forts at Brougham (Brocavum) and Ambleside (Galava) by a paved road known as High Street.

Ancient British settlements have been found in Bannerdale and Deepdale and near Glencoyne Farm and Hartsop Hall. A fort sits atop Dunmallard Hill at the northern end of Ullswater providing unrivalled views down the lake. Another hill fort lies 2 miles (3.2 km) west at Maiden Castle. This long-standing history of occupation implies that food supplies must have been plentiful. Fish would be taken from the lake, and wild boar and deer hunted in the extensive woodlands.

During the early 19th century William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, often came to stay in Ullswater. In April 1802, Wordsworth was inspired to write his famous ode after seeing a profusion of daffodils at Gowbarrow Park.

However, a few decades later, the tranquil beauty of the area was to change with industrial exploitation of the Greenside Lead Mine at Glenridding which operated for over 140 years and was one of the most profitable mining ventures in the north of England. More than 3 million tons of ore were extracted from this exceptionally rich lead vein before mining ceased in 1962. Huge spoil heaps overshadow a complex of mine buildings whilst, further down the valley, gaunt rows of slate terraced houses provided accommodation for miners who came from all over the country.

Ullswater ‘Steamers' began operating in 1859, initially to bring food and provisions for the miners at Glenridding, but the service quickly became popular with tourists.

Ullswater Boat Cruise

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