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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.

Book Your Stay

Beech House

Beech House

Bed & Breakfast with 7 rooms, £40-£68 pppn

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

Guest House with 7 rooms, £100-£180 prpnb

Leeming House

Macdonald Leeming House

Hotel with 41 rooms, £65-£242 pppnb

Talbot House

Talbot House & Talbot Studio

Self-catering with 2 units, £368-£695 pupw sleeps 2-5

The Waternook Estate

Waternook & The Great Barn

Self-catering with 2 units, £3300-£8400 pupw sleeps 1-12

Stone Cottage

Stone Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £750-£1495 pupw sleeps 2-6

The Patterdale Hotel

The Patterdale Hotel

Hotel with 57 rooms, £34-£400 pppnb

Wordsworth Barn Living Area

Wordsworth Barn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £425-£725 pupw sleeps 1-2

The Quiet Site Glamping Pods

The Quiet Site Glamping

Glamping with 28 units, £35-£999 pupn sleeps 2-6

Hause Hall, Cruick Barn & The Stables

Hause Hall, Cruik Barn & Stables

Self-catering with 1 unit, £3787-£43354 pupw sleeps 1-18

Ullswater View Cottage kitchen

Ullswater View Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £347-£558 pupw sleeps 1-6

Crookwath Cottage Lounge

Crookwath Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £840-£1295 pupw sleeps 2-6

Lady of the Lake

Waterfoot Park - Self Catering

Self-catering with 9 units, £795-£1195 pupw sleeps 1-8

Quiet Site Caravan Park

The Quiet Site Holiday Park

Touring Park with 90 pitches, £30-£100 ptpn

Broad How

Broad How

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1750 pupw sleeps 12-16

Ullswater Caravan Camping & Marine Park

Ullswater Holiday Park

Touring & Camping Park with 160 pitches, £14 ptpn

Whitbarrow Village

Whitbarrow Village

Self-catering with 6 units, £895-£1695 pupw sleeps 2-8

Waterfoot Caravan Park

Waterfoot Park - Touring

Holiday & Touring Park with 34 pitches, £28 ptpn

Hillcroft Holiday Park

Hillcroft Holiday Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 56 pitches, £16 ptpn

Crown Inn at Pooley Bridge

Crown Inn at Pooley Bridge

Inn with 17 rooms

Park Foot Holiday Park

Park Foot Holiday Park

Self-catering with 16 units, £420-£1100 pupw sleeps 1-10

Park Foot Holiday Park

Park Foot Holiday Park

Touring & Camping Park with 330 pitches, £13 ptpn

The Bothy

The Bothy at Rushgill House

Bed & Breakfast with 1 room, £120 prpnb

Waterfoot Park - Glamping Pod

Waterfoot Park - Glamping

Glamping with 4 units, £201 pupn sleeps 2-4

Things to do

What's on

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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
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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