History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The steamer, which is based at Glenridding, first began plying these waters in 1877, carrying mail, passengers, and freight up and down the lake. There are 4 boats; the Lady of the Lake has been in service since 1877, and she was joined in 1889 by Raven. More recent newcomers to the Ullswater run are the Lady Dorothy (2001) and Lady Wakefield (2007).
If you prefer dryland navigation, Ullswater boasts access to some of the most popular walks in the Lake District. The best base for walkers is the area around Glenridding, where well-signed routes lead up to Helvellyn. The benefit of coming from the Ullswater side, rather than the Thirlemere side of Helvellyn, is that you can cross the dramatic arrete known as Striding Edge, which leads to the summit of Helvellyn.
And if views are up your street, try Hallin Fell, on the eastern shore of Ullswater. Park at Howton church, and follow a steep but short path uphill to the summit of the Fell, for superb views up Ullswater or east into remote Martindale. If you fancy stretching your legs, the seven mile walk along the eastern shore from Howton to Patterdale has been called the best lakeside walk in the National Park.
You will not be the first to admire the views around Ullswater; poet William Wordsworth was inspired by the scenery of Gowbarrow Park, near Aira Force, to write his most famous poem, Daffodils.
Address: Glenridding, Lake District, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Countryside - Lake
Location: Ullswater can be accessed from the M6, junction 40 at Penrith. The A592 runs down the western shore of the lake and allows access from Windermere and Ambleside to the south.
Photo Credit: David Ross
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Aira Force - 2.7 miles (Countryside)
High Force Waterfall - 2.7 miles (Countryside)
Dacre, St Andrews Church - 3.9 miles (Historic Church)
Dalemain - 4.4 miles (Historic House)
Brothers Water - 5.2 miles (Countryside)
Lowther Castle and Gardens - 5.3 miles (Historic House)
Mayburgh Henge - 6.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
King Arthur's Round Table - 6.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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Visitor Information Point
Tel: 01768 486 135