Located in the northern half of Lake District National Park, Ullswater Lake is the second-largest lake in the area and is consistently cited as one of the most beautiful English lakes. Often compared to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, it is 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) long, 0.75 miles (1,200 meters) wide and has a distinct “Z” shape, which is enhanced by the steep mountains that surround it.

The village of Glenridding, located at the southern end of the lake, is the main gathering place in the area. It is especially popular with tourists, as it’s the starting point of the long hike to the top of England’s third-highest mountain, Helvellyn, along the Striding Edge. (This hike, however, is not for unexperienced mountaineers and should be planned with care.) The village is also where most of the nautical-equipment-rental shops are, for activities such as boating, sailing, rowing, diving and windsurfing. Two Victorian steamer boats circle the lake from Glenridding year-round, while three newer, diesel-run boats offer more frequent trips.

Practical Info

Ullswater Lake and Glenridding can be reached from Newcastle in 1.45 hours via the A69, the M6 and the A592. The trip takes just over two hours from Liverpool and Manchester via the M6, the A591 and the A592.

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3-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Enjoy two nights stay at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel located close to Lake Windermere. This comfortable hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter is set in ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $486.74

3-Day Lake District and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Spend three days discovering the secrets of Roman Britain and the stunning English Lake District on this small group tour from Edinburgh. Follow the route of ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $367.26

Private Tour: Lake District Day Trip from Windermere

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the beauty of the Lake District on this full-day tour, led by an expert driver-guide. Relax in the comfort of your very own private vehicle as you’re ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.62

Lake District Tour from Windermere: Ten Lakes in One Winter Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

See 10 lakes in one day on a 6.5-hour tour around the idyllic Lake District from Windermere! With an expert local guide, travel by coach around the region to ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.25

Ullswater Lake Boat Ride

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Enjoy a day on England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater. Ullswater ‘Steamers’ create the perfect opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Ullswater ...  Read more

Location: Penrith, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.50

4-Day Beatrix Potter Experience in Lake District Including Lakeland Tour, Ten Lakes Tours and Lake Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Discover the best of the Lake District and the places that inspired Beatrix Potter on this 4-day experience based in Bowness-on-Windermere. Stay three nights ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $678.48

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