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Ullswater in the Lake District

Welcome to the EDGE Guide to Ullswater in Cumbria.

Ullswater lake in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Length: 7.5mls/12km.
Nearest towns.
Penrith NW via the A66 and A592, 5mls/7km.
Ambleside S via the A592 and a minor road known as the "Struggle" (be careful) turn right just past the pub at the top of Kirkstone Pass, 8mls/14km.
Bowness and Windermere S on the A592, 12mls/20km.

Location map

Ullswater is probably the best of the Lakes though not the most frequently visited.

There is a ferry service running the length of the lake from the villages of Pooley Bridge at the north and Glenridding in the south.

Sailing, diving, rowing and motorboats are all allowed and boats can be rented by the hour.

Lake Windermere has all these and more but Ullswater undoubtedly has the better scenery it is truly outstanding.

Fells on both sides and to the south rise magnificently to the heavens - they also offer great hiking.

The A592 road down the western shore of the Lake and connects Penrith with Ambleside and Bowness. Along this road you will find many small car parks and places to stop and enjoy the beautiful views.

The eastern shore is often neglected by visitors, this is a shame though perhaps understandable given that the road is a dead end.

However you will be rewarded for your trouble, there are some dramatic valleys and good paths up to Place Fell and others.

Glenridding and Pooley Bridge can supply you with food and hiking gear if you want to spend a day in the fells.

Ullswater in the Lake District, Cumbria.
Ullswater from Glenridding.


There are simply too many individual walks to list here.

Most of the lake shore is accessible and there are numerous paths leading up to the fells where the views get even better.

Whether you want to have a relaxing stroll or tackle something more challenging you are sure to find a path to suit and all in tremendous countryside.


In the north east corner of the Lake District National Park.


Map of Ullswater