The Lake District: Ullswater

The shore of Ullswater is famous as the place that inspired Wordsworth to write his poem ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud‘, after a lakeshore walk in 1802, and it’s also where Donald Campbell broke the world water speed record on 23 July 1955 in the jet powered Bluebird K7. The lake is a ribbon lake formed after the last ice age, sculpted by three separate glaciers.

There were no speed boats on the lake, they’re banned now, and the season for daffodils was over on the dull, cloudy morning when we went on a ‘steamer’ on Ullswater, during our recent holiday in the Lake District. The Ullswater ‘Steamers’ have been sailing on the lake since 1859 and the oldest boat currently still in use is the Lady of the Lake, built in 1877, believed to be the oldest working passenger vessel in the world. It was in steam until the 1930s and it was the boat we boarded for our trip down the length of the lake and back again.

Waiting for the boat at Glenridding Pier
Waiting for the boat at Glenridding Pier
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On board the Lady of the Lake

Even though the weather wasn’t very good it wasn’t raining and we had a pleasant trip with views of both sides of the lake and the mountains .

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Norfolk Island, Ullswater
Pooley Bridge pier P1010112
Pooley Bridge Pier
return journey P1010120

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10 thoughts on “The Lake District: Ullswater

  1. Your post brought back memories of my visit to the Lake District, Windermere mainly many many years ago. I must go back. I remember visiting the Dove Cottage in Grasmere (?) where Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy used to live.


  2. How lovely in a grey, dreary English kind of way!!
    So many of my holiday snaps to the uk look the same – esp my time in the Lakes District.
    However I didn’t visit Ullswater – the boat trip looks great.


  3. Lovely photos. We didn’t get to go on the lake as we had planned last year as the rain was torrential when we reached Ullswater. Hopefully we’ll manage the next time.


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