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United Kingdom
Lake Ullswater
Lake Ullswater (114)
Trip Date:2007-05-08 - 2007-05-09
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Countries visited:United Kingdom
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The Lake District National Park is a beautiful area in the NW of England with lakes (obviously) and mountains. We often visit just for the day as it's only 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours drive from home, but occasionally we stay longer. On this occasion we set off early one morning, stayed overnight and returned home the following evening.
The first day we spent most of the time at either end of Lake Ullswater.
At a length of 9 miles Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District National Park. (Windermere is the largest) The villages of Pooley Bridge and Patterdale lie at the northern and southern ends respectively. Glenridding is very close to Patterdale and is the village where you can get a steamer to travel to the other end of the lake.
It was raining when we arrived so we thought we had better have an easy walk and keep off the mountain tops. You can walk all the way along a path from Patterdale to Pooley Bridge and then get the steamer back to Glenridding, from where you can walk back to Patterdale if thatís where you left your car. We hadn't walked far when the rain stopped and the light was really good. That evening we spent time at the other end of the lake and drove up a narrow road to Martindale, where the light was still pretty good.
The next day we drove to Crummock Water to see the bluebells. The famous Rannerdale bluebells are just opposite Crummock water and can be reached easily from a car park just off the road. There are more blubells on the other side of Crummock Water but they can only be reached on foot by walking round the back of the lake on a path that is frequently muddy.