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    Ullswater is the second largest lake in the English Lake District, being approximately 9 miles (14.5 kilometres) long and 0.75 miles (1200 metres) wide with an average depth of around 200 feet (60 metres).

    Many people regard Ullswater as the most beautiful of the English lakes it has been compared to the superb Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. It is a typical Lake District narrow "ribbon lake" formed after the last ice age when a glacier scooped out the valley floor, the deepened section filled with melt water when the glacier retreated, and it became a lake. The surrounding mountains give Ullswater the shape of an elongated "Z" giving it three separate segments (or "reaches") which wend their way through the surrounding hills.

    The origin of the name "Ullswater" is uncertain. Some say it comes from the name of the Nordic chief Ulf who ruled over the area; however, there was a Saxon Lord of Greystoke called Ulphus whose land came down to the lake shore. The lake may have been named Ulf's Water in honour of either of these. Alternatively, it may be named after the Norse god Ullr, also known as Ull.

    The village of Glenridding is situated at the southern end of the lake, popular with tourists of all kinds but especially mountain walkers who can scale England's third highest mountain, Helvellyn, and many other challenging peaks from here. The village has ample accommodation including two Youth Hostels and camp sites. The village of Pooley Bridge is at the northern extremity of the lake. Its narrow 16th-century bridge straddling the River Eamont as it flows out of Ullswater, it is overlooked by Dunmallard Hill which was the site of an Iron Age fort. For much of its length Ullswater forms the border between the traditional counties of Cumberland and Westmorland.

    One of the attractions of Ullswater is the lake steamers which offer tourist trips around the lake calling at Pooley Bridge and Glenridding, and also at Howtown during the summer. The steamers were originally working boats which from the 1850s moved mail, workers and goods to and from the Greenside lead mine at Glenridding which closed in 1962. Today there are three steamers plying the waters of Ullswater, "Raven", "Lady of the Lake", and "Lady Dorothy". People may catch the steamer from Glenridding to Howtown during the summer and then return on foot back along the lakeshore to complete one of the most popular and scenic low level walks in the Lake District.

    Ullswater is very popular as a sailing location with sailing marinas situated around the lake. At weekends especially the lake is dotted with many yachts but there are facilities also for diving, rowing and motorboats. Another of Ullswater's attractions is the spectacular waterfall of Aira Force midway along the lake on the western side. (Ullswater lies partly within the National Trust's Ullswater and Aira Force property.) Close to the falls is Lyulph's Tower, a pele tower or castellated building, built by a former Duke of Norfolk as a shooting box.

    Sir Donald Campbell set the world water speed record on Ullswater on July 23, 1955, when he piloted the jet-propelled hydroplane "Bluebird K7" to a speed of 202.32 mph (325.53 km/h).

    Just south of Pooley Bridge on the lake's eastern shore is Eusemere, where anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson (17601846) lived; the house gives one of the best views of the lower reach of Ullswater. William and Dorothy Wordsworth were friends of Clarkson and visited on many occasions. After visiting Clarkson in April 1802 Wordsworth was inspired to write the poem "Daffodils" after seeing daffodils growing on the shores of Ullswater on his journey back to Grasmere. Wordsworth once wrote of Ullswater: "it is the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur, which any of the lakes affords".

    Ullswater is also the home to Ullswater Yacht Club, and the prestigious Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy, which is held annually on the first weekend in July. This regularly attracts upwards of 200 sailing boats and comprises 2 races, both of which cover the full length of the lake

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    Default Is this the most beautiful lake in Lakeland?

    It gets my vote but check out these trips and make up your own mind:

    Camping on Ullswater
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ead.php?t=1575

    Changeable weather on Ullswater
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ead.php?t=2295

    A short trip to Aira Beck
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ead.php?t=4992
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    Default Launching Point / Access

    A lot of people park in Glenridding in a car park next to the steamer launch.

    This is located at the southern end of Ullswater.

    I launch form a lay-by car park further north. This is a free car park and is only a few feet from the water. The big disadvantage is that you have to cross the main road to get to the water.

    However there is usually space in the lay-by even in high season.

    A warning on Ullswater is that firstly it is often very windy on the lake with quite large waves due to its length. Secondly the shore edges are very steep and made of loose pebbles (especially on the eastern shore) and they drop off quickly front he shore line. This can prove dangerous and should be kept in mind when launching/landing.

    I like Ullswater and it is one of the quieter large lakes for water craft.

    Link to my Google map for my launching / access:

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msa...1e651fa3a4bf72

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    PaddleGuide's Ullswater page is HERE
    'Of all the paths you choose in life, make sure some of them are wet'

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    Default Ullswater Canoe Trail

    This link has useful information and route suggestions

    Ullswater Canoe Trail

    Also a couple of my recent trip reports on Ullswater:

    Half day around the southern end of the lake
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ead.php?t=7786

    An autumn paddle
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ead.php?t=7275
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    Default LakeDistrictOutdoors Page

    The Lakedistrictoutdoors page for Ullswater, giving details of access, parking etc is here:

    http://www.lakedistrictoutdoors.co.u...ies.cfm?id=201

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeland Pete View Post
    Link to my Google map for my launching / access:

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msa...1e651fa3a4bf72

    Pete
    thanks for the tip, duly marked on my OS map


    that is a spooky map location. As of Oct 2010 you can see a white light aircraft apparently on the ground in the trees (or extremely low) just west of there


    here is a useful map of Ullswater, shows the private shoreline but it doesnt have many of the unoffical beach launching locations close to laybys on the main road
    http://mediafiles.thedms.co.uk/Publi...lswatermap.pdf
    Last edited by Adrian; 4th-October-2010 at 08:23 PM.

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    Hi folks,
    Just trying to decide whether or Weather to take my sevylor K2 for a paddle off Tynemouth tomorrow- but its a light offshore breeze, or pop over to Ullswater my favourite place . Im sure i was reading this forum the other week and stumbled across an Ullswater weather report that had wind and water conditions on it? Anyone remember this/ know where I can find it.?

    Cheers.

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    I find bbc weather is pretty accurate for the Lakes. Looks good for Ullswater tomorrow, southerly wind staying in single figs all day and SUN!!!! I of course have a pass for rainy Sunday.
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    Looks good for Ullswater early on, getting a bit windier later on. The wind there is will be coming up the lake by afternoon, so I'd start at the Pooley Bridge end, head SW whilst the wind is lighter, then turn for home so its behind you if it does build up.

    Winds do look light for Tynemouth though! But as you say, blowing you outwards...

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    thanks for the replies,
    Cumbria must be a penines thing- the BBC is usually wrong over here,lol.

    As it happens Tynemouth as its a mile away and forecast to be warmer won the day.
    was in the sea for 7-15 this morning, wind prediction was wrong and got quite up by high tide and was getting difficult to make any outward progress against tide and wind. Chucked it in at 10-30 high tide- exhausted, lol. but fun couple of hours in 1ft swells.

    lucky to have this info at hand. tho as I said wind was deffo onshore at the north end of the beach.

    http://magicseaweed.com/Tynemouth-Lo...urf-Report/26/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Looks good for Ullswater early on, getting a bit windier later on. The wind there is will be coming up the lake by afternoon, so I'd start at the Pooley Bridge end, head SW whilst the wind is lighter, then turn for home so its behind you if it does build up.

    Winds do look light for Tynemouth though! But as you say, blowing you outwards...

    Mal, where you getting that wind information for ullswater from? just the sort of info Im wanting.

    Enjoyed your ullswater blogg, not sure where that is, forgive me if im posting stuff in wrong places, trying to get used to the forum.

    Camped and fell walked from Waterside house for 20 odd years, and been hiring the canoes there since a serious ankle injury 5 years ago. Idea being enjoy the lake district without agitating bad ankle- not working due to getting in and out at Lake shore and crossing sandy beaches- oops, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthTyne View Post
    Mal, where you getting that wind information for ullswater from? just the sort of info Im wanting.
    Think that was from XCWeather, good for wind.

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