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Try something new on the water this summer and learn to ‘SUP’ with our friends at Ullswater Paddleboarding. The BSUPA-qualified instructors will ensure you have maximum fun safely as you get to grips with the basics of paddleboarding before going on an adventure tour of Ullswater.
All equipment can be provided.
The fells in the Lake District offer some of the best running trails in the UK. The authors of Wild Running have selected six of their favourite trails. We recommend a run along the eastern shore of Ullswater from Patterdale in the south to Pooley Bridge in the north.
Our two day Mountain Fitness Retreat will make the most of the Lake District and natural landscape. Dates include 6-8 October.
Open water swimming is allowed in most of the lakes including Ullswater. There is some boat traffic so be aware of the SwimSafe code before you get in the water. There are a few groups in the area providing coaching and events in lake swimming.
Our Swim Clinic will allow you to improve your technique and stamina with a qualified swim coach. Dates include 22-24 September and 20-22 October.
Sail straight to our door with Ullswater Yacht Club and Sailing School. Pick up your boat from our jetty and sail the nine-mile long lake at your own pace, with fully qualified Royal Yachting Association instructors. Whether you are a complete novice or an accomplished sailor the sailing school works with individuals or groups of all ages with a range of training boats.
The quiet roads and off-road tracks in the area are great for cycling and mountain biking. You can hire bikes from the following: St Patrick’s Boat Landing (017684 82393), Park Foot Caravan and Camping Park (017684 86309), Waterside House Campsite (017684 86332) and ATK Lakeland, who will deliver bikes to the hotel (017684 83921). Check out the new Lakes & Dales Loop, a 196 mile circular route that circumnavigates the Lake District, suitable for cyclists of all abilities.
Whether you want to go ambling or mountain walking, there are routes, footpaths and tracks around Ullswater for everyone, including The Ullswater Way – the brand new 20-mile route that circumnavigates the lake. Be sure to dress appropriately and check the weather before you walk. For maps and further advice visit the Pooley Bridge and Glenridding tourist information centres. Glenridding Guides (017684 82957) offer a variety of guided walks.
Distant Horizons (017684 86465) provide half and full day canoe and kayak tours on Ullswater. They also do an evening paddle on Ullswater, including a BBQ on the beach. The really intrepid can take part in their guided or self-guided overnight expedition. Distant Horizons provide several outdoor activities and a range of corporate packages and teambuilding events.
Raise, a fell on the Helvellyn range between Thirlmere and Ullswater, has the best snow conditions in the Lakes, with up to nine distinct, ungroomed pistes. The volunteer-run Lake District Ski Club operates a 360-metre button tow on Raise, providing a unique skiing experience. To use their facilities you have to join the club and buy a lift pass. Visit their website for more information.
In today’s world, light pollution stops most of us from being able to see the night sky in all its glory. Fortunately, the Lake District National Park offers truly stunning stellar vistas with two designated sites that have been awarded Dark Sky Discovery Status.
The dog-friendly Ullswater Steamers (017684 82229) run daily cruises on the lake between Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, stopping in the summer at Howtown. From Glenridding you can also cruise to Aira Force Pier, from where you can do the Aira Force waterfall walk. The Ullswater Steamers have been going for over 150 years and are a great way to see the length of the lake.
Ullswater is best known for its stock of wild brown trout. The trout fishing season runs March to September. Fishing for perch and pike takes place all year round. You don’t need a permit to fish in Ullswater but you do need a National Rivers Authority rod licence. You can buy one on a daily, weekly and annual basis from the Ullswater Tourist Information Centre (017684 82414). The Ullswater Petrol Station at Glenridding does tackle, bait and rod hire (017684 82008).
You can discover the Lake District countryside on horseback with Rookin House Equestrian & Activity Centre (017684 83561). Based in Troutbeck, four miles north of Ullswater, Rookin House offer a range of other activities including quad biking, go karting, archery and clay pigeon shooting. Park Foot Pony Trekking (017684 86696) run supervised treks in the open fells above Ullswater.
The Lake District has a rich mix of heritage, cultural and family-friendly places to visit whatever the season.
Take the Ullswater Steamer to the new pier at National Trust-run Aira Force. Tackle the towering peaks, watch the tumbling waterfall, paddle, picnic, or admire the views from the tearoom – there’s so much on offer for all ages at this must-visit Ullswater gem. For opening times and more information, head on over to the website.
Swing through the canopy at Whinlatter Forest and see all the way to Scotland. A day out for the whole family, enjoy a Tree Top Adventure in the beautiful forest and ride zip slides through skies and over water in England’s only true mountain forest. If that’s not enough fun for one day, you can also get off road and enjoy an epic forest adventure with Go Ape Forest Segway – an awesome segway experience in the Lakes with a down to earth twist.
The Dalemain mansion and gardens, two or three miles from the Pooley Bridge end of Ullswater, have been in the Hasell family since 1679. The family still lives there today but visitors can stroll through the property to discover fascinating interiors and historic parkland. Homemade food is served in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom. For opening times visit the website. (017684 86450)
Ullswater is the perfect base to explore The Lake District’s festivals, exhibitions and events celebrating music, food, sport and culture.
A 60-mile cycle ride starting from Penrith and winding through the super scenery of the Eden Valley along quiet roads. The route is undulating, but without major hill climbs.
Listen to World-class speakers, try the outdoor activities, dance to live music and rise to the challenge of competing in one of the sporting events at Keswick Mountain Festival. Entry for the sporting events is open now.
The Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy is back for its 55th year on Ullswater. The sailing regatta attracts keen sailors, from novices to national champions, from all over the country to race the full length of the lake.