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Ullswater, Cumbria. There are four main routes to this lake: from the South via the Kirkstone Pass, from the North by leaving the A66 at Troutbeck station, and from the East either from Penrith or via Pooley Bridge. Between the Troutbeck and Penrith routes are several smaller roads; but the north and south approaches are the only roads.in their areas. The Kirkstone road is the A592, a main north and south through road for the Lakes. It gives magnificent views over Patterdale, but probably the best way to see the lake itself is to approach from its lower, Pooley Bridge and Penrith end, where the River Eamont runs out. The Cumberland and Westmorland border runs through Ullswater, but the A592 goes along the Cumberland side, the North West. There is a road from Pooley Bridge part way along the other side but it ends in the Martindale area, and the circuit of the lake can be completed only on foot. Ullswater is over 7 miles long and second in size only to Windermere.
Gowbarrow Park, 4 or 5 miles from the east end of the lake and beside the A592, should be seen in spring for its daffodils immortalized by Wordsworth. He knew this area well: “List, ye who pass by Lyulph's Tower”, he wrote at the beginning of The Somnambulist, and also refers to Aira Force, the fine waterfall away from the road, on Aira Beck. Lyulph, or L'Ulf, is said to have been the baron or chieftain who built a tower on this site (the present tower is modern), and Ullswater may be derived from his name. The National Trust owns most of this area, as well as some land at the head of the lake on the east side of Stybarrow Dodd, one of the peaks of the range of Helvellyn mountains. Wordsworth climbed Helvellyn from the west side with Scott and Humphry Davy in 1805. There are paths up this range from the Ullswater side, including Striding Edge, which juts out towards the lake. Grisedale comes down between this range and St Sunday Crag, 2,756 ft, which is South West of the lake; a path goes up Grisedale to Dollywaggon Pike. Glenridding is a hamlet by the lake, North of Grisedale. Opposite across the head of the lake is Place Fell, over 2,000 ft.
This stretch of the water is one of three which mark Ullswater's length, and their changes of direction alter the view considerably as you proceed. East of Place Fell and the Martindale area the High Street range, with its highest peak well to the South, slants northward towards the Pooley Bridge end of the lake. All these lofty peaks ranging round the south, west, and east areas of Ullswater make an impressive background to the quiet lake scene. In summer there is a regular service of motor vessels along the lake between Pooley Bridge and Glenridding, passing, towards the south end, the island of House Holme that is associated with legends of King Arthur. The full trip, either way, takes about an hour, and is, especially for drivers, a relaxing means of seeing the lake.
Nearby towns: Ambleside, Bassenthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, Langdale, Newby Bridge, Penrith
Nearby villages: Blencow, Cliburn, Dacre, Dockray, Edenhall, Ellonby, Elterwater, Glenridding, Grasmere, Great Blencow, Great Strickland, Greystoke, Hackthorpe, Johnby, Keld, Langwathby, Little Strickland, Lowther, Mardale, Mosedale, Mungrisdale, Newton Reigny, Patterdale, Penruddock, Plumpton Wall, Pooley Bridge, Rosgill, Rydal, Shap, Threlkeld, Tirril, Troutbeck, Wythburn
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