A great location for visiting the Northern Lake District, the Eden Valley or the North Pennines
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Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District and is approximately nine miles long and 3/4 mile wide with a maximum depth of slightly more than 197 ft. The surrounding fells give Ullswater its distinctive stretched S shape.
Many regard Ullswater as the most beautiful of the English lakes; it has been compared to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland and it is a popular tourist destination. It is a typical Lake District narrow "ribbon lake" formed after the last ice age when a glacier scooped out the valley floor and when the glacier retreated, the deepened section filled with meltwater which became a lake.
Ullswater's attractions include the Ullswater 'Steamers' which offer trips around the lake calling at Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, Howtown and Aira Force. The 'Steamers' operate all year round. Visitors often catch the 'Steamer' from Glenridding to Howtown and then return on foot along the lake shore to complete one of the most popular and scenic low-level walks in the Lake District.
A 20-mile walking route, the Ullswater Way, was officially opened in 2016 by writer and broadcaster Eric Robson.