Friday, 24 April 2009


Ullswater is the second largest lake in the English Lake District, being approximately nine miles (14.5 kilometres) long and 0.75 miles (1,200 m) wide with a maximum depth of slightly more than 60 metres (197 ft).

Many regard Ullswater as the most beautiful of the English lakes: it has been compared to 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 and when the glacier retreated, the deepened section filled with meltwater which became a lake. The surrounding mountains give Ullswater the shape of an elongated 'Z' with three distinct segments (or 'reaches') that wend their way through the surrounding hills.

For much of its length Ullswater forms the border between the ancient counties of Cumberland and Westmorland.

Ullswater's attractions include the Ullswater 'Steamers' which offer trips around the lake calling at Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, and Howtown. The 'Steamers' operate all year round and 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 four 'Steamers' plying the waters of Ullswater: Raven, Lady of the Lake, Lady Dorothy and, since April 2007, Lady Wakefield. All the boats are now powered by diesel, with the two oldest, Lady of the Lake and Raven, having been converted from steam in the 1930s. People often catch the 'Steamer' from Glenridding to Howtown and then return on foot along the lakeshore to complete one of the most popular and scenic low-level walks in the Lake District.

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. (Ok we were not going there).

Ullswater is very popular as a sailing location, with sailing marinas situated around the lake, for example the Glennridding Sailing Centre and the Ullswater Caravan and Camping Marine Park (Fairfield Marine). At weekends especially, the lake is dotted with many yachts but there are facilities also for diving, rowing and motorboats. And here we are with our row boat. You can hire one for 14 GBP an hour. And I tell you, on windy day it can be a lot of exercise. Especially when a lot of motor boat passing by.

It's always a great previledge to stop and watch how beautiful the world around us. It's a shame that many Britons today much rather acknowlege Big Bang for it rather than its mighty creator.

Psalms 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein


Liss said...

Being out on the water and exploring is always fun.

sharilyn said...

looks like you had such fun, jessica... and such lovely scenery... thanks for sharing!

Cath J said...

AWESOME!!! I love the lake...

J.H said...

@Liss, Sharilyn and Cath :
that's right, unfortunately Lake District is about 3 hour from where we lived otherwise I would love to go there every weekend!