Ullswater is approximately 8 miles long but less than 1 mile across. It is the second longest lake in England. Sir Donald Campbell set a world water speed record of 202.32 mph on Ullswater in July 1958 in Bluebird K7. There is a memorial plaque at the Glenridding Pier commemorating this achievement. Later world record attempts took place on Coniston.
You can take steamer rides down the lake – there is a new pier now at Aira Force as well as the ones at Pooley Bridge and Howtown. A favourite day out is to take the steamer from Glenridding to Howtown and then walk back along the far side of the lake – this is especially nice in autumn when all the silver birches are cloaked in gold.By Jan on May 16th, 2017