On a impromptu weekend away, we ventured to the Lake District and stayed in the lovely town of Glenridding at the southern end of Ullswater. With stunning 360◦ views, you can’t help but stop and absorb the beauty of the landscape while you plan mountain hikes and lakeside strolls.
Ullswater is approximately 7.5 miles long and the second largest lake in the Lake District. There’s a 20-mile walking route around the lake which is broken up into smaller sections, some of which can be linked by boat, saving tired legs or allowing for shelter from the rain. Getting out on the water also offers offers a new vantage point and a great way of taking in the the ever changing colours of the hillsides as the sun dips in behind the clouds.
We sailed on one of the Victorian ‘Ullswater Steamers‘ from Glenridding to Aira Force where the lakeshore was made famous by William Wordsworth in his poem I Wondered Lonely As A Cloud.
Arriving at Aira Force, we hopped off the boat to take in the magnificent waterfalls and woodlands. Now maintained by the National Trust, we wandered up through the woodland glades taking in the full force of the 65-foot waterfall drop from the stone bridge above. Aira has a Tree Trail marking out different trees and maps to allow children to become Red Squirrel Detectives.
Before you head back on to the Steamer to either continue around the lake or head back to your starting point you can take advantage of the National Trust tea room and enjoy a well-earned feast while you warm by the fire.
Images by Elinor Hil