On my recent trip from West Yorkshire to Glasgow I took the opportunity to stop off en route in the northern part of the Lake District at Ullswater Lake.
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 and 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 melt water which became a lake. A total of three separate glaciers formed the lake. The surrounding mountains give Ullswater the shape of a stretched ‘Z’ with three distinct segments (or ‘reaches’) that wend their way through the surrounding hills.
A short walk took me to the very edge of the lake where I could just stand and take in the panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding mountains, it has to be said that it is a pretty special place.
I took a little walk and came across a couple of men who seemed to be getting pleasure boats ready for the “summer season” although I am not quite sure what the guy stood in the water was doing (see photograph).
Although the light wasn’t very good I took quite a lot of shots of the lake and its backdrop. I also saw a couple walking on skis across the lake (no idea so don’t ask) and observed the little steamer coming into the small landing.
Even though the weather was not particularly good (and it is VERY changeable in this part of the UK) there were lots of visitors wandering down to the lake to take in the scenery.
After a quick lunch in a local café I was on my way north to Scotland.
Whilst acknowledging the beauty of the Lake District I think I still prefer the Yorkshire Dales…………………