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Ullswater is the second largest lake at 7.5 miles long. on average 3/4 mile wide and with a maximum depth of 205 feet at Howtown. It has three distinct bends giving it a dog’s leg appearance.
The village of Pooley Bridge is at the northern end, Glenridding at the southern end, with Howtown about halfway down.
Ullswater is clear but deep, and in the deepest part lives a curious fish called the skelly, a sort of freshwater herring.
Ullswater Cruises operate two diesel craft ‘Raven’ and ‘Lady of the Lake’ during the summmertime. Possibly the best lakeshore walk is found on Ullswater’s south eastern shore, between Howtown and Glenridding – two of the three stopping points for the boats, with striking views across Ullswater’s most attractive section.
Boat hire is available on the lake shores as well as sailing and windsurfing courses.
A visit to Glencoyne Park by William and Dorothy Wordsworth on 15 April 1802, gave him the inspiration to write his most famous poem, ‘Daffodils’.
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