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Ullswater Tours

Ullswater
With an area of 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers), Ullswater is England’s second largest lake and one of its most beautiful, thanks to its zigzag shape and stunning setting. The area surrounding the lake is also famous for inspiring Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” sometimes also called “Daffodils.” 

The Basics
Ullswater and the surrounding area are popular with nature fans and literary lovers alike. Walk along the shores (as Wordsworth and his sister did), or get out on the water on a boat or even a surfboard. Lakeside villages and hamlets offer a variety of tours and rentals. 

To get a guided tour of the area, choose from full- or multi-day tour packages that combine time at the lake with visits to other local landmarks, such as Windermere and Castlerigg. You can also combine a visit with a stop at one of the nearby distilleries, farms, or stately homes. Round-trip tours of the area depart from Liverpool, Edinburgh, and even London.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There are a variety of cycling and walking routes around the lake, ranging from easy to more difficult.
  • Make sure to pack a raincoat when exploring the English countryside as the weather can change quickly.
  • Make sure to bring good-quality walking shoes to walk around the lake and hike in the countryside.

How to Get There
To reach the lake, head to Penrith, which is the closest major town. The Penrith train station connects to Glasgow Central, London Euston, Birmingham New Street, and other large stations around the country. You can also reach the station on the 508 bus, which stops at Pooley Bridge, Aira Force, Glenridding, and Patterdale, or take the 208 bus, which runs between Keswick and Ullswater every Saturday during the summer. Many tour companies also offer round-trip transportation from major British cities. 

When to Get There
Ullswater is most popular during spring and summer, when the area’s natural surroundings are at their most beautiful. The region is, however, also charming during the fall and winter, when you can enjoy dramatic vistas and cosy local pubs.

The Almost Lakeless District
The Lake District is known for its famous bodies of water, but few visitors realize that only one of these sights, Bassenthwaite Lake, is actually called “lake.” Instead, these landmarks’ names include the terms like mere, water, or tarn—Old and Middle English terms for different types of bodies of water. Visit the region on a guided tour to learn more about the area’s glacial formations and Norse heritage.
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10 Tours and Activities to Experience Ullswater

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Ultimate Full Day Tour visiting 10 Lakes, 4 passes and magnificent scenery

Ultimate Full Day Tour visiting 10 Lakes, 4 passes and magnificent scenery

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Discover multiple lakes, mountain passes, villages, and scenic viewpoints with a full-day itinerary that takes you around the Lakes District. Among the gems, visit Lake Windermere, Brothers Water, Grasmere, and Rydal Water, and enjoy a cruise on Ullswater. Throughout the tour a guide provides information on each destination, with a separate driver to maximize safety during transport.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

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Experience some of the highlights of the Lake District National Park on this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular small-group tour from Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, explore the beauty spots and villages of central Lakeland as you learn about its history. Ascend high mountain passes, visit a waterfall and see ten of the most beautiful lakes, including Buttermere and Thirlmere. Discover Borrowdale and quaint villages such as Grasmere; visit Castlerigg Stone Circle; and enjoy free time for lunch in the market town of Keswick.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.38
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Whisky, Vodka, Gin and a Cruise in the Lake District

Whisky, Vodka, Gin and a Cruise in the Lake District

This tour takes you to: ◾Lake Windermere views of the largest lake in the lake district, surrounded by panoramic mountain scenery. ◾Kirkstone Pass the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic. ◾Brothers Water in the Hartsop Valley . ◾Patterdale the village where walkers begin their ascent via the Striding Edge path up to Helvellyn, the third highest peak in the Lake District. ◾Glenridding close to the old Greenside Lead Mine. ◾Ullswater with spectacular views of the second largest lake in the Lake District. ◾Lake Cruise on Ullswater. ◾The Lakes Distillery for a tour of the distillery followed by a tasting session. ◾Thirlmerethe man-made vast reservoir. ◾Dunmail Raise the low-level mountain pass and legendary burial place of King Dunmail. ◾Grasmere one of the smaller lakes of the English Lake District. ◾Rydal Water tranquil and serene with beautiful reflections of Loughrigg fell.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$168.62
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Private Tour: Ultimate Full Day Scenic Tour visiting 10 Lakes

Private Tour: Ultimate Full Day Scenic Tour visiting 10 Lakes

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This tour takes you to: • Lake Windermere • Kirkstone Inn • Kirkstone Pass • Brothers Water • Patterdale • Glenridding • Ullswater • Lake Cruise on Ullswater. • Castlerigg stone circle • Lakeside at Keswick • Surprise View • Ashness Bridge • Honister Mine • Honister Pass • Buttermere • Crummock Water  • Moss Force waterfall • Thirlmere • Dunmail Raise • Grasmere • Rydal Water
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  • 8 hours
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4 hour Private Lake District tour (Tour B)

4 hour Private Lake District tour (Tour B)

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This tour allows you to visit two of the areas most popular tourist attractions, Aira force and Castlerigg stone circle. Both are not to be missed, and set amongst the Lake District National park's finest scenery. We will also drive over Kirkstone pass, the highest mountain pass in the Lake District, open to motor traffic with an altitude of 1,489 feet.
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  • 4 hours
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$302.16
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Private Tour: 8 Lakes and magnificent scenery - Afternoon tour

Private Tour: 8 Lakes and magnificent scenery - Afternoon tour

• Lake Windermere, views of the largest lake in the lake district. • Kirkstone Pass • Brothers Water • Patterdale • Glenridding • Ullswater • Glencoyne • Scenic drive along the shores of Ullswater. • Castlerigg Stone Circle • Ashness Bridge • Surprise View looking out over Derwent Water with spectacular views towards Bassenthwaite Lake • Thirlmere • Dunmail Raise the low-level mountain pass and legendary burial place of King Dunmail. • Grasmere one of the smaller lakes of the English Lake District. • Rydal Water
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  • 4 hours
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Full day Private tour of the Lake District

Full day Private tour of the Lake District

A full day Private guided tour is the ultimate way to get the very most out of your time in the Lake District. You will be able to sit back, relax and not have to worry about navigating your way around unfamiliar roads, but can just focus solely on the amazing countryside and breathtaking scenery. On this tour you will see beautiful lakes, spectacular waterfalls, traditional villages, and experience the thrill of driving over dramatic high mountain passes.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$589.93
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Private Tour: Ten Lakes Spectacular

Private Tour: Ten Lakes Spectacular

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Our Private Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour is the perfect opportunity for small groups of friends or family to enjoy their very own Private Tour. Our luxury, spacious 6 Seater minibus will allow you to travel the central Lake District in style. The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England. This full-day tour introduces you to ; a magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys, and lakes from the south to the north. The tour includes a lake cruise, a visit to the 4,000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle, set high on the fells, and time in Keswick for lunch. On this Lake District tour you will also travel over mountain passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls, and traditional Lakeland villages. Along the way, you will pass some of the region’s most spectacular sights, such as Borrowdale Valley, Newlands Valley, Thirlmere, and Grasmere. A highlight is the Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the most famous and most visited stone circles in the country.
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  • 8 hours
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$640.29
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Full-Day Private Luxury Tour Of The Northern Lake District

Full-Day Private Luxury Tour Of The Northern Lake District

The Northern Sights Tour is very popular as it affords the opportunity to see the beauty of the Skiddaw range of mountains whilst passing through the stunning scenery of the Central Lakes. You will see Neolithic structures dating back over 2000 years and what are considered the most beautiful of the lakes all in one day. We pride ourselves on customising all our tours to suit your personal requirements so if, for example, you'd prefer an alternative to the experience included just let us know. We can spend more time, or less, at places so please use the itinerary as a framework for us to create the perfect day for you. Although some guests actually want to see the Lakes at its wildest it can spoil it for others so, as "Pleasure first, Business second" is our mantra we, unlike most operators, will let you know in advance if we think the weather may be an issue to allow you to make an informed decision as to continue with your trip, arrange an alternative date or request a refund.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$395.68
Price varies by group size
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$395.68
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour: Ten Lakes Spectacular in 16 seater minibus

Private Tour: Ten Lakes Spectacular in 16 seater minibus

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Our Private Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour is the perfect opportunity for small groups of friends or family to enjoy their very own Private Tour. Our luxury, spacious 16 Seater minibus will allow you to travel the central Lake District in style. The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England. This full-day tour introduces you to ; a magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys, and lakes from the south to the north. Visit to the 4,000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle, set high on the fells, and time in Keswick for lunch. On this Lake District tour you will also travel over mountain passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls, and traditional Lakeland villages. Along the way, you will pass some of the region’s most spectacular sights, such as Borrowdale Valley, Newlands Valley, Thirlmere, and Grasmere. A highlight is the Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the most famous and most visited stone circles in the country.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$664.09
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