Glenridding village, Ullswater, 9 miles long,Lake District, is much favoured by climbers and hill walkers as well as people who enjoy a watery time. William Wordsworth wrote his famous ‘Lonely as a cloud…‘ poem here. Photo by Diliff.
Three popular lakes
Windermere town and tourists waiting for a boat tour. Photo by Lukasz Nurczynski.
Windermere is the largest lake and has a sizeable town of the same name about a mile away that doesn’t have much going for it.
Small but attractive Bowness is the nearest lakeside town where marine action – such as ferries or rowing or sailing boat rental – takes place.
Across Windermere from Bowness is the tiny village of near Sawrey where the children’s author Beatrix Potter’s bought and lived in William Wordsworth’s home, Dove Cottage – which still stands and is particularly popular with Japanese tourists. Wordsworth attended the local school.
Ullswater is probably the lake that inspired Wordsworth’s ‘Lonely as a Cloud’ poem and also the place where Donald Campbell set a water speed record in 1955.
Keswick town and Bassenthwaite Lake. Photo by Diliff.