Patterdale and Glenridding villages sit alongside each other at the southern tip of Ullswater, with the hamlet of Hartsop nestled further up the valley towards Kirkstone Pass and Brotherswater.
At 7-miles long, Ullswater is the Lake Districts second largest lake (although not officially a lake), Windermere being the largest, and as such Ullswater also benefits from the Ullswater Cruise Boats, which sails between Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, at the north end of Ullswater, via Howtown on the eastern shore.
Another popular option is to walk the length of Ullswater using the footpath that hugs the eastern shore, from Patterdale to Pooley Bridge taking in fantastic views and plenty of spots for a swim.
Walkers will be spoilt for choice in the Ullswater valley, having the Helvellyn range, and Place Fell on the doorstep.
Visitors looking to explore the wider Lake District will find the central location ideal to visit Ambleside and Windermere by car, over Kirkstone Pass. Head north to join the A66 to Keswick or Penrith.
Whatever your plans are, you’ll certainly enjoy your time in this splendid Lake District valley!