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The second largest lake in Cumbria and one of the quietest is Ullswater. There is no better way to experience its beauty than from the water itself. Enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and countryside while cruising the historic Ullswater Steamers. If you prefer to take the helm yourself - the Glenridding Sailing Centre offers family-friendly taster lessons from its base at the foot of Helvellyn and children can even steer the boat under supervision. Alternatively, rent kayaks and explore the bays and islands at the southern end of the Ullswater on your own.

Aira Force Waterfall

In the Ullswater Valley, the Aira Force waterfall is a popular destination. Most visitors walk up, take a few photos and take the same route back. However, we recommend parking near the village of Dockray and following the River Aira Beck downstream. In the distance, you will see the lake Ullswater as you wander through the ancient forests and admire the cliffs rising on either side. At the end you will reach the 20m high waterfall, which is just as awesome from the top as from the bottom.

Ravenglass & World Owl Trusts

Ravenglass is the only coastal town in the national park and is said to have once been the last point of defense of Hadrian's Wall. Here, against the backdrop of England's highest mountains, the Scafells, is the world's oldest narrow-gauge steam locomotive. Muncaster Castle, home of the World Owl Trust, is just 5 minutes away. Explore the 70-acre site - especially in May, when the bluebells and rhododendrons bloom. Panoramic views of the Lake District can be seen from Loughrigg Fell - although it is one of the smallest mountains in the Wainwright Fells, its isolated location allows for views in all directions.


A round trip on the lake Derwentwater is worthwhile for nature lovers and peace seekers. The ships regularly commute between seven berths so you can enjoy a 50-minute cruise or stopover to explore the pebbly beaches and hiking trails on the lake. A good starting point is the marina at Nichol End with the on-site café serving homemade pizza you can sit and overlook the slopes of Skiddaw. A short walk will take you to the nearest wharf in Hawes, from where you can continue your boat ride or join hikers in the direction of High Brandelhow via the 451m high Catbells.