Pooley Bridge, a bustling village at the northern end of Ullswater, is a good point to board one of the steamers, and a leisurely way to take in the magnificent Lakeland scenery. On Monday it was summer – perfect for a relaxing cruise with friends.
- Ullswater is the second largest lake after Windermere
- Wastwater is the deepest
- Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England
Whatever the statistics, there’s no getting away from the beauty of the Lake District:
- the most visited national park in the United Kingdom
- the largest of the thirteen national parks in England and Wales
- the second largest in the UK after the Cairngorms
Generally, my preferred option of exploration is on foot. Ooh, the pain getting to the top. Aah, the relief when the ground levels out. Yum, the reward of a well-earned picnic. A good spot to settle down, take in the panorama of big skies, mountain peaks, wooded hillsides, inky blue lake dotted with miniature boats, is worth every breathless step of getting there. That said, barely a ripple on the water, sunshine all the way, the effortless boat trip was a pleasure.
Cycling, sailing, walking, driving – the Lake District, which isn’t far from Blackpool, is special whichever way you choose to see it.