For this travel video we visited Ullswater Lake and the picturesque village of Pooley Bridge in the English Lake District
When you think of England, images of beautiful rolling countryside instantly come to mind and what better place to see this than the stunning English Lake District. For this video, Paul and Natasha Godbold headed to Ullswater Lake, the second largest lake in the Lake District and then onto Pooley Bridge. Most visitors from overseas that come to the Lake District visit the regions two most famous lakes, Windermere and Coniston, but if you only do this, you’ll be missing some amazing visual treats just a short drive away.
At almost 9 miles in length, Ullswater offers you a huge number of opportunities to find that perfect picturesque location for you to relax, unwind and contemplate. If you head to Ullswater from Windermere and the weather is good, drive along the Kirkstone Pass. This is the highest pass in the Lake District and provides astonishing views of the surrounding countryside and plenty of places to take a memorable photograph. At it’s highest point you’ll be at an altitude of 1500 feet and just before you reach the summit you can stop off for some refreshments at the Kirkstone Pass Inn, the third-highest public house in England.
To be truthful, there is not a huge amount to do at Ullswater Lake, but that is the point, when you go there you don’t want to do do much more than simply stare at the natures beauty. We’d recommended getting a drink and some food, walking in the fresh air and strolling around the lake. If you want to stay longer there is good quality accommodation and of course the opportunity to travel on the the famous ‘steamers’ which sail up and down the lake taking you to the waterside villages and hamlets.
We decided on this occasion to not take a steamer and instead drove along the beautiful lakeside road to Pooley Bridge.
About Pooley Bridge
Pooley Bridge is a village that looks like it has been lifted from a postcard. It was formerly known as Pooley or Pool How meaning the hill by the pool or stream. When you arrive at the village you’ll see why it is now known as Pooley Bridge as there is a beautiful arched stone built bridge stretching across the River Earmont which flows into Ullswater Lake. Aside from Ullswater Lake, the River Earmont is the main feature of this picturesque village.
With it’s crystal clear water, abundance of wildlife and riverside pubs and cafes it really should be one of your must visit places when you come to this area of the Lake District. And the best bet? It is quiet, far less crowded than Windermere and Consiton and a perfect place for those wanting to take great photographs, spend quality time with a loved ones or just to see one of England’s, visual gems.
Things to do at Pooley Bridge: Have some refreshment at the riverside pubs and cafes, feed the ducks and swans down by the river. Take the steamer to another part of Ullswater Lake to continue exploring.
With all of the places we visited today, we would urge you to take a walk in the beautiful English countryside and fill your lungs with some fresh air, after all, it’s free!