Ullswater; majestic even in the rain

Published 18 August 2013

Ullswater, seen from Gowbarrow Fell

As I mentioned recently, my (then) six month old son Sam made it up to his first fell – Gowbarrow Fell – during our visit to the Lake District.

True, he didn’t make it up there under his own steam, but it’s surely best to get them started. I’m already planning on his first trip doing the Pennine Way when he’s ten. (Have I ever mentioned that his mum did the Pembrokeshire Coast Path aged nine? Oh yes, I have.)

Of course when you’ve six months old (as he was then) you probably don’t appreciate the views you get from the side of a Wainwright. Which is a shame as Gowbarrow Fell has them in abundance; most of them of Ullswater.

This nine mile long lake dominates the eastern side of the Lake District, however thanks to the fact that it’s only got minor road and bus links, it’s a part of the Lakes that is relatively quiet. True, there’s the statutory lake boat cruise on it, but it doesn’t get the crowds.

Which is probably why I like it so much, even if I haven’t been there much. My only previous visit to the area had been an especially soggy trip on the Coast to Coast in 2010. And now, three years on another wet day.

One day I’ll be back and will see Ullswater on a good day. And I’m sure it will look splendid. But as it won’t be raining, I’m not entirely sure I will actually even recognise it.

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