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Surrounded by towering mountains, the setting of England’s second largest lake, Ullswater, is dramatic.

There are many hiking options in stunning scenery available for all abilities here, including the ascent of Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain, which is approached along the razor-sharp ridge of Striding Edge. Wordsworth’s famous daffodils can be seen in the woods around Ullswater during spring.

The lake can also be enjoyed from the water; motorboat and rowing boat hire as well as lake cruises are available.