Ullswater steamer boat Lake District

Self-catering holiday cottages to rent in Northern Ullswater and Pooley Bridge area

The appeal of a self-catering holiday in the Lake District extends far beyond families. Professional couple taking a break from the city, honeymoon couples seeking a quiet romantic weekend or even groups on a charity outing will find that the Lake District and Cumbria could have just what they are looking for.

As well as self-catering cottages, chalets and lodges, you'll find a number of caravan and touring parks in the Lake District. These parks all have exceptional facilities and are located right across Cumbria, giving the visitor a excellent choice of Lakeside locations to stay in. These caravan parks offer very good value for money as well as some of the best locations in Cumbria from which to enjoy your Lake District holiday or break.

And for those who are really keen to experience the great outdoors first hand, camping can offer a great alternative “back to nature” way to enjoy the Lake District. There are numerous top class camping sites to choose from, making it very easy to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of this world-class area.


Ullswater Steamer and wildlife in The Lake District

The Lake District is renowned for its abundance of wildlife, some of it unique, and others extremely rare, in England. For example, England's rarest and possibly most endangered species of fish, the Vendace, which is a freshwater whitefish, is found only in the Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water lakes.

There are a further two extremely rare species, the Schelly (which lives in Brothers Water, Haweswater, Red Tarn and Ullswater) and although slightly more widespread, the still endangered Arctic Charr (which can be found in Buttermere, Coniston Water, Crummock Water, Ennerdale Water, Haweswater, Loweswater, Thirlmere, Wast Water, and Windermere). /

However, anglers now have to observe a relatively recent fisheries bye law introduced to the North-West of England in July 2002 by the Environment Agency to help protect some of the rarest fish species. This bye law bans the use of all freshwater fish as either live or dead bait in fourteen of the lakes in the Lake District to help conserve the rarer fish stocks.

Lake Ullswater sees wonderful ‘heritage’ steamers plying backward and forward on this lovely lake, as they have done, unbeknown to many visitors, for the past 150 years. They are a wonderful way to enjoy this stretch of water, admiring the fantastic views and scenery as you relax and let the captain do the navigating. You can also ‘mix and match’ a boat trip with a relaxing walk on the miles of bridleways that are linked linked by the boat routes.

The perfect way to enjoy Ullswater. And what’s more, a percentage of ticket sales is donated towards the local tourism and conservation partnership helping to work towards a sustainable future for the national park.

You can even engage an Ullswater steamer as a unique way of celebrating a special occasion. Whatever the weather, you'll go away with plenty of memories to treasure.

So it can be seen why the literary trail is extremely long and fascinating for those wishing to explore British literary heritage. Many literary followers chose to rent self-catering accommodation beside Coniston, Ullswater or Windemere and blaze a relaxed literary trail of their own and in their own time. They visit not only to follow the literary greats, but to attend theatre, events and workshops arranged b y the various associations and groups dedicated to literature and literary heritage in the region