Sailing dinghy copyright Michael Turner

Uniquely Ullswater

Did you know?

  1. Donald Campbell achieved his first world speed record on Ullswater Lake in 1955.
  2. Bannerdale valley has the oldest native herd of red deer in England.
  3. Greenside Mine was the most profitable and largest lead mine in the Lake District. It was the first British mine to use hydroelectric power.
  4. Wordsworth's Daffodil poem was inspired by flowers on the Ullswater lakeshore.
  5. Aira Force was developed as pleasure ground in the 1770s when the 11th Duke of Norfolk built Lyulphs Tower as a hunting lodge. A Pinetum was added in the mid 1840s by the 13th Duke, including exotic conifers from North America.
  6. The first plane to land on a mountain was on Helvellyn.
  7. During World War Two, Ullswater was used to test mini submarines, naval craft and flying boats.
  8. Kirkstone Pass is the highest mountain pass in the Lake District.
  9. The 5th Earl of Lonsdale known as the Yellow Earl was the founder and first president of the Automobile Association. This is why AA badges have this colour. He also donated the original Lonsdale Boxing Belt.
  10. Lanty's Tarn above Glenridding has an ice house.
  11. Helvellyn is climbed daily during winter by our Fell Top Assessors. Their report about conditions on top of the mountain appears on Weatherline opens in new window)

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