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We look at the activities children can enjoy around Ullswater – waterfalls, steamers and stately homes

The lake

The second biggest lake in the Lake District, Ullswater benefits from the dramatic peaks of Helvellyn soaring above its eastern edge.

Here there aren’t the huge crowds which descend on Windermere, which means quiet coves can be found on both east and west sides.

There are plenty of stony shorelines and woods to play in. You can hire boats to enjoy the water or just picnic and take in the view.

A view through the trees of the lake, Ullswater

Ullswater

Rheged

This is your best rainy day option near Ullswater. You can choose from pottery painting, soft play and an outdoor playground.

There is also a cinema, arts shows and restaurants. Watch out for temporary exhibitions, there was a brilliant Lego one when we visited. For more information visit the Rheged website.

Aira Force

This spectacular waterfall is a must-see. The walk up has some steep drops so keep an eye – and a hand – on small children.

You can walk up from the National Trust car park, through the woods, to the waterfall and down the other side in around an hour.

At the end there’s a babbling river to explore and nice park to play in. For more info visit National Trust Aira Force.

a racing steam near Aira Force in the Lake District

The streams and woodland of Aira Force

Askham Hall

The nature trail at this small stately home is brilliant for little ones. The trail winds through gorgeous gardens, with farm animals to see.

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At the end there is a play area, cafe with a pizza oven and delicious cakes. A perfect place to spend a few hours. For more information visit the Askham Hall website.

Ullswater Steamers

These traditional boats are the best way around the area.

They sail between Glenridding in the south and Pooley Bridge in the north with a stop at Howtown in the middle of the lake.

We got off at Howtown to take a walk up Hallin Fell which was a memorable picnic spot.

Tickets and information on the Ullswater Steamers website.

An Ullswater steamer on the lake

The steamers are the best way to travel around Ullswater

Have we missed out any of your family’s favourite activities around Ullswater, do let us know in the comments below.

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