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Ullswater walks to be enhanced with interpretation boards

Posted 26 September 2012
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Ullswater walks to be enhanced with interpretation boards
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A series of information panels are to be installed around the shores of Ullswater to enhance the experience for those who go walking alongside the lake.

The Lake District National Park Authority has installed eight interpretive panels at different points, focusing on the history, landscape, settlements and wildlife of the area.

Design and interpretation co-ordinator for the national park James Cook said: "Because Ullswater has so much to offer visitors it was difficult choosing what to highlight on the panels, but I’m very pleased with the finished result.

"I know the public will appreciate the lake even more after they've used the information on the panels."

The authority said the timing of the installation of the boards was likely to be very important, as it has happened just as the colours of autumn are set to emerge.

Many people will be more interested in Ullswater in the spring because of the daffodils famously written about by Wiliam Wordsworth, but before then visitors may find they particularly enjoy the golds, browns and reds of the next couple of months.

While shoreline walks may be popular around England's second largest lake, others will put on their walking boots and head for the fells on either side, which offer outstanding views from their lofty vantage points.

Ullswater is serpentine in shape, having three distinct sections and these can appear to weave in and out between the fells from certain angles.

Climbers on the Fairfield Horseshoe or Helvellyn may enjoy particularly good views, with these being the highest mountains in the area.

On the east side, Place Fell is not as high, although it does reach 2,156 ft and its steep sides make it look bigger than it is from down in Paterdale below.

A walk up this peak not only offers good views from the summit, but also a close-up vista from the banks of the lake on the path down to Howtown.

If the ascent of Place Fell is made from Glenridding via Boredale House, the circle can be completed by a ferry ride across the lake back to the start, ensuring Ullswater gets to be viewed from all angles.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801457011-ADNFCR