Ullswater got its name from L'Ulf, a viking settler.
In the southwest, its walled by Place Fell in the east and the fells of Fairfield and Helvellyn in the west. Helvellyn is particularly spectacular. If you have no fear of heights, then you can walk to Helvellyn via Stridding Edge.
In the middle reaches the austere crags of the Borrowdale Volcanics in the east, contrast with the angular shapes of slate.
In the northeast, rolling hills of limestone and sandstone stretch to Penrith and the Eden Valley
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